Alphabet Executives Confronted By Frustrated Employees at Shareholder Meeting

Employees of Google parent Alphabet went to the unusual length of grilling their bosses about several hot-button issues during the company’s annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday. The employees–upset about how the company deals with sexual harassment, its employment practices, and its development of a censored search engine for China–risked their jobs to tell Alphabet leadership […]

Could Ford Buy Tesla? Here’s How Likely A “Doomsday” Scenario Is

Former Tesla bulls have been bailing on the company. The stock continues to drop. Bond prices are at low levels. The auto maker is burning through $1 billion in cash a quarter, the cash from the latest $2.7 billion funding round will be gone within ten months, and demand is falling off. One of the […]

Amazon Prime Boss Named CEO of Google-Backed Quantum Computing Startup

Peter Chapman has had a varied career. The son of an astronaut, Chapman started programming at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s famed Artificial Intelligence Lab at the age of 16. He founded a company, Level Systems, that created video games based on Dungeons and Dragons, Star Trek, and Indiana Jones in the late ’80s. After […]

Facebook, Twitter and Alphabet Join Global Pledge to Combat Online Hate Speech

The leaders of France and New Zealand joined with the world’s biggest online platforms in pledging to help curb the internet’s role in spreading hate speech and incitement to violence. At a summit in Paris Wednesday, representatives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., and Alphabet Inc., committed to use and develop rules, algorithms and direct intervention […]

Three Red Flags In Alphabet’s Earnings That Sent Its Shares Down 7%

Google parent Alphabet’s stock tumbled 7% after reporting its first-quarter earnings that included some troubling signs including slowing growth, difficulties in its hardware division, and disappointing guidance. After the market closed, the company’s shares fell to $1,200.70 from $1,296.20. Google CEO Sundar Pichai tried to reassure investors by suggesting the problems were only temporary. “We’ve […]

Waymo Set to Bring a Motor City Plant Back to Life to Manufacture Driverless Cars

The birthplace of America’s auto industry and driving culture will soon have one of the world’s first plants making driverless cars. Alphabet’s Waymo has picked an idled American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings facility in Detroit as the site where it will equip vehicles made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Jaguar Land Rover Automotive with self-driving […]

Google ‘Moonshot’ and NSA Toolkit Rise Above the Marketing Deluge at RSA Conference

This week the cybersecurity industry’s RSA Conference (perhaps I should say the RA Conference) took place in San Francisco. It’s a mega-marketing and deal-making affair at which vendors spend lavishly to persuade potential customers that their wares can protect them, even when they can’t. While I did not attend the potlatch, I observed the proceedings […]

This Is What Google’s First ‘Smart City’ Will Look Like

Inside Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is a group called Sidewalk Labs, an initiative inside the company that “imagines, designs, tests, and builds urban innovations to help cities meet their biggest challenges.” Building Interior The goal is also to offer things like heated sidewalks that will melt ice during cold weather and “raincoats” for buildings, clear […]