The Verge: Google’s third era. “Alphabet was formed in 2015 as a weird holding company for Google, designed in part to distance Page and Brin’s various pet projects from Google’s core business. That’s when Pichai was put in charge of Google as the CEO. Since then, I think Pichai’s tenure has been marked by a few major stories that are really the same story: he has spent a significant chunk of his time cleaning up the messes that resulted from Google’s culture up to that point.”
ABC News: Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet. “Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet. Sundar Pichai, who has been leading Google as CEO for more than four years, will stay in his role and also become CEO of Alphabet.” Ten years ago this would have been a huge deal. Now? Meh.
Bloomberg: Google’s Page Allegedly Gave Rubin $150 Million Stock Award. “Alphabet Inc. Chief Executive Officer Larry Page didn’t get board approval when he awarded a $150 million stock grant to Andy Rubin, the creator of the Android mobile software who was under investigation by the company for sexual harassment at the time, according to a lawsuit.”
Business Insider Australia: It’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, needs new leadership. “When they walked out of their jobs by the thousands on Thursday, Google employees did more than bring attention to the company’s handling of sexual harassment allegations. They put an intense public spotlight on the acute shortcomings of the company’s top brass.”
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.”
The Next Web: Larry Page’s new startup promises to bring flying cars by the end of 2017. “The future of flying cars has never looked so real. Silicon Valley startup Kitty Hawk, backed by Alphabet CEO and Google co-founder Larry Page, has finally launched today – and it promises its electric flying cars will be available to the masses by the end of the year.” How do you do this stuff and run one of the largest companies in the world at the same time? Must need a lot less sleep than I do.
Has Larry Page’s “flying car” project been spotted in the wild? “This is one of the first photos of what is believed to be a ‘flying car’ funded by Google co-founder Larry Page. The mysterious aircraft was spotted at the Hollister Airport, where Page’s startup Zee.Aero has a hangar.”