Makani, the Alphabet company working to harness wind energy through airborne kites, is shutting down, according to a Financial Times report on Tuesday. The news marks the third Alphabet company not named Google to go away in the past year. Last June, the cybersecurity company Chronicle announced it would join Google’s cloud division and just last week, The Information reported that Jigsaw—a...
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When Andy Wilson’s company received its first successful client referral through ChatGPT, he was shaken to his core. The founder and CEO of Logikcull, a San Francisco–based legal technology company, Wilson “had the exact same reaction to ChatGPT as I had to the internet browser in the early ’90s,” he said. “But this time I knew it would be even bigger than...
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