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Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
After working on health tech at Apple, Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest as CTO to oversee long-term product roadmap   —  Alphabet Inc. re-hired Yoky Matsuoka to oversee technology at its Nest Labs Inc. smart home unit, snapping up the robotics and artificial intelligence expert after she recently left Apple Inc.
Jan 23, 2017, 5:10 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Andy Rubin's new startup, Essential, is working on a suite of consumer hardware products; source says the company aims to launch a smartphone this year   —  Android's creator is building a high-end smartphone to be the centerpiece of a series of AI-infused consumer gadgets.  —  by
Jan 13, 2017, 2:44 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet in talks to sell the Skybox Imaging satellite business it bought for $500M less than three years ago to Planet Labs   —  Planet Labs may buy Skybox and gain new employees from deal  —  Alphabet curbs plans for global internet satellite network
Jan 9, 2017, 7:10 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
How Alphabet has tightened spending on its Other Bets divisions such as Fiber, a strategy enforced by CFO Ruth Porat, leaving some employees frustrated   —  Alphabet's CFO Ruth Porat wants to bring focus to Mountain View.  Can the moonshot factory adapt?  —  by  —  Subscribe Reprints
Dec 8, 2016, 4:05 PMIn context
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
AppNexus, second to Google in the automated ad serving market, bans Breitbart News from using its network, citing several violations of its hate speech policy   —  AppNexus takes a stand as bigger rivals, Google and Facebook, face scrutiny over their handling of ‘fake news’
Nov 22, 2016, 4:45 PMIn context
Bloomberg:
Google last month quietly acquired Undecidable Labs, a startup providing purchase research to online shoppers, hired founder Cathy Edwards to head Image Search   —  Undecidable Labs, a startup founded by a former Apple engineer, is now part of Google's search team.  —  Alex Webb
Nov 15, 2016, 7:30 AMIn context
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet's Project Wing nixed a Starbucks partnership and froze hiring, asking some team members to look for other jobs within the company   —  Project Wing, born inside the Google X research lab, is the latest Alphabet project to be target of financial restraint.
Nov 8, 2016, 4:10 PMIn context
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet executives nixed a plan to sell robotic arms built by Google's robotics group because they wouldn't be used daily by billions of people   —  @mhbergen , More stories by Mark Bergen  —  Product developed in-house failed Page's ‘toothbrush test’  —  Robotics experts frustrated with Google's perfectionism
Oct 9, 2016, 10:20 PMIn context
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Sources: red tape and internal politics are slowing down moonshot efforts at Alphabet's X   —  Why?  —  Google's famed corporate research lab, first launched as Google X, was a sandbox for the company founders and its band of experimental scientists.  When Google became Alphabet …
Aug 29, 2016, 11:40 AMIn context
Mark Bergen / Recode:
Report: Google Fiber chief Craig Barratt was told by Larry Page to halve staff to 500; Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat interceded to defend business model   —  Another bump in the road for Alphabet.  —  For the past year, Ruth Porat, the CFO of Google and its parent Alphabet, has told Wall Street …
Aug 25, 2016, 3:35 PMIn context

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