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Google affiliate abandons futuristic neighborhood project

May 08, 2020 - 9:20 AM

Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Google's parent Alphabet, abandons plans to build a futuristic neighborhood in Toronto, citing economic uncertainty

SIDEWALK LABS. This undated photo received on October 31, 2019 shows Sidewalk Labs in Toronto, Ontario. STR/AFP

Google parent Alphabet sees growth despite pandemic; shares jump

Apr 29, 2020 - 10:43 AM

Alphabet reports a profit of $6.8 billion in the first 3 months of the year, up nearly 3% from last year

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on January 21, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Loon internet balloons take flight in Kenya

Apr 23, 2020 - 3:34 PM

Alphabet subsidiary Loon marks its first commercial service, about 7 years since it became an official project at the company

LOON. A Loon internet ballon in flight. Photo from Loon blog/Medium

Google building self-check website for coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 - 9:52 AM

Verily Life Sciences is testing a 'tool to help triage individuals for COVID-19 testing,' Google confirms on Twitter

Big Tech acquisitions over past decade to face fresh U.S. scrutiny

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:33 PM

The bombshell announcement by the US Federal Trade Commission opens the door to fresh scrutiny of deals made by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google parent Alphabet since 2010

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) building is seen 19 September 2006 in Washington, DC. File photo by Paul J. Richards/AFP

Disappointing growth hits Google parent Alphabet shares

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:08 AM

Alphabet highlights growth in YouTube and cloud services as it works to reduce its dependence on the digital advertising which delivers most of its cash.

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U.S. tech giants sued over cobalt mine child labor deaths

Dec 17, 2019 - 5:25 PM

The case is lodged on December 15 in the name of 14 unidentified victims, who are members of the families of children killed in tunnel collapses, as well as children maimed as they worked

COBALT CULPABILITY. A child and a woman break rocks extracted from a cobalt mine at a copper quarry and cobalt pit in Lubumbashi on May 23, 2016. Photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

Google's Sundar Pichai named CEO at parent firm Alphabet

Dec 04, 2019 - 9:34 AM

Pichai takes over from Larry Page, a co-founder of the internet giant, at Google's parent company

NEW CEO. Sundar Pichai (R) will take over from Larry Page (L), a co-founder of the internet firm, at the parent company which includes Google as well as units focusing on 'other bets' in areas including self-driving cars and life sciences. Photo by Josh Edelson, Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Alphabet scrutinizing handling of misconduct claims

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:40 PM

Google would provide 'more granularity' regarding sexual harassment investigations and their outcomes, according to CEO Sundar Pichai.

Google parent Alphabet quarterly profit misses mark

Oct 29, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Digital advertising on Google continues to be the primary money-maker for Alphabet – accounting for some $34 billion in revenue

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Google/Alphabet sees fresh growth amid antitrust woes

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Profits triples in the 2nd quarter from a year earlier to $9.9 billion while revenues increase 19% to $38.9 billion.

Explainer: what is surveillance capitalism and how does it shape the economy

Jul 15, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Surveillance capitalism describes a market driven process where the commodity for sale is your personal data, and the capture and production of this data relies on mass surveillance of the internet

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EU fine on Google weighs on parent Alphabet profits

Apr 30, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Alphabet says profit in the first-quarter fell 29% to $6.7 billion on revenue that climbed 17% to $36.3 billion.

GOOGLE. A woman and her child play on a Google sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on September 26, 2018. File photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Google parent Alphabet hit by rising costs

Feb 05, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Alphabet reports a profit of $8.9 billion in the fourth quarter on revenue that was up 22% to $39.3 billion from the same period a year earlier

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IN NUMBERS: The fake YouTube views market

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:23 PM

For about $14, a client can buy 1,000 'views' for a YouTube video

These tech giants are the world's top 5 in stock value

Aug 03, 2018 - 9:46 AM

Apple leads in the profits column by a mile with $48.4 billion in 2017. Microsoft comes in at a far second with $16.6 billion in its 2018 fiscal year, and Facebook at third with $15.9 billion

U.S. tech stocks continue to slide on weak day for global equities

Jul 31, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all continue to decline since Facebook signaled slower growth last week

TECH STOCKS. People are reflected in the window of the Nasdaq MarketSite in Times Square on July 30, 2018 in New York City. As technology stocks continued their slide on Monday, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1 percent in afternoon trading with shares of Facebook, Netflix, Amazon and Google-parent Alphabet all declining. Photo by Spencer Platt/AFP

Google parent Alphabet sees record highs despite EU fine

Jul 24, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Revenues jump 26% from a year ago to $32.7 billion, surpassing analyst expectations

FINE RECOVERY. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company would take a 'constructive approach' to the EU ruling that slapped the search giant with a multibillion dollar fine. In this photo, Pichai appears at the their annual I/O conference held back in May 2018. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:51 AM

Loon is Alphabet's radical project for global internet connectivity with balloons while Wing focuses on auto drone delivery technology to reduce fossil fuel use and urban congestion

LOON. The radical project from Google involves the use of balloons to deliver connectivity. Screenshot from Google.

Google parent 'graduates' moonshot projects Loon, Wing

Jul 11, 2018 - 11:41 PM

'Now that the foundational technology for these projects is built, Loon and Wing are ready to take their products into the world,' Astro Teller says in a blog post

PROJECT LOON. The Loon team chase a very early prototype across California’s Central Valley. Image from

Google parent Alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

Apr 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Profit in the first 3 months of 2018 soar more than 70% from a year to $9.4 billion, Alphabet says in an earnings report that is well above forecasts

Google parent hit by higher costs, names new chairman

Feb 02, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Alphabet reports a loss of $3 billion for the fourth quarter as it set aside $11 billion for taxes

GOOGLE. A woman sits in a Las Vegas Monorail car with a Google ad prior to the CES 2018 on January 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. File photo by Alex Wong/AFP

Latest Alphabet 'moonshot' aims to thwart cyber attacks

Jan 25, 2018 - 1:23 PM

Google parent company Alphabet unveils Chronicle, a new unit dedicated to 'helping companies find and stop cyber attacks before they cause harm'

Chairman of Google parent company Alphabet stepping down

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:16 AM

Eric Schmidt, Alphabet's soon-to-be former executive chairman, is set to remain in the company as technical advisor

SCHMIDT. Executive Chairman Alphabet Inc. Eric Schmidt gestures as he speaks during a session at The Viva Technology Event in Paris on June 15, 2017. Photo by Bertrand Guay/AFP

Alphabet quarterly profit climbs on ads and other bets

Oct 27, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Alphabet profit is up 32.4% to $6.7 billion on in the quarter on revenue that increased 24% to $27.8 billion, up 24% from the same period a year earlier

Filipina scientist wins prestigious 'Women in Science' fellowship in Australia

Oct 26, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Dr Jacquiline Romero, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, is recognized as an Australian Fellow of the prestigious L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship for her work on quantum alphabets

FELLOW. Dr Jacquiline Romero is one of the Australian Fellows of the prestigious L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowship. Screenshot from YouTube

Google finds Russian-financed content – Washington Post

Oct 10, 2017 - 12:51 PM

The search giant says Russian agents spent 'tens of thousands of dollars' on ads meant to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections

Project Loon gets license to help bring back Puerto Rico cell signal

Oct 09, 2017 - 1:02 PM

The US Federal Communications Commission allows Project Loon to fly 30 helium balloons in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for 6 months to deliver emergency LTE cellular reception in the areas

PUERTO RICO. A man installs a tarp over a damaged business roof in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, in Aibonito, Puerto Rico, September 29, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Google fires defender of tech gender gap – U.S. media

Aug 08, 2017 - 4:36 PM

UPDATED Google chief executive Sundar Pichai while supporting the right of employees to express themselves says To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK

GOOGLE. The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

Jul 25, 2017 - 12:09 PM

Alphabet reports a quarterly profit of 3 5 billion in a sharp decline from a year ago with a 2 74 billion antitrust fine in Europe biting into earnings

Alphabet accuses Uber of stealing self-driving car technology

Feb 24, 2017 - 9:16 AM

Waymo s lawsuit contends Anthony Levandowski in December 2015 downloaded more than 14 000 proprietary files from a highly confidential design server to a laptop

Health-focused Alphabet subsidiary receives $800 mn investment

Jan 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The cash injection fast tracks the company s plans to bring health information devices to the market

VERILY. Formerly known as Google Life Sciences, Verily devotes its resources to applying technology to problems in health and biology. Logo from Verily

Alphabet profit up as 'big bets' show promise

Jan 27, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Mobile search and YouTube drive fourth quarter earnings for Google s parent company

POSITIVE GROWTH. Google's parent company is seeing a lot of momentum in latest reports. Logo by Alphabet

Alphabet drops dream of drones providing internet

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:44 PM

Google s parent company says high altitude balloons may be the more feasible solution

Cuba signs deal with Google for faster access

Dec 13, 2016 - 4:25 PM

Eric Schmidt executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet signs the deal in Havana alongside the head of Cuban state telecommunications company Etecsa Mayra Arevich

CUBA'S GOOGLE DEAL. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt poses beside a picture of late Cuban political leader Fidel Castro during the signing of a bilateral agreement with Cuban national telecom provider (ETECSA) in Havana, on Decemberr 12, 2016. Photo by Yamil Lage / AFP

Mobile, video pump up profit at Google parent Alphabet

Oct 28, 2016 - 5:01 PM

Net profit climbs 27 to 5 1 billion Revenue rises to 22 5 billion from 18 7 billion in the same period a year earlier Shares rise nearly 1 in after market trades that followed the release of the stronger than expected earnings figures

GOOGLE. People visit the new Google pop-up shop in the SoHo neighborhood on October 20, 2016 in New York City. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Google puts expansion of fiber optic network on hold

Oct 26, 2016 - 4:37 PM

In cities where service started or is being developed work will press ahead says Craig Barratt head of the Access division that covers the Google Fiber project Other possible expansion will be on hold he adds

Google brings Earth into better focus

Jun 29, 2016 - 6:00 PM

Google Earth creates unobstructed views of the surface of the planet by analyzing millions of images and stitching together the clearest bits

GOOGLE EARTH. A Google Earth image of Columbia Glacier in Alaska. Photo from Google Maps blog.

Google ads take aim at people on the move

May 25, 2016 - 4:57 PM

Changes set to take place later this year include expanding space for text ads and making headlines more prominent

GOOGLE. A file picture dated 21 October 2004 shows a man passing by a Google logo in Frankfurt, Germany. File photo by Boris Roessler/EPA

Apple, Google locked in battle for supremacy

May 22, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Analysts say Google has been evolving from a pure search engine to a leader in mobile while Apple must find ways to keep its position as innovation leader

Google empire built on search looks to other bets

Apr 22, 2016 - 12:36 PM

Alphabet says net income hit 4 2 billion in the first 3 months of this year but shares sink more than 5 to 714 in after market trades that followed the release of the report

ALPHABET AND GOOGLE. Google updated logo on their campus in Mountain View, California, USA, 30 October 2015. After 16 years, Google made new type face changes to their logo in September 2015. File photo by John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Alphabet/Google overtakes Apple as biggest company

Feb 02, 2016 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED Alphabet s quarterly profit rose 5 to 4 92 billion on the back of strong online advertising revenue

Google updated logo on their campus in Mountain View, California, USA, October 30, 2015. John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Google parent Alphabet may open units to China – report

Oct 30, 2015 - 7:56 AM

Each Alphabet business can make its own decisions on which countries to operate in Sergey Brin is quoted as saying

ALPHABET. The term 'Alphabet' is seen on a screen displaying Google's web search engine, in Schwerin, Germany, 11 August 2015. File Photo by Jens Buettner/EPA

Google shares leap as quarterly profit beats street

Oct 23, 2015 - 5:05 AM

Newly formed parent company Alphabet reports Google profit in the recently ended quarter jumped 45 to 3 98 billion on revenue that was up 13 to 18 67 billion

ALPHABET. The term 'Alphabet' is seen on a screen displaying Google's web search engine, in Schwerin, Germany, 11 August 2015. File Photo by Jens Buettner/EPA

Google parent Alphabet codifies doing the right thing

Oct 06, 2015 - 10:54 AM

From the Alphabet code of conduct: Employees of Alphabet and its subsidiaries and controlled affiliates should do the right thing – follow the law act honorably and treat each other with respect

DO THE RIGHT THING. The term 'Alphabet' is seen on a screen displaying Google's web search engine, in Schwerin, Germany, 11 August 2015. File Photo by Jens Buettner/EPA

Google morphs into Alphabet as new plan takes shape

Oct 03, 2015 - 1:56 PM

Alphabet will be the corporate parent overseeing the Google unit for search and a handful of other operating firms created for projects in health Internet delivery investment and research

ALPHABET. Larry Page, Google co-founder and CEO speaks during the opening keynote at the Google I/O developers conference at the Moscone Center on May 15, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 02, 2015 - 6:54 PM

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Berkenalan dengan 'Google baru'

Sep 02, 2015 - 4:17 PM

Google meluncurkan logo baru dengan bentuk huruf yang mereka kembangkan sendiri dan bisa berubah bentuk

Foto oleh Google/EPA

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Aug 21, 2015 - 4:24 PM

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Pelobi Google Sundar Pichai ditunjuk jadi CEO

Aug 13, 2015 - 3:15 PM

Ia juga mampu merekrut mempertahankan dan menjadi mentor untuk tim yang luar biasa kata mantan rekan kerjanya

Sundar Pichai dalam Mobile World Congress 2015. Foto oleh: Toni Albir/EPA