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.”