Alphabet’s Waymo hopes to bring self-driving car service to Europe

Reuters) — Alphabet’s self-driving unit Waymo wants to bring its robo-taxi service to Europe after it launches in the United States later this year. Waymo’s Chief Executive John Krafcik said the company could enter European markets in collaboration with a partner, but did not give any timeframe. “There is an opportunity for us at Waymo…Read […]

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to start testing smart-city features in Toronto this summer

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s urban innovation company Sidewalk Labs hopes to break ground on its first ever smart-city project in Toronto in 2020, and begin testing some of the proposed technologies this summer, its chief executive told Reuters. This is the first time a timeline has been publicly disclosed for the project designed to increase…Read More

Uber reaches settlement with Alphabet’s Waymo over alleged theft of trade secrets

Uber has announced that it’s reached a settlement with Alphabet’s autonomous car division Waymo. The news comes four days into a trial brought about by Waymo, after it alleged that former employees, including Anthony Levandowski, had stolen confidential information to use in a new self-driving vehicle venture called Otto, which was subsequently acquired by Uber. […]

Eric Schmidt will officially step down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Enlarge / Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., in Paris in 2017. (credit: Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images) Alphabet Inc. issued an announcement on Thursday confirming a major executive shake-up: Eric Schmidt is out as the company’s executive chairman of the board of directors, effective when the company holds its next board meeting in January […]

Alphabet’s Verily shows off health-focused smartwatch

Enlarge / The Verily Study Watch, strategically photographed to not show how thick it is. (credit: Verily) Alphabet’s Life Sciences division, called Verily, is giving the world a peek at its health-focused smartwatch. The Google sister company introduced the “Verily Study Watch” on its blog today, calling it an “investigational device” that aims to “passively […]

Alphabet’s investment arm GV backs SpyBiotech, an Oxford University spinout working on ‘next-generation’ vaccines

SpyBiotech, a life sciences spinout from the U.K.’s Oxford University, has raised £4 million ($ 5 million) in seed funding from Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI) and Alphabet’s investment arm GV (formerly Google Ventures). As traditional approaches to developing vaccines are typically time-consuming, and not always effective, SpyBiotech is working on what it calls a “proprietary protein […]

Alphabet’s internet balloon chief leaves after 6 months

Alphabet’s Project Loon is running into some figurative turbulence in addition to the literal kind. Tom Moore, the satellite executive who was brought on as CEO to help Project Loon become a full-fledged business, has left the leadership position after just 6 months. It’s not clear why he’s on the way out (neither he nor […]

Here’s a breakdown of Alphabet’s $4 billion worth of ‘other bets’

AP Regardless of whether the policy remains in place today, one of Google’s most famous management philosophies has been the “20% rule.” Legend goes that especially in Google’s earlier days, employees were encouraged to spend 20% of their time working on new initiatives that could potentially benefit Google outside of their regular workflows, teams, and projects. […]