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Alphabet X spin-off Dandelion sucks energy from your yard

Alphabet X spin-off Dandelion sucks energy from your yard

This week the company known as Dandelion spun off from Alphabet's X group. For those readers not familiar with Alphabet, it's essentially Google's overarching catch-all company (which also catches Google). Dandelion was once part of Alphabet as a startup company - now they're on their own with a cool $2-million in seed round investment to "kick-off its sales and operations."

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Why Alphabet keeps betting on Other Bets

Why Alphabet keeps betting on Other Bets

Alphabet's Q1 2017 earnings report showed that their "Other Bets" category was doing better than this same time last year in revenue. The same chart also showed that Other Bets was doing worse than this time last year - in operating loss. It might seem on the surface like a losing strategy to push more money into parts of the company that could be considered "bets". But Alphabet isn't the sort of company that drops and runs at the first sign of failure.

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Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet

Project Loon now needs less balloons to deliver the Internet

Google, or rather its Alphabet parent, has given up on its plans to get drones to deliver Internet connections to remote places. That means that Project Loon, which now falls unde Alphabet's X subsidiary, will bear the brunt of the responsibilities and expectations. Good thing, then, that the folks behind Loon have stumbled upon a method that allows these Internet-bearing balloons to linger over an area for longer periods of time.

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Google X embraces robotics, Titan drone in Alphabet reorg

Google X embraces robotics, Titan drone in Alphabet reorg

Four months after Google announced its new Alphabet parent, we're still seeing former Google projects and divisions trying to find their proper place in the new, grander scheme of things. And for those that can't, there's always Google X. The seed bed of many experimental and moonshot projects, Google X has formally become an Alphabet subsidiary in October and is now welcoming into its fold two equally amorphous Google experiments, the still unrealized dream of robotics and Google's foray into the skies with drones, both Titan and Wing.

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Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google’s self-driving car could spin out to challenge Uber in 2016

Google's self-driving car division will become a standalone Alphabet company in 2016, insiders claim, ahead of a commercial autonomous vehicle service launch. Currently, the team - which includes high-profile hires from both the automotive and the computer sciences industries - is part of the clandestine Google X lab, the company's research and development division previously responsible for Glass and other projects.

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Google hires Tesla/SpaceX veteran Robert Rose

Google hires Tesla/SpaceX veteran Robert Rose

Google hires Robert Rose, a veteran of HP, Tesla, and SpaceX, just after the engineer left Tesla - just after Tesla's Autopilot program was released to the public. Word is that Rose left Tesla just shortly after this October's release of Autopilot for Tesla vehicles, and joined Google several weeks later. At this time it is not clear exactly what Google will be doing with Rose or what his role is within the company.

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Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

Seriously, Google wants to put remotes on your eyes and teeth

A patent revealed this week suggests that not only is Google still working on smart contact lenses, they've got all kinds of body-mountable devices on the books. While we've not heard from Google about this Google X project since March - and even then just inside another patent - it's clear that there's work being done behind the scenes. This particular patent doesn't concentrate so much on the health-monitoring aspects of the lens, instead focusing on the user interface. Instead of working on your glucose, these devices will change the channel on your television.

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Google’s Brin makes passion-plea for moonshots

Google’s Brin makes passion-plea for moonshots

Last week Google tried to convince developers it was still the happening platform; now, it's time for co-founder Sergey Brin to convince investors. In a letter to shareholders issued today, Brin sets out Google's stall for continued investment in research & development, trying to make a case for the "moonshot" projects that - while not as instantly rewarding as more traditional tech like Gmail or search - are still essential in his opinion.

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Google X explains why its important to fail fast

Google X explains why its important to fail fast

Google's Dr. Astro Teller speaks on Google[x], what he calls Google's "moonshot factory" for the future of "audaciously impactful ideas," where if things fail, they need to fail quick. This team of Googlers is separate from Google's ATAP, a group that's far closer to "near term" than Google[x] with project like touch-sensitive clothing with Levi's. Google[x], on the other hand, is creating things like Project Wing and Google Glass. Projects that keep the name "Project" attached to them because they might not be the right solution in the end. They might just - gasp - fail!

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Google Exec Dan Fredinburg dies while climbing Everest during Nepal Earthquake

Google Exec Dan Fredinburg dies while climbing Everest during Nepal Earthquake

As the world mourns for the tragedy that fell upon Nepal on Saturday in the form of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, Google has revealed that it lost one of their own. Dan Fredinburg, a longtime employee and executive in charge of privacy for the Google X division, sadly died while climbing Mount Everest in an avalanche that was triggered by the quake. In what is said to be the worst quake to hit Nepal in the past 80 years, leaving infrastructure severely damaged over 2,000 were killed in the region along with 18 other Everest climbers.

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Google is working on solid-state batteries that last longer than typical batteries

Google is working on solid-state batteries that last longer than typical batteries

With every new release of mobile or portable devices, battery life has been one of the most deciding factors for many consumers to adopt a device. While battery technology has been improving and devices operate more efficiently, there isn’t anything revolutionary that would give our phones or laptop two or three days of battery life. Google X Research Labs is said to be working on several new battery technologies - one of them is a solid-state battery in the form of thin-film.

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Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Google awarded patent for their smart contact lens

Remember the Google X skunkworks project that saw the company imagining contact lenses that could monitor your glucose levels? Sounded weird, and more like some means to an end for a bigger project. Then we found Google had a partner in Novartis, and the contact lens that could monitor your health seemed a bit closer to reality. It’s now even closer to being on your eye, as Google has been granted a patent to manufacture the lenses, which have multiple layers and their own chipset.

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