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Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt Steps Down; What will happen to Google?

Google’s parent company, Alphabet has announced this week that Eric Schmidt, the search giant’s former CEO will be stepping down from his position as the Alphabet’s executive chairman. The former Google CEO will still part of the Alphabet’s executive board.

Schmidt will also serve the Alphabet in his capacity now as a technical advisor. Alphabet’s announcement has earned mixed reactions from across the globe. It can be recalled that he once served at Google back in 2001.

Eric Schmidt as Alphabet’s new technical advisor?

During his stint in Google, Schmidt took various senior roles in the tech company. Both Larry Page and Sergey Brin brought him to Google as the company’s chief executive.

“Since 2001, Eric has provided us with business and engineering expertise and a clear vision about the future of technology,” Larry Page, CEO of Alphabet, said in a press statement.

“Continuing his 17 years of service to the company, he’ll now be helping us as a technical advisor on science and technology issues. I’m incredibly excited about the progress our companies are making, and about the strong leaders who are driving that innovation,” Page added.

But for Schmidt, his plan to step down is right in the context of Alphabet’s “evolution for this transition.”

“Larry, Sergey, Sundar and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet’s evolution for this transition. The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving,” Schmidt commented, citing the same press statement.

“In recent years, I’ve been spending a lot of my time on science and technology issues, and philanthropy and I plan to expand that work,” he added.

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September 1998. To date, Google employs more than 70, 000 global employees. The company developed technological platforms like Maps, Ads, Gmail, Chrome, YouTube, Android, among others.

Google News: Google Is Waging War Against Fake News

Search engine giant Google has taken a new level to fight fake news in Google News. The proliferation of fake news across the web has caused public uproar. In fact, fake news has caused people to mislead people from reading the rubbish information.

To fight the spread of fake news, Google is now taking a new measure. The Alphabet-owned company is planning to block websites that masked their country of origin. These fake websites are showing up on Google News.

Hence, the tech giant has updated their guidelines to fight the proliferation of fake news. With Google’s updated policy, web or content creators must obediently follow the content guidelines on Google News.

What’s with Google’s new policy?

Among other things that content creators must abide is that websites must be transparent. This means that websites included in Google News must not misrepresent, misstate or conceal information. This includes the primary purpose, ownership, or any activities of the websites that may mislead users.

Also, Google’s new updated policy include websites that masked their country of origin or are directed at users from another country under the false platform.

Tech analyst claims that Google’s updated policy is expected to create a small impact. They particularly lauded the move of Google to target websites that mask their country of origin.

By doing so, Google is slowly fighting the proliferation of fake news. This is not the first time that a tech company has been dragged in the fake news issue. Social media site like Facebook was dragged on the issue, saying it amplifies the spread of fake news.

The issue of fake news surfaced during this year’s campaign election. The public is blaming the spread of fake news that helped catapulted Trump into power. For some, Google’s move is not surprising since the company’s search engine works as the primary source of news on the internet.

App Store Update: Apple Now Lets You Preorder Apps?

Cupertino-based Apple Inc. has recently launched a new feature for its App Store. The innovative feature allows Apple users to the pre-order app. Once Apple users have pre-ordered apps, these apps will be downloaded automatically on their devices.

How does Apple’s pre-order feature works?

 

The apps will download on users’ device once they were officially uploaded to Apple’s App Store. Apple’s pre-order app feature works by giving the developers 90 days to upload their apps in advance before its release date, a report from The Verge said.

The innovative feature allows Apple users to select and pre-order an app in advance. The selected apps will then be downloaded once available in the App Store. The pre-order app feature is also available in other Apple App Store iterations—iOs, macOS, and tvOS, respectively.

In addition to the advance uploading of app, Apple also gives developers the chance to offer their apps either for free or paid pre-orders. Regarding app price, Apple pointed out that if there’s a change in app prices during the period it was pre-ordered, a lower price will be charged to the Apple customers.

This means that Apple customers will pay only the pre-ordered price or the price at launch. The Cupertino-based company also said that Apple customers would not be charged until such time they can download the app.

 

Who did it first? Apple or Google?

 

Surely, Apple’s pre-order app scheme is a smart move to entice more subscribers to buy apps in App Store. But Apple is not the first tech company to offer such feature to its million of subscribers across the globe.

Tech giant and Alphabet-owned Google has a similar feature offered to its customers. Google has employed such scheme a couple of years now, ahead of its rival Apple.

However, Google’s pre-order app feature works only by notifying the customers if the app is already available for download.