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Alphabet’s Loon signs deal with Telefonica to provide internet to remote parts of the Amazon

Alphabet’s Loon signs deal with Telefonica to provide internet to remote parts of the Amazon Alphabet-owned Loon, the high-altitude balloon company that is using its stratospheric technology to provide internet connectivity on Earth, has signed a new commercial agreement with Telefonica-owned Internet para Todos (IpT). The IpT initiative, which is also backed […]

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Waymo expands self-driving services to include B2B car parts delivery trial

Waymo expands self-driving services to include B2B car parts delivery trial Self-driving vehicle technology company Waymo has expanding its business relationship with automotive retail company AutoNation, the companies announced today. The new extension builds on the existing partnership between Waymo and AutoNation, which began as a way for Waymo to service its […]

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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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Loon breaks its stratospheric balloon flight record with 223 days aloft

Loon breaks its stratospheric balloon flight record with 223 days aloft Alphabet’s Loon is gearing up for its first big commercial trial later this year, but it’s also breaking records in terms of pure performance. The company announced today that it just retrieved P-496, one of its balloon flight systems that earned […]

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Alphabet’s Loon balloons get their first commercial trial in Kenya

Alphabet’s Loon balloons get their first commercial trial in Kenya Google spinout and now fellow member of the Alphabet family of companies Loon will get a big test in the coming weeks, as it begins its first commercial trial in Kenya in partnership with Telkom Kenya . Loon’s entire mission is to […]

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Chronicle, X’s security moonshot, moves to Google Cloud

Chronicle, X’s security moonshot, moves to Google Cloud Google Cloud today announced that Chronicle, the enterprise security company Google’s parent company Alphabet incubated under its X “moonshot factory,” is moving to Google Cloud and becoming part of Google’s security portfolio. Chronicle officially launched out of X in January 2018, when it became […]

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Former Anki engineers will steer Waymo’s self-driving trucks effort

Former Anki engineers will steer Waymo’s self-driving trucks effort More than a dozen engineers, who lost their jobs after consumer robotics startup Anki shut down in April, have found a new home. The 13 robotics experts, a group that includes Anki’s co-founder and former CEO Boris Sofman, are heading over to self-driving […]

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Waymo starts self-driving pick-ups for Lyft riders

Waymo starts self-driving pick-ups for Lyft riders Autonomous driving company Waymo has launched its tie-in with Lyft, using a “handful” of vehicles to pick up riders in its Phoenix testing zone, per CNBC. To be eligible, Lyft users requesting a ride have to be doing a trip that both starts and ends […]

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Boeing is going to work with Kitty Hawk on flying cars and safety

Boeing is going to work with Kitty Hawk on flying cars and safety Kitty Hawk, the flying car company backed by Google’s Larry Page and led by Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun, has struck a deal with aerospace giant Boeing. The terms of the strategic partnership are vague. But it appears the two […]

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