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Alphabet Could Be Considering Making A Bid For Fitbit
The wearable tech industry is a pretty crowded one and Fitbit has been an established player for quite a while now. However, it seems that maybe the company wasn’t doing as well as they would like because back in September, we have heard rumors that Fitbit could actually be looking to sell itself.

Alphabet’s Loon Internet Balloons Were Deployed Following Peruvian Earthquake
During a disaster, one of the more important things that needs to be restored quickly is communications. This is to provide status updates, direct emergency personnel on where they need to go, and so on. However, in more remote parts of the world, this could be an issue due to the lack of an underlying infrastructure.

Alphabet’s AI-Powered Chrome Extension Will Hide Toxic Comments
Social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Reddit face toxic comments everyday, and unfortunately it is rather difficult to try and put a stop to. If you’re the type of person who’d rather not have your day sullied by toxic comments, then perhaps Tune might be a Chrome extension worth checking out.

Alphabet Exploring Smart Shoes That Can Detect Falls
The Apple Watch Series 4 has a built-in feature that can detect when the user has fallen and call for help if they do not respond. So far the Apple Watch is one of the few, if not the only, smartwatch that offers that feature. However it seems that Google’s parent company Alphabet might be exploring similar tech, except in shoes.

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Alphabet's Balloons Will Deliver Internet In Rural Kenya
Google’s parent company Alphabet’s Project Loon technology aims to deliver internet connectivity in areas where there is none. The system involves the use of balloons to beam down high-speed internet access to connect more people to the internet. Kenya’s ICT minister has confirmed that the country will be using Alphabet’s Project Loon to connect more of its rural population to the internet.

Alphabet’s Verily Working On Noninvasive Methods Of Blood Collection
Given that our blood is inside of our bodies, the only way to extract it would be to draw it out, such as with a needle. Not surprisingly there are many who aren’t particularly comfortable having their blood drawn, but some need to do that on a daily basis for health check, such as for diabetes.

Alphabet X Looking To Use AI In Food Production
As the population of the world grows, so does our consumption of food. This means that some farming or food production techniques that were used before might no longer be viable or as efficient, at least not efficient enough to meet today’s demand. However it looks like Google’s parent company Alphabet is looking into that problem.

Google's Parent Company Gets In The Cybersecurity Business
Alphabet – the parent company of Google – is now in the business of cybersecurity. It has launched an independent entity called Chronicle under the Alphabet umbrella that’s going to help companies, track, find, and stop cyberattacks. Chronicle is divided into two branches. One develops the cybersecurity and analytics platform that will help companies better manage and understand their security-related data and the other is VirusTotal. It’s a malware intelligence […]

Alphabet's Eric Schmidt Steps Down As Executive Chairman
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has confirmed that Eric Schmidt is stepping down as the company’s executive chairman. He will relinquish his role as of the next regular board meeting that’s due next month. He’s going to be transitioning into his new role of “technical advisor.” He will serve the company as a technical advisor while continuing to serve on its board.

Google Might Merge Nest With Its Hardware Team
Smart home device company Nest was acquired by Google several years ago. The company remained under its control until the Alphabet parent company was formed which now controls various different properties like Google itself and also Nest. According to a new report, Google is now thinking about merging Nest with its hardware design team. Nest currently exists as a separate entity.

T-Mobile Restores Connectivity In Puerto Rico With Project Loon
The FCC gave its approval to Alphabet’s Project Loon to deploy its LTE balloons in Puerto Rico. Google’s parent company then teamed up with AT&T to restore connectivity on the hurricane-ravaged island. T-Mobile is now joining forces with Project Loon in order to bring widespread connectivity back to Puerto Rico after the devastation is suffered at the hands of Hurricane Maria last month.

Alphabet Reportedly Considering $1 Billion Investment In Lyft
In a report from Bloomberg, it seems that Google’s parent company could be considering making an investment to the tune of $1 billion in ride-hailing service Lyft. Both companies are said to have been in talks with each other, with the investment possibly coming from either Google or CapitalG, Alphabet’s private-equity arm.

Boston Dynamics Robot Company Sold By Alphabet To SoftBank
Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has announced its decision to sell Boston Dynamics robot company to Japanese tech conglomerate SoftBank. It was first reported over a year ago that Alphabet was looking to find a buyer for Boston Dynamics as it was divesting its investment in the company. It has found a buyer in Japan’s SoftBank. Alphabet will also be handing over the three big robots that Boston Dynamics […]

Alphabet’s Solar-Powered Drone Project Is No More
You might recall that several years ago, Google (before they were known as Alphabet) had plans for a solar-powered drone. This was following their acquisition of drone company Titan in which Google then integrated the team into its Google X division, a part of the company that dabbled in all kinds of interesting projects such as their self-driving cars and Google Glass.