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Huge inside shakeup as Google creates 'Alphabet' umbrella company



Let it never be said that Google is boring. Co-founder Larry Page today announced the creation of "Alphabet," a new corporation that will comprise Google and other previously Google-held properties to better allow them to act and grow independently. The change was announced across Google's collection of blog sites, as well as at the new (and cleverly domained) site abc.xyz.
So why make this huge business change? Page states:
We've long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes. But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant. Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.
Alphabet will consist of a number of companies, of which Google will be the largest. Page says:
Alphabet Inc. will replace Google Inc. as the publicly-traded entity and all shares of Google will automatically convert into the same number of shares of Alphabet, with all of the same rights. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet. Our two classes of shares will continue to trade on Nasdaq as GOOGL and GOOG."
So why call the new company Alphabet? Again, Page says:
We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of humanity's most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search! We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for! I should add that we are not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products--the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands.
Some of the other companies that will be under the new Alphabet umbrella include its health businesses like Life Sciences and Calico, along with its X lab efforts. Each of these businesses will have its own CEO, which will receive guidance from Page and Brin.
The new Alphabet company has already launched its own website, but it's a pretty bare bones affair at the moment.
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Alphabet: everything you need to know



Alphabet is a company created by the founders of Google. At its inception, Alphabet will have Larry Page as CEO and Sergey Brin as President. As Alphabet is created, Google will be slimmed down, and Sundar Pichai will become CEO. Google will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., and several companies that were previously subsidiaries of Google will instead come under the Alphabet umbrella. Alphabet is "mostly a collection of companies." The largest of these companies is Google.

Google will no longer be the company within which Alphabet's more "far afield" companies will be contained. Google's official mission statement is currently "Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful." As such, some companies will no longer fit in this one bin.
Two examples given at the inception of Alphabet are Life Sciences and Calico. The first works with glucose-sensing contact lenses, while the second's mission is to "increase our understanding of the biology that controls lifespan."

Alphabet will contain companies like these.
They will be separate from Google.
While Google will be a company under Alphabet, Google financials will be provided separately from those of the rest of Alphabet businesses as a whole.
Alphabet will also contain X Lab. This is the group formerly known as Google X, or Google[x]. Google Ventures and Google Capital will also drop the "Google" in their name to be separate companies under Alphabet.
Google shares will turn into Alphabet shares. Just as companies under Google weren't publicly traded in the past, now neither will Google. All owners of Google stock will still continue to trade on Nasdaq with the classes GOOGL and GOOG, regardless of company name.

Larry Page suggested with the intro letter for Alphabet that the following list contained items they were "excited about" with Alphabet:
• Getting more ambitious things done.
• Taking the long-term view.
• Empowering great entrepreneurs and companies to flourish.
• Investing at the scale of the opportunities and resources we see.
• Improving the transparency and oversight of what we’re doing.
• Making Google even better through greater focus.
• And hopefully... as a result of all this, improving the lives of as many people as we can.

The leaders at Alphabet are "not intending for this to be a big consumer brand with related products - the whole point is that Alphabet companies should have independence and develop their own brands," so says Larry Page via Alphabet's intro letter.
Stick with SlashGear for more information on this company Alphabet through our Alphabet tag portal.
Meanwhile Google and Android will continue to exist in their respective portals as they always have.
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‘Alphabet’ Just Majorly Popularized The .XYZ Extension





Google’s massive shakeup today likely brings forward a lot of questions, many of which will probably be answered in time. If you’ve already caught wind of the fact that Google is technically now Alphabet as the new parent company which will now oversee Google and other companies it owns like Calico, Google X, Nest, and others, then you may have already seen the new web address for the online home of Alphabet which is simply abc.xyz. This web address will immediately strike a chord with those who watch HBO’s Silicon Valley as one of the show’s characters owns a company called hooli, (it’s a big tech company) whose web address is hooli.xyz.
The .xyz web address isn’t just recognizable for its placement inside of a hit TV series though, at least, not anymore. Now that Alphabet has registered their own web page under this domain, people will start to take notice of the an individual named Daniel Negari. He’s the founder and CEO of a company called XYZ.com which as you may have already guessed after reading that particular detail, owns domain registries of .xyz. Without even realizing it, Google, or rather in this case Alphabet, has just in a way immortalized Negari and his company. Of course XYZ.com likely got some publicity from use of the domain in Silicon Valley, but not everyone is aware of Silicon Valley. Nearly everyone is aware of Google, and soon enough everyone will be aware of its new parent company Alphabet, and by extension people will soon be more aware of XYZ.com.
In fact, the insanity of it all for Negari has already started. He states that the site is now blowing up with domain registries for the .xyz names just since the announcement from Google and Alphabet earlier this afternoon. To put it all into perspective, Negari says at one point 250 names had been registered in less than 60 seconds. Negari paid a mere $185,000 as an application fee for the .xyz extension just last year with no other bidders, so his application was immediately accepted due to lack of any other applicants. That investment is likely rather small compared to the amount Google probably paid to register the abc.xyz domain, although Negari says that he is bound by a confidentiality agreement so he wouldn’t mention how much the cost for Google. The .xyz extensions are also largely the most popular extension of the 350 new extensions which exist having a total of 1.14 million registered domains, a number which is sure to rise tenfold after today.
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Get To Know All Of Alphabet’s Company CEO’s






Google’s recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has revealed that it is proposing to spin off all its non-core businesses into distinct entities separate from Google’s bread and butter internet and related assets such as search, ads, maps, and Android, all of which, will continue to remain under the Google brand. A new holding company called Alphabet Inc. has been created, which will be the parent company for Google as well as all these diverse businesses that Google has been investing its time, money and energy into of late.
According to the regulatory filing, the Current VP of products at Google, Sunder Pichai, will take over as the CEO of Google, while the current CEO and one of the two co-founders of the original company, Larry Page, will take over as the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet. Meanwhile, the other co-founder and current President, Sergey Brin, will become the President of the newly incorporated entity, and will continue to be in charge of the Google X projects. The current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and Chief Counsel David Drummond, will have the exact same designations at Alphabet. The current Google CFO, Ruth Porter, will henceforth do the job for both companies. While the leaders of most of the other Google companies remain unchanged, we thought we’d give you a rundown anyways to freshen up your memory.
Arthur Levinson runs Calico, Google’s biotech venture that looks to combat aging and associated illnesses. He held the corner office at biotech firm Genetech from 1995 to 2009 and was the Chairman of the company from 1999 to 2014. In a curios coincidence, Levinson also happens to be a member on the board of directors at Apple Inc., a company which has slowly but surely surpassed Microsoft as Google’s rival number 1. Coming to Nest Labs, a smart home devices company that Google acquired last year for $3.2 billion; the company was co-founded by ex-Apple employee Tony Fadell, who, at the Cupertino-based company, led the team that built the wildly successful media player, iPod. Fadell is currently the CEO of Nest laboratories.
Google Fiber is yet another company that won’t have a Google prior to its name anymore, thanks to the restructuring. Craig Barratt however, will continue to lead the company, which aims to build FTTH infrastructure throughout the US in order to be able to provide ultra-high-speed internet services to consumers. Dan Doctoroff runs Sidewalk labs, a Google-owned company that looks to improve urban living by tackling issues such as pollution, energy usage and transportation. Doctoroff was once the CEO of Bloomberg, and was the Deputy Mayor of NYC under Mike Bloomberg.
Coming to Google’s Investment arm, Google Capital, David Lawee has been heading the company and will continue to do so, whereas the Venture Capital division of the company, Google Ventures, is led by Bill Maris. Susan Wojcicki is the CEO of YouTube, which continues to remain a Google company after the restructuring, and former Chief Business Officer Omid Kordestani will be functioning in an advisory role for both Google and its parent company Alphabet.
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This is an interesting thing Google is teaming up on. Dexcom is really changing the game when it comes to monitoring blood sugar.
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Google X Life Sciences Group Becomes Separate Company






Ever since Google revealed that the company would be making some changes as to how Google will be moving forward we’ve been learning about new companies and divisions taking root. If you can recall, Google announced that they will now be under a new holding company known as Alphabet which will hold several smaller companies and divisions. For instance, Alphabet owns Google which would be headed under CEO Sundar Pichai while other divisions would be established as various businesses under Alphabet. Today we’re finding out that the group who are responsible with projects like the Project Contact Lens will become its own business under Alphabet which means we’ll see all sorts of new health advancements come from this life sciences group in the near future.
If you’re unaware of Google X, this is a private division within Google that was responsible of delivering several products and advancements since it was first founded back in 2010. Some of the works that came from Google X includes self-driving cars, Project Glass, along with Project Contact Lens, one of the projects we made mention of earlier. The life sciences group responsible with Project Contact Lens developed contact lenses that would allow individuals to check their glucose levels instead of using non-intrusive methods.
Furthermore, the life sciences group was working on a wristband developed in mind for doctors and patients. The wristband would be issued to a patient by a doctor as a means to constantly check up on their different vital signs like pulse, heart rhythm, skin temperature, and environmental information. Because of the wristband, this would allow patients a little more freedom from having to make consistent doctor checkups along with having more of a normalcy back into their lives.
Now that the life sciences group is its own separate company and pulled out of the Google X division, we can expect more projects being turned out from the company. Heading the company by taking the CEO position is Andy Conrad who is a molecular biologist that joined Google back in 2013. According to a post made by Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, the company will still contain the same goals as they continue to work with life sciences and new technology advances.
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Alphabet Companies Set To Have More Freedom





Google’s newest CEO, Sundar Pichai, missed a meeting of the various Alphabet divisions to discuss a smaller project the day after Larry Page made the change official, which caused everybody there to realize that the new Alphabet venture was going to be radically different from the Google that they knew before. Pichai, once king of the castle, was now only needed when matters concerned Google’s core businesses. In the new Alphabet structure, each division has its own corporate identity and CEO. Google, headed by Pichai, tends to Android, search, and Youtube. Smaller divisions such as Google X, a division for the company’s “moonshot” projects like self-driving cars, and a separate division for the Google-acquired hardware maker Nest, exist to keep separate businesses separate and to put a hard structure with a clear leadership hierarchy at the forefront of all of their matters of business.
When Alphabet was formed in August, many expressed skepticism, but Google’s highest, mightiest, best and brightest were confident that the restructuring would, among other things, bring more focus to each project and allow faster progress from a more dedicated staff, leading to a better end product being released faster and maintained better. The new company will likely have all-in meetings much less often and mainly to discuss goals and progress, rather than to devise plans of action. This new dawn for Google is still experiencing growing pains but has thus far not hit any major stumbling blocks.
As well as allowing more flexibility in each department for better focus, the new arrangement will make incidents like this more and more commonplace as important people attend to important business that they are specifically familiar with, rather than having the company form a mass think tank. Separate divisions exist for tons of ambitious projects, such as the controversial and often delayed Project Ara. The new structure is intended to prevent things like that from happening and allow people who came to Google with a certain area of expertise to brainstorm, problem solve and otherwise mentally breakdance as Googlers are prone to do, without being forced quite as far from their comfort zone. It remains to be seen whether this lofty goal, even by Google standards, will be met, but the whole tech industry will be watching Alphabet’s every baby step with bated breath.
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Google to Continue Innovating As Part of Alphabet





Google’s new parent company Alphabet made headlines last week after Google’s transition was complete. Now, the tech company’s CFO, Ruth Porat, is adding that Google might retain more of its former self than previously thought.
Alphabet was announced as a way for Google to restructure its business. The new organization would theoretically help the company’s smaller interests reach the level of care they needed in order to succeed in the future. These more ambitious tasks could end up hidden under the needs of Google’s core businesses, and in the long run not live up to their initial aspirations. Under Alphabet, these “moon-shot” businesses are subsidiaries, as is Google itself. Not only does this release Google’s possibly inefficient grasp on the smaller companies, but it allows the tech giant to focus more on its essential money-makers, like YouTube or its original search function.
It seemed that after last week Google would hand over its moon-shots to Alphabet and wash its hands of these businesses. However, that no longer seems to be the case, as CFO Porat explained. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit, Porat described Google’s interest in continuing to pursue radical investments. She pointed to the “70/20/10” rule first established by Google’s co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The rule’s vision is rather simple: Google’s resources are to be divided into three segments, one of which will receive 70% of funds, another 20%, and the last 10%. As you may imagine, the largest portion is sent to Google’s primary businesses. The smaller 20% percentage is distributed to relevant side businesses while the smallest share is given to new divisions like the GoogleX factory and Calico, the company seeking to medicate death. Not too many resources are given to these projects because they almost certainly lose money at first instead of generating it.
Alphabet appeared likely to take over these experiments, but Porat has stated that Google would still have a hand to play, saying, “innovation within Google is still key to the overall Alphabet family as a whole.” Google is likely to keep at least one advantage over Alphabet in that it enables its moon-shots to shift needed expertise around to more than just one business. However, Porat noted that Google is pressed to offer best-in-class innovation for its employees to work on. If not, it is possible for Alphabet to intervene and place talent where it’s needed most.
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Google Acquires Entire Alphabet (Online)



The Web giant bought the very fitting domain name abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.



Google failed to secure Alphabet.com before launching Alphabet Inc., so it did the next best thing: purchase abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.com.
Alphabet.com is owned by BMW, while ABC.com is home to the popular broadcast network, so Google had to get creative after it launched Alphabet, a new parent organization to oversee Google and its various side projects.
The company's Web presence is currently housed at abc.xyz. "We realized we missed a few letters in abc.xyz, so we're just being thorough," an Alphabet spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.


As DomainInvesting.com pointed out, the full alphabet domain was created in 1999, then updated on Oct. 6 when purchased by Google.


As of press time, the lengthy URL is not active, though the company will probably soon redirect the link to its Alphabet homepage. Similarly, the search giant owns Googl.com and Gogle.com, which get referred to the actual Google site.
DomainInvesting.com said most domain names featuring other parts of the alphabet appear to be registered, as are those with the full alphabet in other extensions (.net, .org, .info, etc.).
Google did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. For more, check out Why Did Google Create Alphabet?
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Google Life Sciences Division Is Now Called… Verily?




Alphabet Inc., the newly founded parent company of Google, just added a new name to its portfolio: Verily. This Google[x] spinoff used to be the experimental lab’s life sciences division. Now, it’s Alphabet’s first new company and a creative use of the letter “V.”
Verily will pursue wonderfully futuristic projects like the much anticipated smart contact lenses and the mysterious blood-sucking smartwatch. And while you read about the breakthroughs, just sing the company’s unofficial theme song to yourself: Verily, verily, verily, verily, life is but a dream.
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Robots And Satellite Drones Join Google X






Upon the formation of Alphabet, Google created many new divisions to house and better manage individual products and categories. One of these, Google X, was made to be a catch-all for their Moonshot projects, ambitious and futuristic ideas that may be a bit off the radar or far-flung from Google’s normal fare. Things like Project Loon have typically fallen under the banner of Moonshot, along with Google’s satellite drone project known as Titan X, and Google Robotics. Though not every Moonshot project has yet been moved to the Google X banner, Titan X and Google robotics are now making the leap, giving them the advantage of separate, dedicated management.


Google’s robotics division had long been led by former Danger exec Andy Rubin, commonly known as the father of Android. Once established within the company, he led a chain of acquisitions that led Google to begin emphasizing robotics development, including military contractor Boston Dynamics. When Rubin left and took a good few of his team with him, the robotics division was left scratching its head and was temporarily given to Johnathan Rosenberg. With the companies that made up the robotics division left searching for a strategy for the future and an unsuccessful attempt to recruit Autodesk’s Carl Bass to lead the division, the decision was finally made to hand it over to Google X.
Project Titan, a project meant to spread internet access far and wide via drone, sat under Alphabet’s Access and Energy subsidiary until now. Google beat out Facebook and acquired Titan Aerospace last year, a startup known for their high-altitude, long-life drones that could carry payloads that could deliver voice, data and high-resolution images. Project Titan is set to be merged into Project Wing, Google’s delivery-by-drone project.


Both teams are now set to report to Google X leader Astro Teller. Under the Google X umbrella, these moonshots will be joining Project Loon, the self-driving car project and Project Makani, a wind energy initiative, as projects that Google has deemed fit to have Teller head up. The individual teams and companies within each project will remain their own entities, with Teller providing input and output for Alphabet at large, as well as providing overall direction for the projects and helping to keep management in check.
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Alphabet’s X Department Has A “Fast Fail” Mindset




Alphabet’s X Division, formerly Google X, has always been the place to find Google’s most out-there ideas taking form and being worked on. Some, such as Project Loon and self-driving cars, even manage to come full circle and begin showing tangible benefits to the population at large. A great number of moonshot projects, however, don’t make it anywhere near that far. X leader Astro Teller has had the hard choice of cancelling a project or seeing it hemorrhage resources uncontrollably more than a few times. Many of those times, he’s had no choice but to simply pull the plug. To put a number to it, he’s had to do just that over 100 times since the section’s inception. Many of these projects, mind you, simply hit a wall and could be revived at a moment’s notice, given a proper solution.


An automated vertical farming project that could use 10 times less water and 100 times less land than traditional farming was killed off because the team couldn’t convince staple crops and foods to grow in this manner. Another project was a blimp of sorts that would solve worldwide shipping issues by being more cost efficient and eco-friendly than a plane, without needing a runway or body of water. Although the moonshot had a lot of thought put into it and seemed feasible, this one was scrapped in due to a projected R&D and materials bill of $200 million for just the initial stages and the first prototype.


“If a project has an Achilles heel, we want to know up front, not way down the road.”, Teller said of X’s mentality. The moonshot factory isn’t about perseverance against all odds, according to Teller; the department likes to tackle the hardest parts of a project first, head-on, to discover any potential hangups before too much time, effort and resources become invested into a project destined to fail. The “blueprint”, according to Teller, is quite simple; the department finds a problem in the world with no obvious solution, comes up with a crazy and audacious solution, then figures out how to make the solution real. Things like self-driving cars and wind energy gathering kites have come of this fast-fail mentality thus far; only time will tell what moonshots will come next.
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Google’s Think Tank ‘Google Ideas’ Becomes Alphabet’s Jigsaw




Google has gone through a number of big branding changes of late. The company itself saw a new holding company being formed and introduced, Alphabet, which Google now falls under the umbrella of. Not to mention, Google saw a logo change and a number of its departments going through their own changes as well. Changes, all with a view to establishing their position within the new Alphabet hierarchy. The most recent of which was Google’s more adventurous division, Google X, dropping its Google moniker and simply becoming X.


Alphabet’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, has now confirmed the next department to see an identity change and this time it is ‘Google Ideas’, which has now become ‘Jigsaw’. Google Ideas was the company’s think tank and as Schmidt notes, was created with the original intention to try and bring to the forefront ideas on how to “help the next five billion people coming online for the first time”. An ethos which quickly adapted to account for additional global issues and concerns. With the identity change, it seems this will not be an aspect that is changing anytime soon.



Instead, Jigsaw is what the team views as the next and natural evolutionary stage in Google Ideas’ philosophy of using technology to help solve global issues. According to Schmidt, the goal of Jigsaw will be “to use technology to tackle the toughest geopolitical challenges, from countering violent extremism to thwarting online censorship to mitigating the threats associated with digital attacks”. Aspects which form the basis for the adoption of the ‘Jigsaw’ name with Schmidt noting how the world is a “complex puzzle” and one full of challenges.


While this might sound like negative reasoning to change the name, Schmidt does also point out another reason behind the name change is how communal problem solving is one of the ways in which world issues can be addressed. Adding, technology combined with research will be able to “put the puzzle together”. According to the announcement there will not be any immediate changes at the top with Jared Cohen, who was previously in charge of Google Ideas, adopting the position of President at Jigsaw. Those interested in finding out more about the change of Google Ideas to Jigsaw, head through the source link below to read the full blog posting.
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Alphabet/Google exceeds Q1 expectations and continues to grow


Alphabet, every AP reader's favorite umbrella corporation for their favorite company, has posted the results of their first 2017 quarter's earnings. Things are looking pretty good, too. Revenue and income are both up from the same period last year, even though Alphabet's tax rates have increased.

Just as a preliminary aside, for the purposes of this article I'll be using the names Alphabet and Google interchangeably. This isn't accurate, since Alphabet is involved in a lot of business outside of Google, but it's a reasonable convenience to think of them interchangeably.
EPS (or earnings per share), for any of our readers invested in ye olden GOOG, are set at $7.73, a fairly high number in itself. That is up almost two bucks since this time last year. The majority of the bump in earnings seems to be coming from an increase in advertising revenues, and in net earnings (read, the bottom line) Google's up over a billion since this time last year. Further inside Google's earnings reports they actually show that at a base level paid clicks haven't increased as much as they did in previous quarters, so most of the increase in advertising is likely a result of the decreases they are reporting in associated costs and an increase in volume.
Even revenue from Google's so-called "Other Bets" moonshot category is up, which is a good thing for anyone interested in the continuation of Google's more eccentric projects. I would have figured most of the moonshots would be subsidized by Google's other businesses. It's pretty cool to see that, at least as a whole, they're pretty self-sufficient.

Alphabet's headcount is also up pretty significantly. They've hired almost 10,000 more people since this time last year, so the increases haven't seem to come as a result of cutting things back. Honestly, I'm a bit stunned at how much growth they've seen, here.
News of Alphabet's coming earnings release drove our dear GOOG stock up a bit today, and after things balanced out we've settled at around a 0.3% increase, which is mostly in line with the increase other tech companies have seen today. Stock isn't always a perfect indicator of a company's success, though. For example, Microsoft's reports of missing revenue expectations this last quarter has resulted in almost double the percentage increase Google saw, even though Microsoft saw a drop immediately following their announcement.
Alternate title: Google's umbrella can't keep things dry when it's raining money.
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Alphabet Inc. May Clash With Shareholders At Annual Meeting





Alphabet Inc., the company who owns Google is set to clash with three of its major shareholders at its annual meeting on Wednesday over a number of issues, including the amount they pay their executives and the amount the company spends on political lobbying. It is thought that the three companies may oppose Google’s board after their advisory companies recommended they do so. The advisers, Glass Lewis, Pirc, and ISS are unhappy about some aspects of how Alphabet Inc. is run. Glass Lewis said in a statement that there is “widespread dissatisfaction with aspects of the company’s general corporate governance, voting structure and equity plans.”
There are certain issues that the shareholders are very unhappy with, and they say they will be calling for a change in which the Mountain View-based company is run. One of the contentious issues is the $200 million pay and shares package Sundar Pichai, Google’s Chief Executive received last year – shareholders say the amount of shares he received was excessive and are concerned that the salary of top executives is not linked to performance, as they say it should. Another issue the shareholders have is whether the company is paying female executives fairly, an issue that Google was heavily criticized for in 2016 by the US Department of Labor. Alphabet Inc. also face criticism over the way in which they carries out political lobbying. Over 20 shareholders have signed a proposal on this issue, including the Benedictine Sisters of Baltimore, and Walden Asset Management, saying that Alphabet Inc. should provide transparent annual reports on its political lobbying efforts, and in particular provide details about how much it pays to organisations such as trade groups. Alphabet say its shareholders should reject the proposal as the information is already provided on its website although that has been disputed, with ISS saying the list is “comprehensive but not exclusive.”

The co-founders of Google, Larry Page, the CEO of Alphabet Inc., and Sergey Brin, Alphabet’s President have faced widespread criticism in the past for the way they govern Alphabet. They jointly possess 51% of the company’s voting power, although they say that this is to alleviate pressures of the stock market. It has not been confirmed yet whether they will attend in person to vote at the annual shareholder’s meeting – last year they voted by proxy, although they were present for the meeting in 2015.
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Alphabet finalizes restructuring with a new company called XXVI
It's mostly just a formality.


Back in 2015, Google announced that it was restructuring its company into multiple parts, with a new giant company called Alphabet to oversee all of Google's various businesses. The reasoning behind the move was to essentially separate out some of Google's "Other Bets" projects into their own entities, so that they would be valued separately from the core Google business. Today, Alphabet is finally wrapping up the reorg with the invention of a new company, called XXVI Holdings Inc.

XXVI Holdings will be the umbrella encompassing those aforementioned "Other Bets" projects, which include Waymo, which comes up with self-driving tech, and Verily, which specializes in digital health and medical devices. Google, on the other hand, is changing from a corporation to an LLC, because it's now part of a holding company instead of a listed public company. As a reminder, Google is still home to the business's bread-and-butter units like Gmail, search and YouTube.

Despite the changes though, it's really just a formality. "We're updating our corporate structure to implement the changes we announced with the creation of Alphabet in 2015," said Gina Weakley Johnson, an Alphabet spokesperson. It won't affect shareholder control, operations, or management.

As for why it's called XXVI? Well, it's 26 -- the number of letters in the alphabet -- in Roman numerals.
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I have always thought that if Google wanted to be on par as a manufacturer and "make" their own devices etc.. they had to have the means to do that. When Google purchased Motorola I thought that was it and they were going to move forward and then they sold it with a quickness and stripped away certain elements. It looks like round 2 is here

Report Claims Google Is Close To Buying HTC’s Mobile Divison




According to a new report that surfaced in Taiwan, Google and HTC have entered the ‘final stage of negotiation’ when it comes to the sale of HTC’s smartphone business. This is not the first time such reports are surfacing, though, we’ve seen quite a few such reports in the last year or two, and nothing came out of them, will it this time, though? Well, according to Commercial Times, a Taiwanese news publication, it will, read on.



Now, according to this report, Google is actually considering two options when HTC is concerned, either to become HTC’s strategic partner, or buy the company’s entire smartphone business. Do keep in mind that the HTC Vive is not included here, HTC’s Vive business is something completely different and is not a part of the company’s mobile unit. Now, this report comes straight from Commercial Times, and the publication did not share a source for such claims, but HTC is not doing that well at all, at least in terms of finances. The HTC U11 was praised by various publications, and it was selling rather well for the company, but it seems like that was nowhere near enough for HTC. August was actually HTC’s worst month in the past 13 years, which is saying a lot. The company’s revenue actually dropped by 51.5 percent compared to July, and in comparison to August last year, it dropped 54.3 percent. As you can see, things are not looking that great for HTC, and this buyout report seems more probable than ever.



The HTC U11 was announced back in May, and it was selling rather well in the first couple of months of availability, it managed to keep HTC somewhat afloat, but the phone’s sales wore off, and the company’s revenue dropped quite a bit. HTC has been having such issues for quite some time now, this Taiwan-based company is simply not able to sell enough devices. For those of you who do not know, HTC partnered up with Google a couple of times thus far, this Taiwan-based company actually manufactured both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL, even though Google designed both phones. It seems like HTC will manufacture the Google Pixel 2 as well, at least according to reports, though LG might be the company behind the Google Pixel XL 2. These are only rumors for now, though, so take this info with a grain of salt.
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I hope Google can do to HTC what they did to Motorola












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I don’t care what you call it, “Googorola” was awesome. That magical mish-mash of Android’s core developers blended with the company that helped popularize that same platform all those years ago resulted in something which not only saved Motorola’s life, but brought them back in a way unlike we’ve seen in any other manufacturer since. Though the partnership lasted less than two years (March 2012 – January 2014) the company under Google’s leadership produced some truly incredible products. From the legendary Moto X to the beautiful Moto 360, it seemed like there was nothing this dynamic duo couldn’t do.

With news filling the air of Google actually making the leap to purchase HTC, I’m left with a sense of nostalgia I haven’t felt since Googorola hit the scene. It’s no secret that Google has been using HTC for a while now to produce its first generation Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, but if Google actually moves in to acquire the company, this could be a whole new ball game.






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Alright, sorry about all the alliteration, but seriously, hear me out. Why do you think people always say “iPhones just work”? It’s because Apple has almost complete control of all software and hardware development of their phones. Sure, Foxconn actually produces the devices, but Apple only makes one to two phones a year, which allows them to be much more careful about quality control. They have hundreds of people in QA constantly testing to make sure that one yearly device is free of bugs and glitches, and they’re able to build one operating system around one phone and worry about nothing else.
'Made by Google' was created to build trust between customers who were weary to purchase an Android device
Now, Google has kind of already started doing this. The whole “Made by Google” campaign was created to build trust between customers who were weary to purchase an Android device. Why do you think almost all of my friends have mistaken my Pixel for an iPhone? It’s supposed to be simple. It’s supposed to be recognizable. And most of all, it’s supposed to be easy to use. The Pixel is just that, with its big, easy-to-see icons and incredibly fluid touch latency. These are aspects of the phone that don’t get recorded on spec sheets, but they sure as hell bleed into the user experience.






Think back to the original Moto X. What made that phone so darn special? Sure, it was incredibly customizable, with Moto Maker (RIP) giving the customer thousands of possibilities to make their phone truly theirs. But what caused that phone to get such incredible reviews to the point where it remains one of my favorite phones of all time?

It was the experience.
Motorola wanted to make something that was easy to hold and easy to use… Scrolling through home screens and the app drawer was always smooth… Overall the Moto X is a very solid release that focuses more on what the phone actually does instead of just providing the specs and focusing on what it could do.
These are all quotes from our original Moto X review way back in 2013. It was obvious that Google and Motorola were focusing on making the experience as fluid as possible, and they seem to have to done that again with the Pixel line. Focusing processing power on fluid animations and touch latency is what makes a phone really shine to the mass consumer, and it is this core value smashed in the middle of a great software suite that has really helped Apple’s iPhone succeed. And while we are already seeing the benefits of Google taking the reigns in terms of software and hardware design, actually owning the company could help elevate its devices to a whole new level.

A shift in philosophy




When Google made the move to purchase Motorola, it was a temporary maneuver. Officially, the company stated that it only purchased the Motorola to acquire its patents and keep them safe from the likes of Apple and Microsoft. Everyone thought it was a strange move. Wouldn’t Google producing their own devices undermine all the other Android OEM’s on the market? With Google developing software for use in such a wide range of phones, this seemed like the case, and in the end, it kind of was.

The Moto X was a nearly stock Android handset with a few software tweaks that benefited the user, not some bloated skin the company had developed in order to differentiate itself from competitors. But this very move was also the saving grace of the company, and helped Motorola to combat Samsung and others to create more diversity in the Android space.
With HTC completely under its wing, Google can start focusing on tailoring its OS to its own devices more than it ever has before
Now Google has changed its mind. Creating its own devices has become a new part of its core philosophy, and it’s even gone so far as to hide the fact that HTC was manufacturing its devices. While you could argue that the Nexus line always represented what Google’s baseline “true” experience was meant to be, working with different manufacturers almost every year caused the experience to shift every time the company introduced a new device. With HTC completely under its wing, Google can start focusing on tailoring its OS to its own devices more than it ever has before, and could even have its own engineers work with HTC’s fabrication team to make sure Pixel devices are as refined and tailored to Android as the iPhone is to iOS.

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Will Google still allow HTC to make phones, or will it pump all its resources into its own line of devices?
Here’s where this purchase starts to get a little weird. If Google goes all in and purchases HTC, will it still allow HTC to make phones, or will it pump all its resources into its own line of devices? When Google bought Motorola, they were very straightforward that they were leaving the Moto brand alone but sending in their own team to help, going so far as to make their very own Dennis Woodside the new CEO of the company. By purchasing HTC, Google is either eliminating the company completely and switching it’s focus on Pixel, or undermining the sales of its own devices with the sale of HTC branded phones.

Sure, all the cash would still flow into Google in the end, but HTC has always marketed themselves as a “premium” brand, just like Google is attempting to do with the Pixel line. Creating two different premium lines of phones would be a really, really weird thing for the company to do, and I just can’t see Google undermining the sales of the Pixel with HTC-branded devices.

Now, it is possible that Google will re-work HTC to target the low-end market. Loads of companies have shown that you can create a perfectly acceptable experience with cheaper hardware. Heck, the recent announcement of the Xiaomi Mi A1 got us more excited than a lot of flagships have, simply because it offers great hardware and an awesome experience at a price that many, many more people can afford. If Google wants to keep the HTC branding around, they could always diversify their own portfolio by producing budget HTC devices that target a market that does not have the resources to pick up a Pixel device.

There’s also the question of whether or not Google will actually keep the company, or just get them back on their feet and shoot them back into the world like they did with Motorola. While the latter was really just an acquisition of patents and an attempt to create more competition in the space, Google really needs a sole manufacturer this time around. It already seems pretty strange that Google is said to use LG for it’s upcoming Pixel XL 2 device this year, especially when they are likely once again using HTC for their regularly sized Pixel 2. Doing this feels more like a Nexus move than a Pixel one, and if this deal actually goes through and Google decides to hold on to HTC, we’ll probably see solely HTC-manufactured Pixel devices in the future, since all the costs would go directly through them.









Obviously this deal isn’t set in stone. Everything is just speculation right now, but the potential of such a sale gets me really, really exited for Google’s future as a manufacturer. Is it a little weird that they started making their own devices again? Sure. But something truly magical can happen when you have the power to control the hardware and software on your devices, and since Android is still an open-source operating system, this doesn’t mean we will stop seeing competition from other OEM’s on the market.
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Google acquisition of HTC could be announced tomorrow as trading halted in Taiwan







Rumors began to percolate early this month that Google and HTC were on the verge of agreeing to a deal that would let Google take over the struggling smartphone maker. Now that rumor is sounding all but inevitable as HTC has halted trading of its shares on the Taiwan Stock Exchange pending a major announcement. However, the acquisition may not be as complete as the Moto deal in 2011.

It's late in the day on Wednesday in Taipei right now, and HTC shares won't begin trading on Thursday due to the upcoming announcement. The nature of that announcement isn't clear—it might not have anything to do with Google, but it's looking like a safe bet right now.

As we covered recently, HTC has been on the decline for years. While the U11 is arguably the best phone HTC has released in a long time, sales have already dropped off, and the revenue is even lower than last year at this stage. Google is expected to have the smaller of this year's Pixels manufactured by HTC, so it can't just let the company go under.


There's speculation that Google (possibly Alphabet) won't be picking up the whole company a la Motorola. Instead, Google could just scoop up HTC's smartphone business and the associated manufacturing operations. In fact, the "HTC" brand might not be part of the deal, according to Evan Blass.

The Vive virtual reality segment could continue on as an HTC product—the only major HTC product, actually. HTC might just get out of the Android game by selling off that chunk of the company to Google. So, after the deal is done, Google would be able to make its own phones with the facilities and supply chains it has acquired.
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Google is buying HTC's Pixel team for $1.1 billion
HTC will continue focusing on its own smartphone brand and Vive business.


After weeks (months, and years) of speculation, HTC has announced that its "Powered by HTC" R&D division -- the team behind Google's Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones -- will be purchased by Google for $1.1 billion in cash. According to HTC's CFO Peter Shen, this will mean about half -- yes, half -- of the 4,000 people in his company's R&D team will be joining Google, but he emphasized that HTC will continue developing its own range of smartphones, including its next flagship product. The agreement also grants Google a non-exclusive license for HTC's intellectual property. The deal is expected to be approved and closed by early 2018.

Curious about what all of this means? You could do worse than to check out our guide to the subject from last week.

"This agreement is a brilliant next step in our longstanding partnership, enabling Google to supercharge their hardware business while ensuring continued innovation within our HTC smartphone and Vive virtual reality businesses," HTC co-founder and CEO Cher Wang said in a statement.

The rumor mill went into overdrive yesterday after HTC announced that trading of its shares on the Taiwan Stock Exchange would be halted today pending a "major announcement." The company swiftly added that, to debunk sale rumors, that it did not "comment on market rumor or speculation."

By then, however, most of everyone had assumed that the long-standing flirtation between the two companies would finally finish. Unsubstantiated reports on Twitter claimed that the deal would see HTC's manufacturing division become a part of the search engine, and this turned out to be true. In return, Google "will continue to have access to HTC's IP to support the Pixel smartphone family," according to HTC's press release. Or in Google's own words, it's "continuing our big bet on hardware."

Much like the deal that cleaved Nokia's hardware business from its parent company, the HTC name and brand will live on but in both the smartphone and VR worlds.
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