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Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Alphabet is considering folding Nest Labs into Google's hardware team, reversing its split two years ago, to better compete with Amazon's home devices   —  Integration of Alphabet units would reverse an element of 2015 split as Google and Nest chase Amazon in home devices
Nov 30, 2017, 8:50 AMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Missouri AG launches probe into Google's practices including user data collection, use of other sites' content, and if search results favor its own services   —  Investigation includes whether Google unfairly favors its content in search results  —  Missouri's attorney general has launched …
Nov 13, 2017, 12:36 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Oct 5, 2017, 12:35 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Yelp writes letter to FTC alleging Google is breaking 2012 promise not to scrape content from sites that opt-out and says FTC should reopen investigation   —  The assertion intensifies Yelp's criticism that Google unfairly uses its influence to stifle competition
Sep 12, 2017, 3:50 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Anthony Levandowski worked for Larry Page's flying-car firm, Kitty Hawk, before leaving Google, signaling how highly Alphabet executives regarded him   —  Google parent accuses Anthony Levandowski of launching competing startups—but he also worked for CEO's side project
Aug 3, 2017, 5:30 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
As Google pays academics for research that often ends up justifying its controversial business practices, many academics fail to disclose their funding source   —  Google operates a little-known program to harness the brain power of university researchers to help sway opinion and public policy …
Jul 11, 2017, 1:06 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube viewers worldwide watch more than 1B hours of video a day, a 10-fold increase since 2012, threatening to eclipse US TV viewership   —  Google unit posts 10-fold increase in viewership since 2012, boosted by algorithms personalizing user lineups  —  YouTube viewers world-wide …
Feb 27, 2017, 3:25 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Waze plans to expand ride-sharing service to several US cities and Latin America over the next few months   —  The growth of Waze's carpool service puts Alphabet Inc.'s Google more directly in competition with Uber  —  Google is planning to dramatically expand a carpool service …
Feb 22, 2017, 11:45 AMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Analysis finds Google placed ads for its own products atop 91% of 25K searches for related items; after Google was told, only 19% had Google product ads atop   —  A Wall Street Journal analysis found that Google often pushes its growing list of hardware products, from Pixel phones to Nest smart thermostats …
Jan 19, 2017, 4:40 PMIn context
Jack Nicas / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Google X plans Wing Marketplace, an online exchange for $6 drone deliveries from partner retailers and restaurants, amid troubled Project Wing efforts   —  Google parent's struggle to launch a delivery-drone business is part of tech's broader problem with physics …
Dec 6, 2016, 4:15 PMIn context

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