Tech Giants Plot to Stop Trump

The CEOs of Apple, Tesla Motors, and Alphabet joined a group of tech industry leaders and politicians at a secretive event where the key agenda was to stop Donald Trump from becoming the Republican Presidential candidate.

Tim Cook, Elon Musk, and Larry Page rubbed shoulders with the likes of Napster founder and Facebook investor Sean Parker, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), political guru Karl Rove, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Republican Senators Tom Cotton (Ark.), Cory Gardner (Colo.), Tim Scott (S.C.), Rob Portman (Ohio), and Ben Sasse (Neb.) at the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, which was held on a private island of the coast of the US state of Georgia, according to the Huffington Post.

“A specter was haunting the World Forum–the specter of Donald Trump,” wrote Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, in an emailed report from the conference. “There was much unhappiness about his emergence, a good deal of talk, some of it insightful and thoughtful, about why he’s done so well, and many expressions of hope that he would be defeated.”

“The key task now, to once again paraphrase Karl Marx, is less to understand Trump than to stop him,” Kristol added. “In general, there’s a little too much hand-wringing, brow-furrowing, and fatalism out there and not quite enough resolving to save the party from nominating or the country electing someone who simply shouldn’t be president.”

According to a presentation at the event by Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, Trump’s weakness is the perception of him by the general public that he does not appear “presidential”, is not a strong role model for children, and should not be trusted with his “finger on the nuclear button”.

Image courtesy of Vanity Fair.

Twitter Names Google Veteran Omid Kordestani as Chairman

Omid Kordestani, who was once deemed Google’s “Business Founder” by Co-Founder Larry Page is now set for a new journey as Twitter’s new Executive Chairman, in hopes that he will be able to work his magic and reverse twitters slow growth.

Kordestani, thought to have a net worth of 500 million dollars, the former Chief Business Officer at Google will have a significant hands-on operational role at Twitter. Kordestani joined Google in May 1999, leading the business development model as senior vice president until April 16th 2009. On July 18th 2014, Kordestani came back to Google to fill the vacancy of Chief Business Officer at Google. It is possible that if it wasn’t for Kordestaini savvy business approach, Google may not be in the position it is today.

Omid Kordestani recently tweeted the following:

“Excited to work with @Jack, the Twitter Board, @adambain, @anthonynato and the rest of the team to grow @twitter’s impact and business.”

I personally find it rather amusing that before today (14th of October 2015)  Kordestani had tweeted only eight times since his first post in 2012. However, it is interesting to see shortly after Kordestani’s new position was announced Twitter’s shares were up 1 percent to $29.36.

Do you think Kordestani is going to have a signficant impact on Twitter and are you looking forward to a fresh change? Also do you even use Twitter? Let us know in the comments below.

Thank you  Bloomberg for providing us with this information.

Google’s Namechange to Alphabet Might Fail

It looks a lot like Google didn’t do their research properly on their name change before announcing it a few days ago and now it might fail altogether. As it turns out, someone already trademarked the very normal word Alphabet and that company is the German car manufacturer BMW.

BMW has been using the Alphabet name for quite some time on their in-house leasing service as well as other places and it has been trademarked the entire time, so a spokesperson for BMW told Reuters. Google hasn’t contacted BMW to acquire that name either and BMW also assures that they don’t have any interest to sell the name to the electronic search giant. BMW’s Alphabet site is currently offline based on traffic generated by Google’s news on the new name.

Google can now either take the whole issue to court and fight for the right to use the name, but that will most likely be a pointless endeavor. Two companies using the same name isn’t a problem unless they operate in the same field, and Google operates a car business, just as BMW does. What the outcome will be is something that only time can tell us, but I’m sure that these aren’t easy days for Larry Page and his team at Google HQ.

Thank You Reuters for providing us with this information

Google Announces ‘Alphabet’ Restructuring Programme and new CEO

Larry Page, co-founder of Google, has unveiled a number of dramatic changes to Google’s management in a blog post today. The statement announces his departure as Google’s CEO and the formation of a huge holding company entitled ‘Alphabet’. Page will spearhead this new company alongside Sergey Brin and manage a wide range of outfits. Their new role within Google is to oversee the initial-stage investments, dubbed Capital and Ventures. Each department will have a planned style of leadership and individual CEO. This should create better results through a more focused and specific business strategy.

Sundar Pichai has been promoted and is now the new CEO of Google. His main responsibility lies in Google search, AdSense, Maps, YouTube, Android and the Google Play Store. Larry Page spoke rather fondly of Sundar Pichai and said,

“It is clear to us and our board that it is time for Sundar to be CEO of Google,”

 “I feel very fortunate to have someone as talented as he is to run the slightly slimmed down Google and this frees up time for me to continue to scale our aspirations.”

Google has also undergone a financial transformation and its shares will now contribute to the total number in the Alphabet holding company. Page explained the reasoning behind this and why Google is changing its organizational structure:

“We’ve long believed that over time companies tend to get comfortable doing the same thing, just making incremental changes,”

“But in the technology industry, where revolutionary ideas drive the next big growth areas, you need to be a bit uncomfortable to stay relevant.”

This is a fairly surprising revelation and a massive restructuring process. Although, Page and Brin have expressed interest in technologies which are still in a theoretical stage. They now feel comfortable enough to offset Google’s main management to another division and work on inventions that could be mainstream in 5-10 years time.

Image courtesy of Business Insider.

Google Implements New “Hummingbird” Search Algorithm

On Google’s 15th anniversary, they introduced a new search algorithm to its giant search engine. According to Google, this change to the core algorithm is its biggest since the launch of Caffeine in 2010. Google senior vice president, Amit Singhal, stated that while page ranking and indexing must work together in a search engine, Caffeine was focused more on the ranking side. Hummingbird is more about indexing. “Hummingbird gave us an opportunity after years of building to rethink how we use the power of these things,” Singhal stated.

Any changes to Google’s search rankings can have big ramifications due to their steer of a lot of the Internet’s traffic. Google hosts 2 out of 3 search requests in the U.S. and handles even more volume in parts of Europe. The change would also impact the price of Google ads, driving the prices up to demoted websites looking for marketing messages which can boost their ratings.

Google revealed the new search algorithm on Thursday at an event held in Menlo Park, California, where CEO Larry Page and co-founder Sergey Brin started the company 15 years ago.

Thank you Huffingtonpost for providing us with this information.

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Google’s “20% Time” That Brought Gmail and Adsense Is Effectively Dead

According to a report by Quartz Google’s 20% time policy is effectively dead under current CEO Larry Page. 20% time was a policy that allowed Google employs to spend one day of the five day working week working on their own innovative side projects, now it is reported that this policy is effectively gone.

Apparently Google started clamping down by requiring manager approval of these 20% time side projects. Now upper management has started to enforce stricter productivity requirements on these managers forcing them to make Google employees “work at 100%”. Google employees responded to speculation that 20% time is gone by saying it isn’t but they now jokingly refer to it as 120% time because they have to meet their 100% work targets before being able to work on their 20% side projects. Additionally an employee commented that you actually need 40% time because after you’ve spent 20% time working on a side project you need another 20% time to sell it to your superiors and make it happen.

“Google’s [performance] management is basically an elaborate game where using 20% time is a losing move. In my time there, this has become markedly more the case. I have done many engineering/coding 20% projects and other non-engineering projects, with probably 20-40% producing “real” results (which over 7 years I think has been more than worth it for the company). But these projects are generally not rewarded. Part of the problem is that you actually need 40% time now at Google — 20% to do stuff, then 20% to tell everyone what you did (sell it)…Calling 20% time 120% time is fair. […] What 20% time really means is that you- as a Google eng- have access to, and can use, Google’s compute infrastructure to experiment and build new systems. The infrastructure, and the associated software tools, can be leveraged in 20% time to make an eng far more productive than they normally would be. Certainly I, and many other Googlers, are simply super-motivated and willing to use our free time to work on projects that use our infrstructure [sic] because we’re intrinsically interested in using these things to make new products.”

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