Alphabet Just Unloaded Its Crazy Robots on Japanese Telecom Softbank

Three years after acquiring the MIT robotics lab Boston Dynamics, makers of Atlas and other scary bots, Alphabet (Google’s parent company) is selling it off to Softbank, a Japanese telecommunications company already known for its less terrifying robots like Pepper that might soon be getting some impressive upgrades. It turns out that posting YouTube videos of nightmare-inducing robots isn’t as profitable as once hoped. Read More >>

Google’s Made an API for Identifying Troll Comments

Google's Counter Abuse Technology team and Jigsaw (part of Alphabet) are working on a way to identify and weed out angry manchildren in website comment sections. Read More >>

A Brief History of Uber and Google’s Very Complicated Relationship

Last night, Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet — parent company to Google — filed a blockbuster lawsuit against Uber. The suit alleges that a former Google engineer stole trade secrets and proprietary designs of Waymo’s self-driving car system, which he subsequently used when starting his own company that was later acquired by Uber in 2016. Read More >>

Is the Google Moonshot as We Know It Dead?

Since Google morphed into a new company called Alphabet last year, there’s been an apparent bloodbath for the tech giant’s popular (and costly) “moonshot” projects. These longer-term, riskier ventures are suddenly being held to account for the amount of money they were losing. The result hasn’t been pretty. Alphabet has since systematically killed many of the projects, and we can now add one more to the growing list. Read More >>

Daydream Is Google’s Plan to Conquer Virtual Reality With Android

After years of dabbling, Google is getting serious about VR. Meet Daydream, Google’ three-part plan to take the world of VR by storm with Android. Read More >>

Android Apps Might Be Heading to Chromebooks

Currently, Chromebooks run apps off the Chrome Web Store, as well as select Android apps in an experimental runtime. But according to details in the latest developer build of Chrome OS, compatibility for Android’s millions of apps could be coming. Read More >>

Alphabet’s Taking a Long, Hard Look at Its Money-Bleeding Projects

Despite being enormously profitable, Google’s parent company Alphabet’s expenditures on experimental projects has started to balloon. It's got so bad, that the company just said it intends to make sure all that spending makes sense. Read More >>

Report: Google’s Parent Company Has 100 People Working on its City of the Future

After dropping hints at a recent event that the Google parent company Alphabet might be building its own urban-scale laboratory, Sidewalk Labs CEO Don Doctoroff confirmed that a plan to build a city is in motion, and it’s named “Project Sidewalk”. Read More >>

Making a Stable Walking Robot Is a Lot Easier When It’s Just Legs

Getting a robot to balance and walk on two feet is a massive challenge, as the DARPA Challenge revealed. But it turns out it’s a little less tricky when you focus on just the legs, as the Alphabet-owned SCHAFT’s newest bipedal creation demonstrated by confidently walking out on stage at the New Economic Summit going on in Tokyo. Read More >>

Google’s Parent Company (Probably) Wants to Build a City From Scratch

Rumours are swirling that Alphabet, the parent company formerly known as Google, wants to build its own techno-utopian town. But the size and feasibility of a town “built from the internet up” remains in question. Read More >>

Google is Reportedly Selling Crazy Robotics Skunkworks Boston Dynamics

It’s been a little over two years since Google (now Alphabet) decided to add robotics lab Boston Dynamics to its portfolio. Now it’s putting the company that built Atlas up for grabs. Read More >>

Google’s Boss Becomes the Best Paid Manager in the US

Google's Sundar Pichai is now the best paid company boss in the US, thanks to his loyalty to the cause earning him a nice chunk of 273,328 shares in umbrella company Alphabet -- worth around $199m (£138m) depending on whether today's a good or bad day for the US markets. Read More >>

Alphabet Is Now the Most Valuable Company on Earth

Last week, we reported that Alphabet, the holding company for Google and all its disparate moonshot affiliates, would surpass Apple as the most valuable company in the world. That future has now come to pass. Read More >>

Report: the Pope and Google Boss Eric Schmidt Will Have an Unusual Meeting Friday

Leader of the online advertising world and CEO of Alphabet (Google's parent company) Eric Schmidt will have a ‘brief conversation’ this Friday with Pope Francis, presumably not about moving the @pontifex Twitter account to Google+. Self-driving popemobile: more likely. Read More >>