SAN FRANCISCO — It’s the end of an era: Larry Page is stepping down as head of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, and Sundar Pichai will take over as CEO of both, the internet giant said in a surprise announcement Tuesday.
Google co-founders Page and Sergey Brin will continue as co-founders, shareholders and members of Alphabet’s board of directors, the company said.
The news comes as Google has been rocked by criticism from Washington lawmakers and President Trump, internal scandals and unrest within its own ranks.
Google is reportedly partnering with the second-largest health care system in the U.S. in an effort to collect health data on millions of Americans, according to people familiar with the matter.
The partnership with Ascension to collect health data including lab results and patient birthdates is part of a secret project by the tech giant that was launched in 2018 called “Project Nightingale,” The Wall Street Journal reported Monday citing those familiar with the project and internal documents.
In a new scientific paper, Google researchers claim for the first time to have demonstrated “quantum supremacy,” where a quantum computer outperforms a traditional one.
“While our processor takes about 200 seconds to sample one instance of the quantum circuit 1 million times, a state-of-the-art supercomputer would require approximately 10,000 years to perform the equivalent task,” the researchers said.
Google’s quantum computer, dubbed “Sycamore,” contained 53-qubits, or “quantum bits,” a measure of the machine’s potential power. The team scaled back from a 72-qubit device, dubbed “Bristlecone,” it had previously designed.
The researchers estimate that performing the same experiment on a Google Cloud server would take 50 trillion hours—too long to be feasible. On the quantum processor, it took only 30 seconds, they said.
A search for directions to The Pentagon using Google Maps leads to a conspiracy-theory-style Facebook event titled, “Storm The Pentagon To See If 9/11 Was An Inside Job.”
The Facebook event, scheduled to take place on Wednesday and Thursday during the 18th anniversary of 9/11, has been taken off the social media site, but Google Maps is still advertising the event below a search for The Pentagon.
Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc, and its YouTube video service will pay US$170 million to settle allegations that it broke federal law by collecting personal information about children, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday.
YouTube had been accused of tracking viewers of children’s channels using cookies without parental consent and using those cookies to deliver million of dollars in targeted advertisements to those viewers. Google declined comment when this settlement leaked last week.