Google owner Alphabet in bid to buy Fitbit: sources

Business / Tech Oct 29, 2019

Google owner Alphabet in bid to buy Fitbit: sources

Google owner Alphabet Inc. has made an offer to acquire U.S. wearable device maker Fitbit Inc., as it eyes a slice of the crowded market for fitness trackers and smartwatches, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. While Google has joined other major technology ...

Study shows cute kids are YouTube clickbait; child advocates concerned

Business Jul 26, 2019

Study shows cute kids are YouTube clickbait; child advocates concerned

YouTube videos featuring young children draw nearly triple the average viewership of other content, according to research released on Thursday. The report provided ammunition for child advocates who want Alphabet Inc. to take more aggressive steps to make its streaming service safer for kids. Pew Research ...

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

Business Jun 20, 2019

Activists urge Google to break up before regulators force it to

Shareholder activists on Wednesday urged Google parent Alphabet Inc. to break itself up before regulators force the world's biggest internet ad seller to split into different pieces. SumOfUs, a U.S.-based group that aims to curb the growing power of corporations, presented the proposal at Alphabet's ...

Silicon valley battered as Washington turns up antitrust heat

Business Jun 4, 2019

Silicon valley battered as Washington turns up antitrust heat

Technology giants are bracing for sweeping investigations into their business practices as top U.S. antitrust officials and lawmakers carved out a battle plan targeting Silicon Valley's best-known names — sending shares tumbling and raising the prospect of a drawn-out fight with the government. The House ...

Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

Business / Tech Mar 27, 2019

Google launches global council to advise on AI and tech ethics

Alphabet Inc.'s Google said on Tuesday it was launching a global advisory council to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies. The council, which is slated to publish a report at the end of 2019, includes technology experts, digital ethicists, and people ...