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Alphabet has invested more than $750 million figuring out why humans get sick and how to deliver treatments better and cheaper. But the company’s biggest influence on health care may come through the Googlers who no longer work there.
LAS VEGAS—Chinese web search giant Baidu was a pioneer in developing fully self-driving cars, just as Google was in the U.S. And Baidu’s top self-driving car executive, Jing Wang, has firm views about the technology—including that Google is at a disadvantage.
Google is expanding its “Android One” program for low-cost smartphones to the U.S in coming months, promising phone makers major new promotional dollars if they play by its rules, say three people briefed on the plan.
Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s cloud business face tough new restrictions on their business in China, drastically limiting their roles in their Chinese operations, as a result of proposed new Chinese government rules, lawyers and service providers say.
Alphabet is seen as the tech industry’s top destination for artificial intelligence engineers and scientists. But Alphabet also has been more aggressive in acquiring AI startups than other tech firms. Its Google unit bought nine between January 2014 and the end of November 2016, nearly twice as ...
In January, I wrote about how 2016 had been declared the year of bots by many. At year’s end, the bots narrative has been very loud but mostly disappointing. Most of the major technology companies announced big initiatives. But the platforms, enabling technologies and new products have largely ...