CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down

CNBC: Google co-founder’s flying car startup is winding down. “Kittyhawk was founded as Zee.Aero in 2010 when Page recruited Sebastian Thrun, who had worked on self-driving cars and other experimental projects at Google, to create electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The company unveiled a demonstration video of a flying car in 2017, and Thrun said he envisioned a time when people would be able to hail flying cars through an app like Lyft or Uber.”

Daily Beast: Fire Rips Through Mysterious Google Mansion

Daily Beast: Fire Rips Through Mysterious Google Mansion. “A three-alarm fire at a Palo Alto home owned by billionaire Google co-founder Larry Page has neighbors demanding answers on whether the California mansion was being used unlawfully as an office for tech workers. On Tuesday night, firefighters responded to a blaze at the 6-bedroom, 5.5-bath home, which per county records has an assessed value of more than $10 million. Fire officials say crews were dispatched to the Bryant Street property at 8:10 p.m., after a neighbor who was away at the time spotted trouble on a security camera.”

Larry Page: Google co-founder granted New Zealand residency (BBC)

BBC: Larry Page: Google co-founder granted New Zealand residency. “Larry Page, Google’s co-founder and one of the world’s richest men, has been granted New Zealand residency under a category for wealthy investors. Applicants are required to invest at least NZ$10m ($7m, £5m) in New Zealand over three years. Mr Page entered New Zealand in January, when its borders were still closed because of Covid-19.”

New Zealand Herald: Google billionaire visited New Zealand while the country’s border was closed

New Zealand Herald: Google billionaire visited New Zealand while the country’s border was closed. “Google co-founder Larry Page travelled to New Zealand to get hospital treatment for his young child despite the country’s borders being closed. The billionaire does not have New Zealand citizenship, but according to multiple reports is spending the Covid-19 pandemic on an island in Fiji.”

CNBC: Google founders have sold $1 billion in stock since May, the most since 2017

CNBC: Google founders have sold $1 billion in stock since May, the most since 2017. “Google founders and controlling Alphabet stakeholders Larry Page and Sergey Brin have sold more than $1 billion worth of stock combined since May of this year. Beginning in May, the two sold Class A and Class C shares worth more than $1.07 billion, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission compiled by OpenInsider.”

The Verge: Google’s third era

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.”

Business Insider Australia: It’s become increasingly clear that Alphabet, Google’s parent company, needs new leadership

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

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 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.