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Alphabet’s drone delivery startup Wing will launch service in 2019

Drone deliveries may finally become a reality. Wing, Alphabet’s drone delivery startup, has announced it will launch a trial-run of its service in Finland in spring 2019.  The initial run will take place in Helsinki and offer 10 minute deliveries of items weighing up to 3.3 pounds on a round trip of up to 20...CONTINUE READING
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Waymo launches self-driving taxi service, but caveats abound

The future is here: Waymo One, a self-driving taxi service by Alphabet’s self-driving company Waymo, has officially launched.  Unfortunately, to paraphrase sci-fi prophet William Gibson, this future is very unevenly distributed. The service will first be available to “early riders” — people who’ve already used Waymo technology — and only in Chandler, Tempe, Mesa, and...CONTINUE READING
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Alphabet spins two moonshot projects into independent companies

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is letting two of its pet projects fly free. The company announced today in a Medium post  that its internet-delivery balloon project Loon and delivery drone project Wing will become independent companies. Both Loon and Wing will “graduate” from Alphabet’s secretive research subsidiary dubbed “X.” The skunkworks laboratory is known for...CONTINUE READING
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Sergey Brin shouts out Ethereum and warns of AI in annual founders’ letter

When Sergey Brin talks, people listen. And right now Brin is talking about AI and cryptocurrency.  As the president of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Brin is uniquely positioned to not only see what technological developments are coming down the pike but to influence them as well. That makes the company‘s annual founders’ letter an important...CONTINUE READING
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Here’s what Waymo’s electric, self-driving Jaguar looks like

The all-electric Jaguar I-Pace made its first North American appearance at the New York Auto Show on Wednesday. Among those on display was a future member of Waymo’s autonomous fleet.  The company, formerly the Google self-driving car project, has partnered with Jaguar to develop the world’s first electric, autonomous luxury vehicle. Waymo will add 20,000...CONTINUE READING
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Google gets earnings boost thanks to Google Home holiday sales, but it’s not all picture perfect

Hey Alexa, you’re not the only one getting the holiday love.  The holidays were good to Google‘s parent company, Alphabet, because of hardware products like Google Home, an Alexa competitor, execs said during a fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday.  During the call, Ruth Porat, CFO of Alphabet, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai boasted that revenue  was...CONTINUE READING
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Alphabet just launched Chronicle, a new cybercrime company from its moonshot factory

Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has a new cybersecurity business born from its X department known as the “moonshot factory.” Chronicle, a new project created to help businesses fight cybercrime, publicly launched Wednesday.  The company‘s CEO Stephen Gillett announced the new project in a blog post explaining exactly what the new platform is and what it...CONTINUE READING
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