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Google Corporate Stories January 31, 2019

According to Austin American Statesman sources this evening, Google has signed to lease all 35 floors of a forthcoming tower that’s already broken ground in downtown Austin, Texas. It will be located, unsurprisingly, right next door to Google’s existing Austin offices.

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Google Corporate Stories January 17, 2019

Google announced this morning that some of the largest-ever solar panel projects in both Alabama and Tennessee are underway, and they’re being built to power Google data centers in each state.

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Google Corporate Stories July 18, 2018

Google has been ordered to pay a record-breaking fine by the EU regulators over anti-trust violations relating to the pre-installation of the Chrome browser and associated Google Play Services on devices running Android. The fine may not even be the biggest punishment doled out by the EU today however…

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Google Corporate Stories June 28, 2018

After nine months without, Google hires new Global Head of Policy to work with governments

Since September, Google has not had a Global Head of Policy following a reshuffle of the team responsible for managing relations with governments around the world. Today, after numerous candidates, Google confirmed that it hired Karan Bhatia of GE and previously the Bush Administration.

Google Corporate Stories June 27, 2018

Google is well-known for maintaining an open company culture that encourages frank discussion and expression. It most recently played a role in the petition signed by over 4,000 Googlers to stop Project Maven. However, there are issues associated with that open atmosphere and Google last week established new rules for internal discussion and workplace conduct.

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Google Corporate Stories May 21, 2018

Last night on CBS, 60 Minutes aired a segment called “The Real Power of Google” which looked at anti-trust claims against Google from anti-competition experts and, of all companies, Yelp.

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Google Corporate Stories April 16, 2018

John Oliver calls out Google, Apple, and others over not paying corporate taxes [Video]

John Oliver, host of the irreverent HBO series, Last Week Tonight, called out a number of companies, including Google, about not paying corporate taxes in the US.

Google Corporate Stories April 9, 2018

Google to power Georgia data center w/ solar energy, breaks ground on new Alabama site

Just last week, Google announced that it purchased enough renewable energy in 2017 to match global usage from its data center and offices. Today, it is purchasing a significant amount of solar power for its Georgia cloud facility, while also breaking ground on a new site in Alabama.

Google Corporate Stories April 2, 2018

Two years ago, Google appointed its head of artificial intelligence to lead Search in a move that reflected the future of the company. Today, John Giannandrea is stepping down from those positions, with Google veterans Ben Gomes and Jeff Dean taking over.

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Google Corporate Stories February 26, 2018

Last November, the Securities and Exchange Commission asked Alphabet to further clarify its unique corporate governance structure. Implemented in 2015 as part of a massive reorganization, the SEC wanted insight into the decision-making process within the parent company and its “Other Bets.”

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Google Corporate Stories February 16, 2018

As Google noted during its Q4 2017 earnings call earlier this month, the company is planning on hiring thousands of more people in 2018, which will require office and data center expansion. The company further detailed those U.S. plans today as it breaks ground on its first of several new facilities.

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Google Corporate Stories February 8, 2018

Given its dominant position throughout various industries, Google is no stranger to antitrust complaints from around the world. The latest is by India and involves Google Search allegedly abusing its dominant position in the marketplace.

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Google Corporate Stories January 2, 2018

A common critique of Google, and frankly most major multinational companies, is the reliance on loopholes to reduce international taxes. The same process occurred in 2016 with tax shelters saving Google at least $3.7 billion in taxation.

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Google Corporate Stories December 8, 2017

Googlers and Google.org donated $260 million to nonprofits in 2017

In light of hurricanes, attacks, and other disasters this year, Google has provided aid through donations and employee matching initiatives. In 2017, employees and the Google.org philanthropic arm gave $260 million to nonprofits.

Google Corporate Stories October 10, 2017

While Apple switching Siri and Spotlight to Google is beneficial for Search traffic, there is a notable business cost associated. Investors (via Bloomberg) are noticing and wary of the rising traffic acquisition costs from Google paying Apple and Android OEMs to use Search and other services.

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Google Corporate Stories September 11, 2017

Back in June, the European Union wrapped up its seven-year antitrust investigation into Google Shopping with a $2.7 billion penalty. Unsurprisingly, Google challenged that fine today in a process that could ultimately take several years.

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Google Corporate Stories September 8, 2017

Over the past year, Google has been dealing with an accusation from the Department of Labor that its women employees are paid less than men. An investigation by the New York Times today, bolsters the U.S. Government’s claim with an analysis of pay data. Google has long denied the Labor Deparment claims and vehemently countered the Times today.

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Google Corporate Stories September 1, 2017

Nearly two years after the reorganization was announced, Waymo, Verily, and the “Other Bets” are now legally Alphabet subsidiaries. Before this, the companies were all technically considered subsidiaries of Google. However, thanks to a new XXVI holding company the structure revealed in 2015 will soon be in effect.

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Google Corporate Stories August 17, 2017

In an email to employees today, Sundar Pichai condemned the extremism in Charlottesville and spoke out against the terrorism that took place in Barcelona only a few hours ago. In response to the more recent event, Google activated its SOS Alert feature, while Pichai made note that Googlers in Spain are safe today.

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Google Corporate Stories August 10, 2017

Coinciding with Monday’s firing of the Googler behind the anti-diversity document, Sundar Pichai announced an all-hands meeting set for today. The Town Hall on gender, expression, and other issues was abruptly canceled this afternoon over fears of online harassment.

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Google Corporate Stories August 7, 2017

The author of the viral anti-diversity document has been fired from Google and comes after Sundar Pichai’s first address on the issue. Following statements over the weekend from the VP of Diversity and others at the company, Google CEO Sundar Pichai penned a memo to employees that surfaced today. It notes that portions of the anti-diversity document violate Google’s Code of Conduct, with the CEO returning from vacation to hold a town hall later this week.

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Google Corporate Stories August 5, 2017

In light of an employee-written document speaking out against equality and other similar initiatives at the company, Google has issued several responses. The first was made yesterday by their VP of Engineering and the second comes from the VP of Diversity, with both refuting the document.

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In recent years, Silicon Valley has made strides towards improving gender and racial diversity, but it is still not the industry’s strong suit. Reflecting how issues are still present is a document circling within Google that decries and calls for an end to the company’s equality efforts. This manifesto of sorts has gone “internally viral,” with many employees now awaiting Google’s response.

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Google Corporate Stories July 24, 2017

Ahead of Q2 2017 earnings this afternoon, Alphabet has announced that Sundar Pichai is joining its board of directors. This move gives Google — the key revenue maker — a second seat on the now 13 member committee responsible for overseeing the sprawling Alphabet conglomerate.

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Google Corporate Stories July 18, 2017

Along with other tech companies, Google regularly posts Transparency Reports detailing government requests for user data and content removals. Since 2010, the report has expanded in scope and coverage, but Google is today updating the design to make it more accessible.

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Google Corporate Stories February 27, 2017

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Update 3/10: The Mountain View City Council approved the Charleston East project earlier this week. Work on the new Google building will begin in April and will approximately take two years.


Back in 2015, Google shared its vision for a radical Mountain View campus that incorporated lightweight, movable structures. The company revised its concept after a roadblock, leading to a more modest building. Last month, the company shared its latest plans, with new images and more details about the tent-like structure.

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Google Corporate Stories January 30, 2017

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Google is forming its largest ever crisis fund to deal with the ongoing impact of Friday’s immigration order that restricts entrance into the United States. In a memo (obtained by USA Today), CEO Sundar Pichai detailed the company’s $2 million donation to four organizations, as well as an employee matching program.

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Google Corporate Stories January 28, 2017

Google co-founder Sergey Brin joins San Francisco protest over Trump immigration order

Following President Trump’s executive order on immigration, several protests have arisen around the country. With the tech industry especially impacted by the halt, Google co-founder Sergey Brin joined protesters Saturday night at San Francisco International Airport.

Google Corporate Stories January 26, 2017

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Alphabet has just published Q4 2016 earnings of $26 billion, up 22% from the same quarter last year. Covering the final three months of the year, these numbers notably include the first holiday season featuring the Google-made Pixel and Home. While beating analyst expectations, the stock is down in after-hours trading.

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Google Corporate Stories January 10, 2017

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The 2017 Clicking Clean report from Greenpeace takes an annual look at the performance of internet companies in terms of energy usage, with Google coming in third-place behind leader Apple and Facebook. The company was awarded an A for its continued usage of renewable resources and for pushing governments, utilities, and other vendors it works with to do the same.

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Google Corporate Stories December 13, 2016

Google’s redesigned product page showcases the company’s entire hardware & software line

From running several services with billions of users to now designing and making hardware, Google still does a whole lot even after the Alphabet re-organization. To better showcase all that they do, Google now has a nicer looking ‘Our products‘ section of their About page.

Google Corporate Stories November 4, 2016

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Reflecting Google’s burgeoning device business, parent company Alphabet now lists hardware inventory in its latest quarterly SEC filing (via Bloomberg). With the filing providing data through the end of September, it likely reflects the ramp up for hardware announced at the October 4th event.

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Google Corporate Stories October 27, 2016

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Ahead of its conference call, Alphabet has just published its Q3 2016 earnings. The company is reporting revenue of $22.4 billion, up from $18.6 billion last year in the same quarter. Additionally, the company reports a net income of $5 billion for the June-September quarter of 2016. Based on these results, Alphabet slightly beat analyst expectations, but the stock is down in after-hours trading.

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Google Corporate Stories September 8, 2016

Google picks up API management platform Apigee for $625 million

Via a blog post earlier today, Google announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Apigee, an API management platform. The company went public last year and has worked with clients such as Walgreens, AT&T, Bechtel, Burberry, First Data, and Live Nation. Google will shell out $625 million for the company, slightly higher than Apigee’s market cap yesterday of $498 million…

Google Corporate Stories August 25, 2016

Google’s URL shortener gets a Material-inspired redesign, improved analytics reporting

Over the past few years, Google has slowly been transitioning its apps and services to a material design UI. Now Google has applied these changes to the Goo.gl URL shortener. The new and improved appearance not only looks better, but it adds some better functionality to the service as well.

Google Corporate Stories August 22, 2016

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Just a few days ago, Google revealed that it was opening a massive space in San Fransisco for startup companies to work, collaborate, and attend a number of events. Along with this effort, it appears Google has other plans for investing in startups. According to Recode, Google has quietly been investing in startup companies from former employees of the company…

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Google Corporate Stories July 28, 2016

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Ahead of its results call, Alphabet has published earnings for the second quarter of 2016. The company is reporting revenue of $21.5 billion, up from $17.7 billion last year in the same quarter, and has surpassed analyst expectations. Additionally, the company reports a net income of $5.9 billion for the second quarter of 2016. Based on these results, Alphabet stock is up over 27 percent in after-hours trading.

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Google Corporate Stories July 12, 2016

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In March, Google shared its ambitious plan for a futuristic expansion of its Mountain View headquarters. Those plans were derailed in May after LinkedIn won the bid on the valuable real estate required for development. Google and LinkedIn have now announced a “grand bargain” that will allow both to fulfill their campus ambitions.

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Google Corporate Stories July 7, 2016

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Update: GV has reached out to inform us that Miner is starting a new project — not company — inside Google.


After founding Android with Andy Rubin, Rich Miner joined and has been at Google’s venture capital arm as a general partner. Now, he is reportedly planning to return to Google proper and launch (via Fortune) an education-focused company. Clearly, the project reflects Google’s increased interest in making products for the education market…

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Google Corporate Stories February 18, 2016

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Google today announced a couple of new significant moves as it plans to refocus on development in southeast Asia. It will build its first engineering team dedicated to the area, in Singapore, and has promised to help train up to 100,000 developers in Indonesia within 4 years, in a bid to get more content out in the country, using its own national language(s).

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Google Corporate Stories February 5, 2016

Google’s Go champion-beating AI machine will have its next match livestreamed on YouTube

Towards the backend of last month, it was revealed that Google had developed an AI machine so advanced, it could beat a French Go champion at one of the most challenging games to teach a machine. DeepMind’s AlphaGo machine beat European champion Fan Hui 5-0 at Go, a game which — although simple to learn — features millions of combinations. Because of this complexity, teaching a machine to play beyond an amateur level has been challenging.

Google Corporate Stories January 29, 2016

Google reveals how much it paid to get Google.com back last year

You may remember last year a story broke stating that someone had managed to buy the Google.com domain name. Sanmay Ved had only owned it for about one minute, but he owned it nonetheless. As a result, he was rewarded generously by Google …

Google Corporate Stories December 3, 2015

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Yesterday it was revealed that a privacy group (EFF) had a filed a complaint with the FTC claiming that Google “deceptively tracks students’ internet browsing”. Specifically, the group claims that Google is breaching a Student Privacy Pledge that it signed in January. One issue with Chrome OS in particular is Chrome Sync, a feature which enables users to have the same bookmarks, logins and other data across various devices with the Chrome Browser installed. As you would expect, it didn’t take long for Google to deny claims of wrongdoing…

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Google Corporate Stories July 17, 2015

Google stock set to open at record high following strong earnings

We’re just minutes until the the market opens for the day and Google has already started on a high. Following its strong Q2 financials (announced yesterday), GOOG has shot up in after-hours trading and is up around 13% on yesterday. Last night it announced revenue of $17.7 billion — up 11% YoY — and net income of $3.93 billion.

Seems Wall Street is happy with the results from Q2 leading to a surge in trading after hours, pushing its stock price up past $650. If pre-market numbers are any indication, once the market opens for trading, GOOG should be at its highest point ever. Before now, it’s previous high was set in February last year when it reached $607.

Ruth Porat, Google’s new CFO stated:

“Our strong Q2 results reflect continued growth across the breadth of our products, most notably core search, where mobile stood out, as well as YouTube and programmatic advertising. We are focused every day on developing big new opportunities across a wide range of businesses. We will do so with great care regarding resource allocation.”

With Google’s steady rise on the stock market, it’s hard to see the company failing any time soon. Let’s hope there are many more strong quarters in store.

Google Corporate Stories July 2, 2014

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Dan Makoski, Google’s head of design for its Advanced Technology & Projects division is leaving the company and taking a design related position at Capital One. Yep, the bank that has star-studded credit card ads powered by celebrities like Alec Baldwin and Samuel L. Jackson. So why leave a bleeding edge tech company like Google for life at a financial institution? Makoski recently drafted a list on his blog explaining his decision.

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Google Corporate Stories June 14, 2013

We’ve seen several reports of Google wanting to bring Internet access to emerging-countries, and the company has now announced a project that will greatly help it accomplish that goal. In a post on the official Google blog,  Mike Cassidy announced the next “moonshot” from Google’s mysterious X lab, balloon-powered Internet access.

Google believes that it might be possible to build a ring of balloons that travel around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet service to the earth below. The company does warn us that this idea is still in the very early days of development, but says that it has built a system that uses balloons carried by winds at altitudes as high as planes and beams Internet at speeds as fast or faster than current 3G networks.  expand full story

Google Corporate Stories October 27, 2011

Motorola Mobility has announced their Q3 earnings this afternoon, reporting $3.3 billion in revenue up 11% from Q3 of 2010 and a net loss of $32 million, which is better than Q3 of 2010’s $56 million net loss. Motorola Mobility also announced that they sold 100,000 Xoom tablets and shipped 4.8 million smartphones in Q3.

In the press release, seen after the break, Motorola Mobility shed some more light on their on-going acquisition by Google. November 17th the company will hold a meeting with shareholders to gain approval, and also has current pending approvals from the US Department of Justice, European agencies, and other governments around the world. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2012.

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