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From: FUBHO8/25/2017 1:43:41 PM
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Google Issuing Refunds to Advertisers Over Fake Traffic, Plans New Safeguard

Some advertisers question level of refunds, want more details about fraudulent traffic

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To: FUBHO who wrote (14774)8/25/2017 5:56:22 PM
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What are they doing? Siphoning off monies to support political left.... I've lost all faith in Google

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From: Glenn Petersen8/30/2017 6:38:49 AM
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Google and VMware are teaming up with a $2.8 billion startup to get an edge in the cloud wars with Amazon

Matt Weinberger
Business Insider
August 30, 2017

Google Cloud VP Sam Ramji Google

Google may be losing to Amazon in the cloud wars, but the search giant has a not-so-secret weapon — and some brand-new partners — that could help it fight back.

The weapon is something called Kubernetes, a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a go-to tool for modern software developers.

The partners are VMware and Pivotal, which is a spin-off of VMware valued at $2.8 billion. Together, the three companies plan to promote Kubernetes to large companies with their own data centers.

The partnership, announced on Tuesday, is centered on Pivotal's new Pivotal Container Service (PKS), which promises to make it effortless for companies to roll out Kubernetes. PKS allows developers build applications that can be easily installed on servers running VMware's software or run in Google's cloud.

Everybody gets something from this deal: Google gets access to VMware's customers, which include many of the world's largest companies. VMware gets to give its customers easy access to Google's cloud, including all of its cutting-edge artificial intelligence services for software developers. And Pivotal gets cozier with both companies.

Package it up

Underlying Kubernetes is a trendy developer technology called software containers that was pioneered by Docker, a $1 billion-plus startup.

Containers are neat metaphorical boxes into which developers can package their software programs. They ensure the applications run in the same way regardless of the computers that are running them, be they laptops, servers, data centers or cloud platforms. Kubernetes is emerging as the most popular way to manage those containers.

"I've never had a single engineer push back on Kubernetes as the container standard for the industry," James Watters, a senior vice president at Pivotal, told Business Insider.

James Watters, a senior vice president at PivotalPivotal Labs

Kubernetes has become such a smash hit that Google rivals Microsoft and Amazon decided to support the technology in their own clouds. But Google retains an edge with the technology. As the inventor of Kubernetes, Google Cloud has a reputation for being the best home for projects using the software, which it turns out is a lot of them.

PKS lets developers write the code they want to write while, behind the scenes, Kubernetes handles the hard part of managing the containers. Kubernetes simplifies the task of building software that has to run at large scales, which is why Google created it in the first place.

Tying PKS to VMware's offerings will likely prove "attractive both to cloud-native developers and companies with strong investments in [VMware] products and skills," said Dave Bartoletti, an analyst at tech research firm Forrester.

VMWare's partnership with Google and Pivotal was born of simple demand, said Sanjay Poonen, the virtualization software provider's chief operating officer. Companies are looking for ways to use Kubernetes, so VMware went looking for ways to offer the technology, he said.

"We go where our customers are going," Poonen said.

Cloud fronts

The tie-up could help the three partners battle not just Amazon but other cloud players as well.

Google's target: Microsoft, which has long held that its investments in data center products like Windows Server give it an edge in the cloud wars. With PKS, Google will get access to companies that use VMware in their data centers. That could give the search giant a foothold from which it could spread its technology across both the cloud and the data center.

"Somehow, all this stuff should work well together," said Sam Ramji, a vice president of product management at Google. "You're gonna have data centers, and you're gonna have cloud."

VMware COO Sanjay Poonen VMware

Meanwhile, PKS has its sights set on Docker, which has its own technology to manage containers. With VMware and Google behind it, Pivotal believes that PKS can grab market share from Docker, Watters said.

Finally, VMWare is aiming at Red Hat, its longtime foe. The $17 billion enterprise software company offers OpenShift, an application development platform that's similar in some ways to PKS. With the help of PKS and Google, VMware is hoping it can stem some of OpenShift's growth.

"The three of us are coming for Red Hat," Poonen said.

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From: FUBHO8/31/2017 4:55:54 AM
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Google Critic Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant
AUG. 30, 2017
But not long after one of New America’s scholars posted a statement on the think tank’s website praising the European Union’s penalty against Google, Mr. Schmidt, who had been chairman of New America until 2016, communicated his displeasure with the statement to the group’s president, Anne-Marie Slaughter, according to the scholar.

The statement disappeared from New America’s website, only to be reposted without explanation a few hours later. But word of Mr. Schmidt’s displeasure rippled through New America, which employs more than 200 people, including dozens of researchers, writers and scholars, most of whom work in sleek Washington offices where the main conference room is called the “Eric Schmidt Ideas Lab.” The episode left some people concerned that Google intended to discontinue funding, while others worried whether the think tank could truly be independent if it had to worry about offending its donors.

Those worries seemed to be substantiated a couple of days later, when Ms. Slaughter summoned the scholar who wrote the critical statement, Barry Lynn, to her office. He ran a New America initiative called Open Markets that has led a growing chorus of liberal criticism of the market dominance of telecom and tech giants, including Google, which is now part of a larger corporate entity known as Alphabet, for which Mr. Schmidt serves as executive chairman.

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Ms. Slaughter told Mr. Lynn that “the time has come for Open Markets and New America to part ways,” according to an email from Ms. Slaughter to Mr. Lynn. The email suggested that the entire Open Markets team — nearly 10 full-time employees and unpaid fellows — would be exiled from New America.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (14777)8/31/2017 6:26:06 AM
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GOOGLE Coming After Critics in Academia, Journalism...

Pattern of Threatening to Acquire Power...

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From: Tonnyman9/1/2017 7:01:15 AM
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If Google has its way, soon it would become a lot easier to have your clothes washed and bread toasted just by giving voice commands.

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From: Glenn Petersen9/1/2017 11:06:05 PM
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Alphabet Finishes Reorganization With New XXVI Company

By Mark Bergen
September 1, 2017

-- Google business to be legally separated from car, health units

-- Holding company name plays on Page’s dream of Other Bets

Alphabet Inc. is forming a new holding company designed to finalize its evolution from Google, the web search giant, into a corporate parent with distinct arms that protects individual businesses in far-flung fields like health care and self-driving cars.

The new entity, called XXVI Holdings Inc., will own the equity of each Alphabet company, including Google. The new structure legally separates Google from other units such as Waymo, its self-driving car business, and Verily, a medical device and health data firm.

Google co-founder Larry Page announced Alphabet two years ago to foster new businesses that operate independently from Google. Technically, however, those units, called the “Other Bets,” were still subsidiaries of Google. The new structure, unveiled Friday, lets the Other Bets become subsidiaries of Alphabet on the same legal footing as Google.

Google is also changing from a corporation to a limited liability company, or LLC. This won’t alter the way the business pays taxes, said Gina Weakley Johnson, an Alphabet spokeswoman. The switch is partly related to Google’s transformation from a listed public company into a business owned by a holding company. The change helps keep potential challenges in one business from spreading to another, according to Dana Hobart, a litigator with the Buchalter law firm in Los Angeles.

“By separating them, it allows the parent company to limit the exposure of the various obligations of the LLCs,” Hobart said. “For example, if one of the LLCs has its own debt, only that LLC will end up being responsible for payment of that debt.”

Corporations are often formed to raise money from public investors who expect disclosures on financial performance, and Google did that in a 2004 initial public offering. Now, it’s owned by Alphabet, so it effectively has only one investor and no public disclosure obligations. An LLC structure is better suited to this situation. Waymo is also an LLC.

“We’re updating our corporate structure to implement the changes we announced with the creation of Alphabet in 2015,” Johnson said. She called the process a legal formality that won’t affect ultimate shareholder control, operations, management or personnel at the 75,606-person company.

XXVI, the name of the new holding entity, is the number of letters in the alphabet expressed in Roman numerals. The sums of the company’s two most recent share buybacks were both derived from math equations involving the number 26.

“I still see amazing opportunities that just aren’t quite fully developed yet -- and helping making them real is what I get excited about,” Page wrote in a letter last year about Alphabet. Google accounted for 99 percent of Alphabet revenue last quarter.

The new structures were disclosed in a filing on Friday with the Federal Communications Commission. Businesses that hold FCC licenses, like Waymo and the Fiber internet service, are required to make such filings.

“As a result of the corporate reorganization, Alphabet and Google will be able to operate in a more efficient, economical, and transparent manner, allowing the companies to concentrate on their revenue generating activities,” the company said in the filing.

— With assistance by Brian Womack, and Edvard Pettersson

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From: JakeStraw9/8/2017 2:38:52 PM
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Is Google Looking To Beef Up Its Smartphone Efforts?

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From: FUBHO9/15/2017 11:34:47 AM
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The Silicon Valley Backlash is Heating Up

By Eric Newcomer
September 15, 2017, 6:00 AM CDT

Hi all, it’s Eric. Big tech is falling out of political favor. This week, BuzzFeed's Ben Smith convincingly argued that the tides are turning against Google, Facebook and Amazon. The article, “There's Blood in the Water in Silicon Valley,” is worth a read. As Ben points out, Steve Bannon is leading the charge from the right, calling for Google and Facebook to be regulated like public utilities. Bernie Sanders is helping to push the anti-tech charge from the left. Populists on both wings want to kneecap big tech.

Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the technology giants, there isn't a coherent, unified critique of their behavior. The grievances come in many forms and from many camps. They include:
  • Simmering 99 percenters angry over tech's growing power
  • Mounting antitrust concerns
  • Animus from ad-dependent media companies
  • Bias charges from right-wingers without a seat at the table in Silicon Valley
  • Complaints, especially from Democrats, about Russian interference in the election, particularly via social media
  • An effort to reckon with gender discrimination and harassment at male dominated engineering companies
  • Accusations of fake news and clickbait all around.
The situation keeps getting worse.


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From: JakeStraw9/15/2017 12:18:38 PM
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Upcoming versions of Google Chrome will let you permanently mute sites, block autoplaying videos

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