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Google is going all-in to win the AI arms race

May 11, 2023
The company's announcement of new AI product offerings this week adds new fuel to the fire.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai delivers the keynote address at the Google I/O developers conference on May 10, 2023 in Mountain View, California.
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A Supreme Court case involving Google raises questions about how tech manages content

Feb 21, 2023
The case centers on Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields tech platforms from legal liability over third-party content.
People wait outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday to listen to oral arguments in Gonzalez v. Google, a case that could force YouTube to invest more in content moderation.
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Why do companies flush with cash still carry debt?

Jan 13, 2023
Google, for instance, has more than $116 billion in the bank, but isn’t rushing to pay off its borrowings.
Unlike many of us, Google isn't prioritizing paying off its debt — but there are some good reasons for that.
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Can AI chatbots like ChatGPT compete with Google search?

Jan 5, 2023
AI-powered chatbots like ChatGPT could threaten Google's bread and butter.
Google currently has more than 90% of the search engine market.
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As our online behavior changes, companies spend less ad money on Google and Meta

Jan 4, 2023
Part of the reason: Social media platforms like TikTok are changing the way we shop online.
While Google is still a big part of the ad business, people are turning to sites like Amazon "as a product search engine instead," said Sucharita Kodali, a retail analyst at Forrester.
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Can the EU break Google and Apple's app store dominance?

Dec 20, 2022
The European Union's Digital Markets Act could have implications beyond Europe's borders — even in the U.S., where similar bills didn't make it through Congress.
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What's behind the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit against Google?

At issue are the platform's dominance over other search engines and the contracts that help it maintain that dominance, attorney Charlotte Slaiman says.
“There’s a variety of exclusive agreements for Google to be the default search engine, and that has foreclosed competitors from offering their products instead,” says attorney Charlotte Slaiman.
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Ad spending slowdown hits tech and social media firms, but not equally

Jul 27, 2022
While ad revenue growth is slowing down, experts don't see a decline coming.
Google is expected to comprise 30% of total worldwide digital ad revenues this year, one analyst said. Meanwhile, Snapchat and Twitter are each expected to make up under 1%.
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Traders are looking to the earnings reports of tech giants, like Apple and Amazon, to see how consumers are feeling and spending.
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What's a stock split, anyway?

Feb 11, 2022
Google’s parent company, Alphabet, plans a 20-1 stock split. Similar moves have become rare, and some experts question their usefulness.
“There’s a variety of exclusive agreements for Google to be the default search engine, and that has foreclosed competitors from offering their products instead,” says attorney Charlotte Slaiman.
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