Reuters: U.S. approves Google request to use segment of U.S.-Asia undersea cable

Reuters: U.S. approves Google request to use segment of U.S.-Asia undersea cable. “The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Wednesday approved Alphabet Inc unit Google’s request to use part of an U.S.-Asia undersea telecommunications cable after the company warned it would face significantly higher prices to carry traffic by other means.”

MarketWatch: Google asks North American employees to work from home

MarketWatch: Google asks North American employees to work from home. “Alphabet Inc…. has recommended employees in North America to work from home because of the coronavirus outbreak — the largest such telecommuting request yet among major employers. A majority of the company’s approximately 119,000 employees worldwide are based in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.”

The Verge: Alphabet’s Tidal moonshot tracks individual fish to help sustainably feed humanity

The Verge: Alphabet’s Tidal moonshot tracks individual fish to help sustainably feed humanity. “Today Alphabet is announcing Tidal, an X division moonshot project with the goal of preserving the ocean’s ability to support life and help feed humanity sustainably. Tidal’s initial goal is to develop technologies that will give us a better understanding of what’s happening under water, with a focus on helping fish farmers to run and grow their operations in environmentally friendly ways.”

Reuters: Global telcos join Alphabet, SoftBank’s flying cellphone antenna lobbying effort

Reuters: Global telcos join Alphabet, SoftBank’s flying cellphone antenna lobbying effort. “Alphabet and SoftBank’s attempts to launch flying cellphone antennas high into the atmosphere have received backing from global telcos, energizing lobbying efforts aimed at driving regulatory approval for the emerging technology.”

The Verge: Alphabet has moved technology incubator Jigsaw under Google management

The Verge: Alphabet has moved technology incubator Jigsaw under Google management. “Google parent company Alphabet has moved its Jigsaw technology incubator under Google management, The Information reports. It’s the first former Alphabet company to be shifted under Google since Sergey Brin and Larry Page stepped down from their management roles in December. Since the two were behind the creation of Alphabet in 2015, The Information suggests it may be a sign that Alphabet has outlived its usefulness as a holding company.”

Justice Department meeting state AG offices Tuesday to discuss Google: sources (Reuters)

Reuters: Justice Department meeting state AG offices Tuesday to discuss Google: sources. “Justice Department officials will meet on Tuesday with representatives of state attorneys general to discuss their investigations of search and advertising giant Google, according to sources familiar with the plans.”

Globe and Mail: Shares in Google parent Alphabet fall on worst fourth-quarter revenue growth since 2015

Globe and Mail: Shares in Google parent Alphabet fall on worst fourth-quarter revenue growth since 2015. “Alphabet Inc’s new Chief Executive Sundar Pichai unveiled sales figures that investors have long demanded, but shares fell 5 per cent as Google’s advertising business and the new data about YouTube and Google Cloud broadly disappointed.”

Search Engine Journal: Google Search Patent Update – January 29, 2020

Search Engine Journal: Google Search Patent Update – January 29, 2020. “In this new weekly series, we’ll be looking at some recently granted Google Search Patents. When it comes to search and SEO, there’s no easy way to know what’s in the black box that is Google. Patent filings can at least give us a glimpse.”

City A.M.: Privacy ‘cannot be a luxury good’, says Google boss Sundar Pichai

City A.M.: Privacy ‘cannot be a luxury good’, says Google boss Sundar Pichai. “Privacy ‘cannot be a luxury good’, Google’s chief executive said today, while vowing his company would protect its users’ information. Sundar Pichai, who also leads parent company Alphabet, said privacy was ‘at the heart of what we do’.”

Google CEO Sundar Pichai: We must be ‘clear-eyed’ about how AI could go wrong (CNET)

CNET: Google CEO Sundar Pichai: We must be ‘clear-eyed’ about how AI could go wrong. “CEO of Google and Alphabet Sundar Pichai is convinced that AI must be regulated in order to prevent the potential negative consequences of tools including deepfakes and facial recognition, he said in an op-ed for the Financial Times on Monday.”

Reuters: Which company just hit $1 trillion? Google it.

Reuters: Which company just hit $1 trillion? Google it.. “As Google-parent Alphabet Inc (GOOGL.O) became on Thursday the fourth U.S. company to top a market value of more than $1 trillion, some funds holding its shares are wondering whether now is the time to cash in on the stock’s extraordinary gains.”

The Architect’s Newspaper: Sidewalk Labs is using machine learning to make neighborhood design smoother

The Architect’s Newspaper: Sidewalk Labs is using machine learning to make neighborhood design smoother. “Sidewalk Labs, the Alphabet subsidiary focused on urban technology, has been working on a new software tool for generating optimized city layouts. In an effort to combat the disconnect between various stakeholders in the urban planning process—architects, planners, engineers, and real estate developers—and their software, product manager Violet Whitney and designer Brian Ho have created a new computational tool that analyzes a wide array of data to automatically create thousands, or millions, of neighborhood layouts from a baseline design.”

Alphabet’s legal chief David Drummond is leaving the company: Reports (CNBC)

CNBC: Alphabet’s legal chief David Drummond is leaving the company: Reports. “Former senior contracts manager Jennifer Blakely published about her relationship with Drummond last summer, alleging he broke company rules by having multiple affairs — some with other employees— and says he neglected her and their son, withholding contact for long periods of time. Days later, Drummond married a 37-year-old current legal employee he had been dating named Corinne Dixon.”

SmartCitiesWorld: Sidewalk Labs to launch tool for designing the neighbourhoods of the future

SmartCitiesWorld: Sidewalk Labs to launch tool for designing the neighbourhoods of the future. “Sidewalk Labs has announced a new generative design tool that uses machine learning and computational design to generate ‘millions of comprehensive planning scenarios’. The Alphabet company’s product manager, Violet Whitney, and designer Brian Ho are developing the tool to help planning teams to fully evaluate and understand all the options available to them. The aim is for planners, architects and developers to make choices that best reflect local priorities.”

CNN: Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets a big pay raise as CEO of Alphabet

CNN: Google CEO Sundar Pichai gets a big pay raise as CEO of Alphabet. “In his new role, he’ll be given a salary of $2 million, up from $650,000 in 2018. He’ll also be given two tranches of performance-based stock units worth $45 million and an additional $120 million in restricted stock units, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.”