Brisbane Times: Where is Larry? Google’s co-founder’s mysterious disappearance from public life. “While other founders of major tech companies, such as Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter, have recently been compelled to step into the spotlight, Page is withdrawing more and more from public life to spend time on his private Caribbean island, Bloomberg reports.”
New York Times: Alphabet’s Plans for a China Comeback Go Beyond Google Search. “Google has faced sharp criticism, including from its own employees, for its efforts to rebuild an internet search presence in China after quitting the country eight years ago over censorship issues. But for Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet, the opportunities in the world’s largest internet market may be too good to resist. And the full scope of the company’s interest in China now appears to be broader than just internet search.”
The Verge: Alphabet’s experimental investments in the future continue to cost it a fortune. “Google parent company Alphabet posted second quarter earnings for 2018 today, beating Wall Street estimates on revenue and income. Despite the historic $5 billion fine levied against it by the European Union last week, which impacted Google’s operating income, Alphabet stock is actually up around 3.5 percent in after-hours trading. That bolsters the likelihood that the EU fine may be nothing more than a pricey slap on the wrist in the long-run — so long as the fine, which Google is appealing, doesn’t have a substantial impact on Google’s advertising machine.”
Reuters: Facebook, Twitter, Alphabet to testify at U.S. House hearing. “The U.S. House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on Tuesday to take testimony from Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube unit and Twitter Inc on whether social media companies are filtering content for political reasons, the committee chairman said.”
CNET: Google siblings Loon and Wing aren’t so crazy any more. “Loon and Wing have officially taken off. The fanciful flying projects are now independent companies under Google parent company Alphabet, following their fledgling period as projects at Alphabet’s ‘moonshot factory’ known as X. Alastair Westgarth is the new Loon CEO, and James Burgess is the new Wing CEO, according to an X company blog post Wednesday.”
G9IGA: Kenya to use Alphabet’s balloons for rural internet. “Kenya will use Alphabet Inc’s system of balloons to beam high-speed internet access in hopes of connecting more of its rural population to the web, its ICT Minister said on Thursday. Known as ‘Project Loon’, the technology was developed by Alphabet’s X, the company’s innovation lab.”
CNET: All the Google, Android, Waymo news you need in one place. “Welcome to Alphabet City! This is our newest show that covers everything to do with Alphabet. In case you didn’t know, Alphabet is the parent company of Google and a number of other companies that do some crazy things.” CNET’s new show has episodes out every Tuesday.