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A peek inside Alphabet’s investing universe

Chances are high you have heard of Google. You are likely a contributor to one of the 3.5 billion search queries the website processes daily. But unless you’re a venture capitalist, an entrepreneur or a slightly obsessive technology journalist, you may not know that Google — or, more properly, …

Venture Capital

Google details 2018 office and data center expansion plans for the U.S.

As Google noted during its Q4 2017 earnings call earlier this month, the company is planning on hiring thousands of more people in 2018, which will require office and data center expansion. The company further detailed those U.S. plans today as it breaks ground on its first of several new …

Renewable Energy

Apple marks completion of new campus with first corporate address change since 1993

On the heels of this past Tuesday’s annual shareholders meeting, Apple has made the transition to their new campus official by changing the company’s corporate address to One Apple Park Way. The change comes just weeks after Apple was given occupancy permits for several sections of the main campus …

Apple Park

Uber is reportedly preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab

Uber is preparing to sell its Southeast Asian business to Grab in exchange for a stake in the Singaporean ride-sharing company that has a big presence in that region, according to a new report from CNBC.<p>This wouldn’t be an unfamiliar story for Uber, which was handily beaten by Didi in China before …

South-east Asia

Class-action suits over Intel Spectre, Meltdown flaws surge

Since the beginning of 2018, the number of cases has risen from three to 32.<p>Intel says that since the beginning of January it has been hit with 30 consumer and two securities-related class-action suits over the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in its processors revealed in 2017.<p>In the section …

Class Action

Atari will use cryptocurrency to bolster its online gambling business

In its latest bid for relevance, Atari is glomming onto the cryptocurrency craze. The company is hoping to bolster its gambling business in Europe with Atari Token, according to <i>Bloomberg</i>. "Our aim is to take strategic positions with a limited cash risk, in order to best create value with the assets …

Cryptocurrency

Intel just put a quantum computer on a silicon chip

Dutch quantum computing company QuTech, in conjunction with chip-maker Intel, yesterday unveiled a programmable two-qubit quantum computer running on a silicon chip.<p>Quantum computers are supposed to be capable of doing things no “classical” computer could possibly accomplish, such as complex …

Quantum Computing

Google to acquire Xively IoT platform from LogMeIn

Google announced today that it intends to buy Xively from LogMeIn, giving Google Cloud an established IoT platform to add to their product portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.<p>In a blog post announcing the acquisition, Google indicated it wants to use this purchase as a springboard into …

Internet of Things

Google is replacing Facebook’s traffic to publishers

New data from Chartbeat show the exact numbers.<p>Google’s increased traffic to publishers is replacing the traffic publishers have lost from Facebook, according to new data from Chartbeat.<p>While Facebook has been tinkering with its algorithm to prioritize posts from friends and family over publishers, …

Digital Advertising

Can VR make us healthier, smarter and less racist?

Stanford University’s Human Interaction Lab, led by Jeremy Bailenson, is finding out.<p>You and three of your kindergarten classmates are sitting on the floor, playing with blocks while the teacher helps another student with her work. All the kids on the floor start throwing blocks at one another and …

Amazing

Facebook lost around 2.8 million U.S. users under 25 last year. 2018 won’t be much better.

That’s according to research firm eMarketer.<p>Facebook is losing young users even quicker than expected, according to new estimates by eMarketer.<p>The digital measurement firm predicted last year that Facebook would see a 3.4 percent drop in 12- to 17-year-old users in the U.S. in 2017, the first time …

Social Media

Cyberattack hits Winter Olympics during the opening ceremony

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics' internal servers crashed in the attack, as did public Wi-Fi. Officials confirmed the attack, but won't identify the perp.<p>Reports in January from cybersecurity company McAfee claimed that organisations associated with the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics were targeted by …

North Korea

Exclusive: Amazon paid $90 million for camera maker's chip technology - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc paid about $90 million to acquire the maker of Blink home security cameras late last year, in a secret bet on the startup's energy-efficient chips, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.<p>The deal's rationale and price tag, previously unreported, …

Enterprise Tech

Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, is backing an AI chat bot to help people report workplace abuse

Three in four workplace harassment incidents go unreported.<p>Three in four workplace harassment incidents go unreported.That’s why Phil Libin, the co-founder of Evernote, is backing a startup that aims to make it easier for people to report inappropriate behavior.<p>But since this is Silicon Valley, the …

Phil Libin

This is Uber’s plan to deliver on flying ‘cars’

S<p>elf-driving and electric flying cars are coming. What this means for our cities in the future is unclear, so I chatted with Uber Head of Policy of Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Aviation Justin Erlich to learn more.<p>Erlich previously worked under Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he focused on …

Transportation

Qualcomm warns of customer losses, legal hazards to Broadcom buyout

(Reuters) - (This Feb. 9 story has been refiled to correct reported statement in paragraph three to "had said they would likely move designs away" from previous "had vowed to move away.)<p>Qualcomm Inc warned on Friday it could lose two large clients if it accepted chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's revised …

Investing

Apple: The leaked iPhone source code is outdated

Apple has taken down a crucial iPhone source code for iOS 9 posted on Github, but it was up long enough to cause security concerns.<p>Apple has responded to security concerns surrounding a leaked iPhone source code, pointing out that any potential vulnerabilities would be outdated.<p>"Old source code …

Source Code

Amazon reportedly launching a delivery service for businesses; FedEx, UPS shares slide

Amazon is gearing up to launch a delivery service for businesses, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.<p>This would pit the e-commerce giant …

eCommerce

Uber needed to settle Alphabet’s lawsuit

Putting this messy legal battle to rest was in the best interest of the company as it tries to go public.<p>Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber was bad for Uber. That’s an understatement. In the midst of an already scandal-ridden year, the messy, public lawsuit exposed the company’s internal messages, …

Autonomous Vehicle

Google fined $21m in India over competition abuse

Google has been fined $21m by Indian competition authorities for abusing its market dominance, as global regulators continue to crack down on the US …

Startups

Qualcomm Rejects Broadcom's Higher $121 Billion Hostile Bid

Broadcom Ltd. said its $121 billion acquisition proposal for Qualcomm Inc. is the “best and final” offer after the target’s board unanimously …

Broadcom

Snap Reverses Slide as User Growth and Revenue Jump

SAN FRANCISCO — Snap finally snapped its losing streak.<p>As the messaging and media company prepares to celebrate its first anniversary as a publicly traded stock, it handily reversed a slide that consumed much of the past year. After it released fourth quarter results on Tuesday, Snap’s beleaguered …

Advertising

Study: 44% of bitcoin transactions are for illegal activities

The odds are about one in four that the crypto fanatic in your office is involved in illegal activities. After conducting a study of historical bitcoin transaction data an Australian research group concluded:<p>We find approximately one-quarter of bitcoin users and one-half of bitcoin transactions are …

Bitcoin

Lyft offered to buy company at center of Waymo-Uber dispute

Lyft put "an acquisition offer on the table" for Otto, the self-driving truck startup that is at the center of the Waymo vs. Uber trial, Otto …

Anthony Levandowski

DJI will create no-fly zones around Olympic venues in South Korea

Days ago, South Korean authorities announced that they'd capture any drone that got too close to Olympics event facilities. If you have a DJI-made craft, you won't even be able to get close. The UAV maker is releasing a software patch that creates a no-fly zone around Olympic areas.<p>For the duration …

Drones

Uber is facing fresh, sharp rebukes from Congress for initially withholding details about a 2016 security breach

A Tuesday hearing on “bug bounties” has the company back in the political hot seat.<p>Lawmakers in the U.S. Congress pilloried Uber on Tuesday for initially failing to inform regulators and customers about a 2016 security breach that affected about 57 million drivers and riders.<p>At a hearing before the …

Dara Khosrowshahi

In Travis Kalanick’s first public appearance since resigning from Uber, his competitive nature was put on trial

Kalanick took the witness stand in Alphabet’s lawsuit against Uber.<p>The legal saga between tech behemoths Alphabet and Uber began with a bruising condemnation of Uber’s former CEO.<p>“This case is about one competitor deciding they need to win at all costs,” an attorney for Alphabet said in his opening …

Driverless Cars

SpaceX launched the most powerful rocket on Earth today — and shot Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster toward Mars

<i><br>This story was updated with new information at 10:53 p.m. ET.</i><p>CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful launch system on Earth, roared into the sky on Tuesday afternoon atop a pillar of smoke.<p>The rocket's three reusable boosters lifted the vehicle skyward, ultimately …

Elon Musk

Forget millennials — Alibaba is swooping in on a surprising consumer market in China that's already 222 million strong

While most companies are still figuring out how to capture the millennial market, Taobao, the Alibaba-backed online retailer, has its focus set on China's growing population of senior citizens.<p>Last week the company launched an "elderly-friendly" version of its app that the company hopes will …

Alibaba Group

We got a great glimpse into how Google figured out when a star former engineer allegedly stole 14,107 files

The IT department is playing a key role in the Uber vs. Waymo trial playing out in a San Francisco court room this week, as the two tech titans clash over whether Uber used Waymo trade secrets to advance its self-driving car research.<p>One of the key witnesses called to the stand by Waymo, a …

Autonomous Vehicle