Tuesday, 28 June, 2022
TopicAlphabet Inc

Topic: Alphabet Inc

Google to allow android apps like Spotify to bill users directly

If a user chooses to pay Spotify directly instead of using Google’s billing system, Spotify won’t have to give Google its entire 15% fee, thus lowering app charges.

Australia says ‘inevitable’ that Google, others will have to pay media companies for news

Australia’s Treasurer Josh Frydenberg made the remark in response to the internet giant’s threat to disable its search engine in the country if it’s forced to pay local publishers for news.

Alphabet technology that measures brain waves could help us monitor mental health and depression

Google parent company Alphabet is working on a mental health experiment & prototype device designed to monitor symptoms of depression more accurately over time.

Google is looking for an app store fix after Fortnite game row over high fees

Epic Games recently pulled its popular Fortnite game from Google, Apple app stores to protest against 'high fees'. Google now updating software to make it easier for consumers to use other app stores.

Google parent company Alphabet saw its ad revenue fall for first time ever after Covid hit

Ad sales, which make up the bulk of sales at the Google parent, were $29.9 billion in the second quarter, down 8.1% from the same period last year.

Alphabet Inc, which owns Google, joins Apple & Microsoft in elite $1 Trillion club

Apart from these 3 and Amazon, the rest of the US market is billions of dollars away from trillion-dollar valuations, showing that tech & internet stocks are the biggest titans of Wall Street.

Google founders got a $2 billion retirement gift for naming Sundar Pichai as Alphabet CEO

The founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, each own about 6% of the internet giant and still control Alphabet through special voting shares.

Sundar Pichai finally has a title fitting his role

Sundar Pichai, the new CEO of Alphabet, has essentially been running the company for several years now.

Sundar Pichai is Google’s answer for now, but raises new questions for Alphabet

It remains to be seen whether Sundar Pichai, as Alphabet CEO, can deal with the social and economic politics as well as the company's current broken structure.

Google boss Sundar Pichai to also become CEO of parent firm Alphabet

Sundar Pichai will now also lead Alphabet’s array of expensive, futuristic endeavours, such as autonomous cars and new health-care technology.

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Free power & no new taxes in AAP govt’s Punjab Budget, but fiscal consolidation roadmap missing

Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema emphasised improving ‘fiscal health’ and augmenting tax revenues in AAP govt's maiden Budget Monday, but outstanding debt expected to rise by 8.4%.

Defence

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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.
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