Browsing: Alphabet

The best tech businesses aren’t really tech

Technology companies are a lot like contemporary art. Their valuations reflect narratives more than anything else, and it’s just as important to devise the right framework to describe a phenomenon as it is to build a beautiful product. Two New

Google now more than just an ad business

Google has spent years telling Wall Street its investments in non-advertising businesses will eventually pay off. Thursday’s results suggest that’s beginning to happen. Google parent Alphabet reported second

Google under renewed antitrust attack

Google faced a new antitrust attack from European Union regulators who allege the search engine skews results in its own favour and unfairly restricts rival online advertising platforms. The European Commission

US dominates with world’s largest firms

Although the rise of China as an economic power has been substantial, it is sometimes worthwhile to be reminded of just how the US still dominates the world economy. While China may be catching up in GDP terms, it is still a long way behind

David Glance
Google’s other bets on a losing streak

In the reorganisation of Google into Alphabet, a group of companies that represented the “moon shot” or “other bets” were cemented as separate entities that would have to either fail or succeed on their own merits. Recent reports of at

David Glance
Alphabet’s Nest struggles to make it work

The world is growing increasingly sceptical of the stuttering revolution of the Internet of things. The latest round of doubt has been ignited by Alphabet’s Nest’s decision to shut down any further support for its recently purchased Revolv smart home hub. The hub

James Francis
New name, old Google problems

Companies changing names is not usually worthy of front-page headlines. But when Google does it, the entire world sits up and takes notice. Of course, it didn’t really change its name. It simply added a new story to its skyscraper, only this one is at the ground

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TalkCentral: Ep 131 – ‘ABCs’

In the latest episode of South Africa’s weekly technology podcast, your hosts Duncan McLeod and Regardt van der Berg chat about Google’s big restructuring and the creation of Alphabet. Also this week, they discuss the Forbes list of the

Google’s overhaul is about staying nimble

In the corporate world you learn quickly that if small companies want to collaborate, it tends to happen, while efforts to collaborate with large companies may involve many meetings and involve many people with no guarantee anything will come of it. Small

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