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Balloons floating 12 miles over northern Mozambique are planned to provide the remote and violence-prone region with stable Internet connections, according to Google’s parent company, Alphabet, and local mobile telecoms provider Vodacom.
A unit of Google-parent Alphabet devoted to delivering wireless Internet from high-flying balloons has teamed with US telecom giant AT&T to provide service to places hit by disasters.
Kenya has approved a project by Alphabet Inc’s unit Loon and Telkom Kenya to begin broadcasting high-speed Internet from huge balloons hovering over the country’s airspace.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai will replace Larry Page as CEO of parent Alphabet Inc, extending a long retreat from public roles and active management by Page and Sergey Brin at the company they co-founded 21 years ago.
A Google-affiliated company has chosen Kenya as the home of its first announced commercial deal for delivering Internet access to hard-to-reach areas using high-altitude balloons.
Google parent Alphabet Inc's X research division said its Wing and Loon projects will become independent companies.
With catastrophes coming right and left – some acts of Mother Nature (and Father Global Warming), others triggered by gunmen and dictators – we have to ask hard questions. Are tech giants obligated to give their products upgrades that enhance the well-being of users in an emergency?
The US Federal Communications Commission said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet Inc's application to provide emergency cellular service to Puerto Rico through balloons.
A century ago, a popular song sheet wondered, "How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Paree?" Would America's doughboys resolve themselves to the so-slow rhythms of rural life after they'd tasted cosmopolitan Europe?
Google Inc is scaling up investment in Africa by laying fibre optic cable, easing access to cheaper Android phones and training a workforce in digital skills as the US technology giant seeks to expand on the continent.