Google co-founder’s flying car gets internet debut

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Weekends at the lake will never be the same.
Weekends at the lake will never be the same.
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Forget self-driving cars. A startup backed by Google co-founder Larry Page is aiming to reshape transportation by giving us flying cars, and the company finally gave the internet a teaser today.

Kitty Hawk posted the first video of its all-electric aircraft today. The vehicle is only designed to fly over water, but the company says you won’t even need a pilot’s license to fly it.

Check out the teaser:

Today in Apple history: Google comes out of beta

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Google and Apple were friends at first. It didn't last.
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Sept21 September 21, 1999: A little startup named Google comes out of beta, announcing the launch of a website that will let the general public easily search for information.

To Apple, which is embracing the internet with its twin iMac G3 and iBook products, Google seems like the perfect ally. Sadly, the relationship doesn’t remain rosy for long.

Tony Fadell is leaving the Nest

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From the sound of things, Nest CEO Tony Fadell learned quite a bit from working with Steve Jobs.
From the sound of things, Nest CEO Tony Fadell learned quite a bit from working with Steve Jobs.
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Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell revealed today that he’s taking flight and leaving the company he created.

The godfather of the iPod hit a grand slam with the launch of his smart-thermostat company that was bought by Google, but it appears he’s ready to call it quits just six years into Nest’s run.

Google now a subsidiary of a new company: Alphabet

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Larry Page announced a whole new company, Alphabet, and it now owns Google.
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Google just dropped a bombshell announcement that the operating structure of the company is getting seriously shaken up. To start, co-founder Larry Page broke the news of Alphabet: a new holding company which Google will operate under moving forward. Page will operate as the CEO with Sergey Brin as President effective immediately.

Why Steve Jobs told Google’s Larry Page he was doing too much

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Google’s co-founder Larry Page partook in a wide-ranging interview with the Financial Times, published Friday. Among other topics, he talks about Google’s oppository approach to business compared to Apple — epitomized by a story about Steve Jobs.

“He would always tell me, You’re doing too much stuff,” Page says. “I’d be like, You’re not doing enough stuff.”

Larry Page: How’s That Thermonuclear War Working For You Apple?

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Steve Jobs used to like Larry Page and the guys at Google, until they went and made their own smartphone operating system by copying iOS. Steve Jobs was livid. He threatened “to go thermonuclear war” on Google over Android, and the relationship obviously soured.

Now that Larry Page is the CEO of Google, he’s got a lot to worry about, but Steve Jobs’ thermonuclear threats haven’t seemed to bother him. In an interview with Wired’s Steven Levy, Page was asked about competition, and Jobs’ threats of war, but rather than going on an anti-Apple rant, Page’s answer was pretty calm, cool, and collected.

Wall Street Is Worried That Google CEO’s Illnesses Might Make Him The Next Steve Jobs

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Before his tragic and untimely death last October, Steve Jobs’s chronic health issues were such a constant concern for investors that they arguably kept the stock price of the company artificially low for years, as Wall Street worried that the company would tank without its charismatic leader at the helm.

Obviously, that hasn’t happened. In fact, since Jobs’s death, Apple’s share price has soared to new highs. As sad as it is to say, in some ways, Jobs’s death finally liberated the stock from the hyperbolic threat of his death, and allowed investors to finally appraise the company as it actually is: the best on Earth, even without Steve, because he made it that way.

But Wall Street never learns. Since Google CEO Larry Page called in sick to last week’s annual meeting, investors are panicking.

Walter Isaacson: Larry Page Is Wrong; Steve Jobs’s War On Android Was Real

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This Samsung handset would probably still have buttons if it wasn't for the iPhone.
This Samsung handset would probably still have buttons if it wasn't for the iPhone.

Following comments made by Google co-founder Larry Page yesterday, which suggested Steve Jobs’s thermonuclear war against Android was simply “for show” to rally the troops, Walter Isaacson has confirmed that Page is wrong, and he has insisted that Steve’s war against Android was real.