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Alphabet plans to build its own city for Project Sidewalk

Alphabet plans to build its own city for Project Sidewalk What would it be like if you could build a new city with all the fancy futuristic technologies that are around the corner?Rather than be content with projections and simulations, Alphabet’s Sidewalk labs plans to build a real city called Project Sidewalk from the ground up to test new technologies.

Pokémon Go is a roaring success — so why did Google spin off the company that developed it?

Pokémon Go is a roaring success — so why did Google spin off the company that developed it? Its developer, Niantic, has just vaulted from its position as a young company with a modestly successful mobile AR game (Ingress) to a behemoth of online gaming.However, Niantic’s independence was probably critical to landing a contract with Nintendo in the first place, according to Business Insider.

Strung out: Google Fiber reportedly slashing staff, may kill future expansions

Strung out: Google Fiber reportedly slashing staff, may kill future expansions For four years, Google Fiber has offered a high-speed Internet access alternative.While Google Fiber has been well-received in the press and technical publications, actual sign-ups appear to be far below the company’s target goal of five million people.

Google spins off self-driving car business as Waymo

Google spins off self-driving car business as Waymo Now, the company has announced a new direction: Google is moving its self-driving car unit out of Google X, the company’s skunkworks division, and establishing it as an independent subsidiary of Alphabet, Google’s parent corporation.Scuttlebutt suggests that Alphabet wants to shift Waymo from researching the self-driving car problem to a partnership model in which the company allies with other automotive manufacturers to create self-driving cars.

Google's moonshots appear not so crazy now as company proves its worth beyond mobile ads

Google's moonshots appear not so crazy now as company proves its worth beyond mobile ads Overall, revenue was up 22 percent year over year.4 billion in ad revenue (out of a total of $26.

Google Fiber is slashing employees, preparing to deploy wireless access points instead of fiber optics

Google Fiber is slashing employees, preparing to deploy wireless access points instead of fiber optics Over the past year, it’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s new parent company that runs the Access division responsible for deploying Google Fiber, hasn’t been thrilled with that segment’s performance or cost structure.Now, word is that Access employees are being reassigned or terminated, while plans to expand Google Fiber beyond its current markets are being substantially overhauled.

Project Loon uses machine learning to make internet balloons 'dance on the wind'

Project Loon uses machine learning to make internet balloons 'dance on the wind' The aptly named Project Loon started as a “moonshot” experiment at Google’s X division in 2011.The goal was to provide wireless internet access to remote areas with high-altitude balloons, which does indeed sound loony.

Google pledges $11.5 million to racial justice innovators across the U.S.

Google pledges $11.5 million to racial justice innovators across the U.S. CPE partners with police departments and communities across the country, using data science to track racial disparities in law enforcement in major cities.5 million will benefit Measures for Justice, which will launch a web platform this year that gathers criminal justice data at the county level.

Google goes after Uber in court over self-driving car secrets

Google goes after Uber in court over self-driving car secrets Silicon Valley giants seem to be stepping on each other's toes in the race to bring self-driving cars to the road.In a lengthy Medium post announcing the suit, the company's spokespeople alleged that a former project manager, Anthony Levandowski, stole thousands of proprietary files before leaving to start his own self-driving car startup, Otto.

Botnets are zombie armies and other helpful analogies from Alphabet's new Chrome extension

Botnets are zombie armies and other helpful analogies from Alphabet's new Chrome extension Google's parent company is trying to make complex tech jargon easier to understand.Alphabet's Jigsaw group launched a new project called Sideways Dictionary, which uses wacky analogies to explain tech and cybersecurity jargon.

Even more brands have joined a boycott against Google over ads on extremist videos

Even more brands have joined a boycott against Google over ads on extremist videos Several more joined in over the weekend, including three of the UK's largest banks — HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Lloyds — and British department store Marks & Spencer.The crisis was enough to prompt ad industry analyst Brian Wieser to downgrade parent company Alphabet's stock from "buy" to "hold" on Monday.

Google 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear by offensive content, Eric Schmidt says

Google 'can't guarantee' ads won't appear by offensive content, Eric Schmidt says At least that's the opinion of Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, and the most prominent public face of the search giant.More than 250 brands have pulled ads after reports that they were appearing near YouTube videos from terrorists, Nazis and other hate-mongers.