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Google’s Founders Wanted to Shape a City. Toronto Is Their Chance. - The New York Times
Because it’s looking at a neighborhood and not just a typical developer’s parcel, Sidewalk Labs can play with all the infrastructure that connects those parcels — the utility grid, the street network, the sidewalks. But there would be no point in doing all that if there weren’t thousands of people nearby ready to move in, as is the case in rapidly growing Toronto. (Google also announced Tuesday that it would move its Canadian headquarters, which are in Toronto, into the first pilot phase of the development.)

The challenge now amid all the carbon-neutral, internet-enabled robot-monitor sensors will be to keep those humans in mind.
SidewalkLabs  Alphabet  Google  urbandevelopment  review  Toronto  NYTimes  2017 
october 2017 by inspiral
Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us - The New York Times
This is the most glaring and underappreciated fact of internet-age capitalism: We are, all of us, in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy. I speak, of course, of my old friends the Frightful Five: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
Amazon  Alphabet  Google  Microsoft  Facebook  review  dominance  monopoly  consumer  NYTimes  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
Alphabet Shifts Self-Driving Cars Into New Unit Called Waymo - Bloomberg
Google parent company Alphabet Inc. is separating its self-driving car project into a new business called Waymo, seeking to sharpen its focus on changing the transportation industry.

John Krafcik, chief executive officer of Waymo, announced the move on Tuesday at an event in San Francisco. The company has been developing autonomous vehicle technology for more than six years, as part of its X research lab. Waymo is emerging from this research phase as a standalone business owned by Mountain View, California-based Alphabet.
Alphabet  Google  Waymo  selfdrivingvehicles  spinoff  strategy  Bloomberg  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Google Makes So Much Money, It Never Had to Worry About Financial Discipline - Bloomberg
Critics, including more than a dozen former top Google executives who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they signed nondisclosure agreements, describe a company having trouble balancing innovation and its core business, search advertising. Over the 12 months ended in September, Google’s ad business accounted for 89 percent of Alphabet’s revenue, or $76.1 billion. As one ex-executive puts it, “No one wants to face the reality that this is an advertising company with a bunch of hobbies.”
Google  Alphabet  strategy  management  innovation  profitability  RuthPorat  Bloomberg  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
The New Game of Global Tech
Because the companies in the ICT sector no longer compete within the old sector boundaries, they must now define themselves another way: through the manner in which they offer value to their customers. There are many methods of doing so, but five value propositions are particularly prevalent in this industry. All five are viable ways of reaching customers, especially enterprise customers, with technological solutions. Each of the five has a business model and economic profile distinct from the others and distinct from the overall ICT 50 formula. Each has its own approach to growth, profitability, scale, and investment. The archetypes are detailed here, along with the indicators used to identify them.
tech  IT  enterprise  strategy  IBM  Microsoft  SAP  Oracle  Cisco  HewlettPackard  Tata  Apple  EMC  Alphabet  Google  Samsung  Intel  Accenture  Infosys  WiPro  HCLTechnologies  Symantec  Salesforce  ComputerAssociates  CGIGroup  Qualcomm  Amadeus  Adobe  StrategyBusiness  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Diversification Continues at Big Tech Companies | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
Though the benefits of diversification are often the same, the specifics are just as often very different. Each of these companies is focusing in somewhat different areas when it comes to diversification and the results are very different too. Some are very long-term focused and are reaping massive losses in the short term while they attempt to build businesses that will pay off later. Others are already generating very meaningful revenues and profits from some of their new ventures today. Yet other companies I haven’t listed here don’t seem to be investing in a big way in this diversification, In some cases, it’s because they’re still struggling to optimize their core businesses – Twitter probably belongs in this category. But diversification will continue to be a feature of the best technology companies long into the future.
tech  diversification  strategy  Alphabet  Google  Amazon  Apple  Facebook  Microsoft  review  author:JanDawson  Techpinions  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Nest Chief Fadell Out After Tumultuous Two Years at Google - Bloomberg
Tony Fadell is stepping down as head of Nest Labs, just over two tumultuous years after selling the smart-home gadget maker to Google.
Nest  TonyFadell  departure  management  smarthome  Google  Alphabet  Bloomberg  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Google Fiber is the most audacious part of the whole Alphabet - Recode
Forget self-driving cars and drones. Five years later, where is Google's broadband business going?
Google  GoogleFiber  Alphabet  cableTV  broadband  telecoms  growth  USA  Recode  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Official Google Blog: This year’s Founders' Letter
Today’s proliferation of “screens” goes well beyond phones, desktops, and tablets. Already, there are exciting developments as screens extend to your car, like Android Auto, or your wrist, like Android Wear. Virtual reality is also showing incredible promise—Google Cardboard has introduced more than 5 million people to the incredible, immersive and educational possibilities of VR.
Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the “device” to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.
management  strategy  review  search  artificialintelligence  GoogleCloudPlatform  GoogleApps  AcceleratedMobilePages  Youtube  DeepMind  Alphabet  GooglePlay  Google  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs Plans Digital City for Google Car, Internet | Re/code
When Google launched a new company to “fix cities,” speculation swirled as to what, precisely, that company would do. One idea: What if it built its own city, a laboratory vision of a thoroughly connected, techno-utopia?

Could be right.

According to a report in The Information, Sidewalk Labs, the company Google incubated in June and then turned into one of its Alphabet subsidiaries, is hatching a proposal to solicit bids from counties and states for a test bed “digital district.” Simultaneously, the company is plotting with high-profile consultants and urbanists about building out an entire city. Reportedly, the company is looking at parts of Denver and Detroit.
Google  Alphabet  SidewalkLabs  smartcities  innovation  infrastructure  proposal  Recode  2016 
april 2016 by inspiral
Nest Revenue Around $340 Million Last Year, but Budget Troubles Ahead | Re/code
Nest generated about $340 million in sales last year, according to three people with knowledge of the matter. That’s an impressive figure for a company in the very nascent market of Internet-connected devices.

But it’s below the initial expectations Google had set for Nest when it bought the startup in 2014 for a whopping $3.2 billion. The company’s sales performance may face even deeper scrutiny inside Google’s new parent company, Alphabet, where Nest now sits, as the hardware maker faces its most critical year ever.

Nest’s plight is a far cry from two years ago when it was brought on as one of Google’s biggest acquisitions as a vehicle to compete with Apple in the growing smart home market. Google also brought on CEO Tony Fadell, a former Apple exec, to inject Google with Apple’s hardware sensibility. But now it’s future is up in the air as it’s clearly fallen short of those lofty expectations.
Nest  Alphabet  Google  internetofthings  smarthome  revenues  critique  Recode  2016 
march 2016 by inspiral
Alphabet Is Serious About Google Fiber | Light Reading
On the surface, it might appear that Google Fiber Inc. is still only dabbling in consumer telecom services. But ahead of today's Alphabet Inc. earnings call -- the first that will break out Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s traditional business lines from those under the new category of "Other Bets" -- there are several signs that Alphabet has big plans for Google Fiber.

First, there are further gigabit deployments in the works, including in Atlanta; Nashville; Salt Lake City; and Charlotte, NC, where workers recently broke ground to start laying fiber and begin constructing fiber huts. (See Gigabites: Google Fiber Forges On.)

Second, The Washington Post just broke the news that Google Fiber has been inviting customers to try out a new Google Fiber Phone service. The test offering includes several of the features already available through the over-the-top service Google Voice, including a cloud-based phone number that ties mobile and landline devices together, voicemail transcription and call screening options. If Google Fiber launches Google Voice broadly, that completes the triple-play bundle experience, and gives the company service parity with cable and telco providers.
Google  GoogleFiber  Alphabet  telecoms  opportunity  growth  strategy  LightReading  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral
Valuations and Trajectories | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
Ultimately, the stock market valuations of companies reflect analysts’ assumptions about the trajectories of those companies, their sustainability, and their predictability, rather than an objective measure of the current value of those companies. As such, comparing instantaneous valuations for two stocks and drawing broad conclusions from such comparisons is ridiculous on the face of it. And yet, we see so many overblown pieces about the significance of these transitions, all of which look a little silly the morning after, when the first- and second-place companies have switched places again. Yes, it’s worthwhile to have a conversation about why one company seems to be rising and another falling, but focusing too much on who’s in first place risks missing the point.
valuation  Apple  Google  Alphabet  review  trajectory  author:JanDawson  Techpinions  2016 
february 2016 by inspiral

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