5 years ago
by imokruok+14 +1
Protecting Google from political contamination from Alphabet’s wider activities is not just necessary for Google—it’s necessary for Alphabet. Google search is mostly safe, mostly helpful, and free: by associating it with grace and favor, as Machiavelli advises, Alphabet can contain possible affairs of reproach elsewhere in its portfolio. This is shrewd statecraft.
Last year we learned that Google was embarking on a project to make smart contact lenses for measuring glucose levels. That project led to the formation of a whole health-focused unit, the Life Sciences team, which has just graduated into its own standalone Alphabet company.
Google has changed a lot over the past 17 years—from the range of our products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today we’re changing things up once again.
Google has hired auto industry veteran and former Hyundai U.S. CEO John Krafcik to run its self-driving car program. He is credited with turning around Hyundai's U.S. operations.
Alphabet’s Google plans to fold its Chrome operating system for personal computers into its Android mobile-operating system, a sign of the growing dominance of mobile computing.
9 months ago
by estherschindler+9 +1
It covers almost three quarters of the Earth, but we know only a fraction of what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. Google’s parent company Alphabet has today launched a new initiative called Tidal aimed at changing that.