White House, Google partner to bring Google Fiber to public housing for free

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On Monday, Alphabet’s Q4 2015 results showed that Other Bets weren’t profitable and the holding company was still leaning on other businesses to generate big revenue. The reason for Other Bets’ struggles could be because the cost of expanding Google Fiber and actually giving away its services for free, albeit the latter is for a good cause. A partnership between Google and ConnectHome, an initiative overseen by the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be bringing Google Fiber’s gigabit internet service to residents in public housing properties throughout the United States.

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Google Engineer Max Braun made an Android-powered smart mirror and it is awesome

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The internet of things promises to bring us some incredible innovations in the future. For some, like Google Engineer Max Braun, innovation is just not happening fast enough though. Braun believed that lack of innovation was the reason he had to look into a boring old “dumb mirror” everyday. What happened to the interactive smart mirrors that the movies have been promising us for years? Well, Braun decided to take matters in to his own hands and just build a smart mirror of his own. Spoiler alert. It’s Awesome.

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Magic Leap gets investment infusion of almost $800 million

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Google-backed augmented reality firm Magic Leap Inc. has received a big infusion of funding to help continue their efforts to get a product to market. Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. is providing $793.5 million in funding as they valued Magic Leap at $4.5 billion. As part of the funding deal, Alibaba’s co-vice chair Joe Tsai will join Magic Leap’s board. Read more

Alphabet’s Q4 2015 numbers are in: it’s now the most valuable company in the world

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Alphabet, the holding company formed by Google in August, was the center of attention on Monday after disclosing the results of its Q4 2015 operations. Revenue in the quarter came in at $21.3 billion, an 18% jump over the same period a year prior. It was enough to push Alphabet to nearly $5 billion in net income.

The spot formerly held by Apple as the most valuable company is the world now belongs to Alphabet.

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Google publishes factory images for the February security update 

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Google took to its official Developer portal earlier today to publish the factory images for its February security update for the Nexus 5, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6, Nexus 6P, Nexus 7, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. The upgrade transports a patch for the extremely frustrating bug which drops calls when certain applications are opened in the multitasking view, in addition to a plethora of stability improvements and speed optimizations.

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