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Daily Crunch: Google’s founders step back

Daily Crunch: Google’s founders step back The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Google CEO Sundar Pichai is taking over as CEO of Alphabet Founders […]

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai is taking over as CEO of Alphabet

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is taking over as CEO of Alphabet Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin just announced that Google CEO Sundar Pichai will be replacing Page as the CEO of parent company Alphabet. It also sounds like Brin is stepping down from his role as Alphabet’s president. Alphabet first […]

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Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg’s “twisted logic” on hate speech and fakes

Watch Sacha Baron Cohen skewer Zuckerberg’s “twisted logic” on hate speech and fakes Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has waded into the debate about social media regulation. In an award-acceptance speech to the Anti Defamation League yesterday the creator of Ali G and Borat delivered a precision takedown of what he called Facebook […]

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Google reportedly in talks to acquire Fitbit

Google reportedly in talks to acquire Fitbit According to Reuters, Google parent Alphabet is looking to acquire publicly traded wearables company Fitbit. Reuters says the deal is still being negotiated and could still fall apart, but if it came together, it would surely strengthen Google’s position in the wearables space, an area […]

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Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the U.S.

Alphabet’s Wing begins making first commercial drone deliveries in the U.S. Alphabet -owned drone delivery spin-out Wing is starting to service U.S. customers, after becoming the first drone delivery company to get the federal go-ahead to do so earlier this year. Wing is working with FedEx Express and Walgreens on this pilot, […]

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Waymo to customers: “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way”

Waymo to customers: “Completely driverless Waymo cars are on the way” Waymo, the autonomous vehicle business under Alphabet, sent an email to customers of its ride-hailing app that their next trip might not have a human safety driver behind the wheel, according to a copy of the email that was posted on […]

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Kitty Hawk reveals its secret project, Heaviside

Kitty Hawk reveals its secret project, Heaviside Sebastian Thrun is waving a device in his hand with an excited, almost gleeful expression on his face as he trots from a makeshift aircraft hangar toward the secret project that Kitty Hawk Corp. has been working on for nearly two years. The serial entrepreneur […]

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To curb lobbying power, Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment

To curb lobbying power, Elizabeth Warren wants to reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment In a move to correct the imbalance of power between technologically sophisticated corporations and the lawmakers who regulate them, presidential candidate Senator Elizabeth Warren is proposing that Congress reinstate the Office of Technology Assessment. It’s a move that […]

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Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx

Wing will test drone delivery in the US with Walgreens and FedEx Wing, the drone delivery company that started its life within the Google X lab before spinning out into its own thing under the Alphabet umbrella, is prepping for takeoff. The company announced this morning that it’s launching a test program […]

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Sidewalk Labs spins out urban data-gathering tool Replica into a company

Sidewalk Labs spins out urban data-gathering tool Replica into a company Replica, the data-gathering tool created within Sidewalk Labs that maps the movement of people in cities, is now a company. The newly formed company, which is headed by Nick Bowden, also announced Thursday it has raised $11 million in a Series […]

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