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Google co-founders step down as execs of parent Alphabet

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Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down from their roles within the parent company, Alphabet.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai will stay in his role and also become CEO of Alphabet.

Page, who had been serving as CEO of Alphabet, and Brin, who had been president of Alphabet, will remain on the board of the company.

Pichai has been leading Google for more than four years. Brin and Page have been noticeably absent from company events in recent months.

Brin and Page announced the news in a Google blog post Tuesday, saying the company has "evolved and matured" in the two decades since its founding.

"Today, in 2019, if the company was a person, it would be a young adult of 21 and it would be time to leave the roost," they said.

Page and Brin started the search giant in 1998 in Silicon Valley.

Both founders promised they plan to stay actively involved as board members and shareholders, and lauded Pichai for his leadership of the company.

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Interesting, wonder if there's stuff going behind the scenes.

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"Madden",

probably made more than enough money during those roughly 20 years.

Now it's time for them to enjoy whatever there is to enjoy in life.

Must be nice!!

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They retain 51% of BoD voting control, so overriding any decisions is still in their capability.

Google employees are being convinced to unionize. No management wants that hassle. It will spread to all Alphabet groups.

This isn't really any change. Google will still stop support on fully working devices years before they break. Just ask anyone using any google-home devices, smartphones, or chromebooks.

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Back in the early days we welcomed Google for its plain intrusive interface, and we were naive. Now-a-days we know Google, just like others similar to it, are data grabbing, and reselling.

Nowadays,

https://duckduckgo.com/

Is currently the favored search engine for the careful masses...

I wonder how long before it too turns to the Dark side ?

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That should have been "plain un-intrusive...."

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Just turn off Google history and location tracking.

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@zichi - sure if... you believe that really helps these days, other than being simply cosmetic make-believe....

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All the Ways Google Tracks You—And How to Stop It

https://www.wired.com/story/google-tracks-you-privacy/

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Is there a proven independent verification that all these configuration options are adhered to ?

I am dubious. And, I have actually experienced a case where although all my communication settings were set to off, I still received a marketing blurb (after a year or so later... so no, wasn't a timing issue).

The old age addage - "There's no such thing as a Free Lunch" springs to mind, and I think we need to bare that in mind with all things Tech.. Tech is still the Wild-wild-West of today's daily Life, Laws and Regulations are slowly catching up, but... enforcement, and the dynamic change of Tech's nature are the challenges.

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Your credit cards, ATM activities, your mobile phone, My Number, your place of employment, your place of residence, your resident card, payment of your bills, orders from Amazon, some of the many ways of tracking you.

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Before going public they already had 150 lawyers on retainer. Good idea, legal representation before committing a crime. Overall they're hideous. Protect oneself from bad companies.

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Retiring in their 40s

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