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Opinion: With scholar's killing, ISIL steps up war on history. http://aje.io/gvg6
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You’d expect me to say this but Google’s transformation into Alphabet is a brilliant move that enables +Larry Page, +Sergey Brin and their company to escape the bonds of their past — They’re just a search company. Why are they working on self-driving cars and magical contact lenses and high-flying balloons? — and go where no one has thought they would go before.

To Wall Street and countless bleating analysts — not to mention its competitors and plenty of government regulators — Google was a search company, though long ago it became so much more. I don’t just mean that it also made a great browser, the best maps, killer email, an open phone operating system and some of the best phones, and a new operating system (and the damned fine computer I’m writing on right now) — and that it acquired the biggest video company and the best traffic data company. I don’t just mean that Google has for a long time really been the powerhouse advertising company.

No, Google long ago became a personal services company, the post-mass-market company that treats every user as a customer it knows individually. That is the heart of Google. When they say they “focus on the user and all else will follow,” they mean it.

But Google was also a technology company, working on projects that didn’t fit with that mission.

So this move lets Page and Brin move up to the strategic stratosphere where they are most comfortable. It lets them recognize the tremendous job +Sundar Pichai has been doing running the company that is now “just” Google. It lets them invest in new experiments and new lines of business — cars, medical technology, automated homes, and energy so far, and then WTF they can imagine and whatever problems they yearn to solve. It lets them tell Wall Street not to freak at a blip in the ad market — though, of course, the vast majority of the parent company’s revenue will still come from Google’s advertising business.

A journalist asked me a few minutes ago whether there was any risk to the change. I couldn’t think of any then. I suppose one risk is that this will only freak out especially European media and regulatory technopanickers, who will now go on a rampage warning that — SEE! — Google does want to rule the world. But what the hell. They were going to do that anyway.

A few weeks ago at Google I/O, I had the privilege of meeting Page. To introduce myself, I said that I wrote a book called What Would Google Do?. “Oh, I remember,” he said with impish grin and then he asked: “What would Google do? I want to know.”

See, I don’t think even Larry Page knows what Google — er, Alphabet — will do. He is now setting himself up for discoveries, surprises, exploration, experimentation, and a magnificently uncertain future. Who wants a certain future? That’d be so damned boring. So horribly conventional.

Disclosure: I own Google — er, Alphabet — stock. And I now lust after Alphabet swag.
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All it needs is a little air.
Nothing dampens French fry-related enthusiasm more quickly than a clogged ketchup bottle. Beating the bottle into submission works about half the time, but to really get things flowing again, you need to introduce a little air. Real Simple shows us how using a tool available at near every diner: a plastic straw.
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Interesting study.
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In Okoshiki, Japan, a woman collects shellfish in evening light 
Get your daily dose of outstanding travel photos. Today: In Okoshiki, Japan, a woman collects shellfish in evening light.
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Why Teachers, Parents, and Society at Large Have Destroyed Kids’ Love of Learning
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Man who beheaded and skinned Zimbabwe's most famous lion, Cecil, has been identified
The animal was lured from the protection of the Hwange National Park and shot with a crossbow, officials say.
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Photo of the Day: While walking along the shore of Larak, Iran, an island in the Persian Gulf, #YourShot member Pooyan Shadpoor came across this luminous scene. #photography
Bioluminescent plankton glow on the shore of the island of Larak, Iran, in this National Geographic Photo of the Day.
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The older you get, the faster it seems to go by.
Did it seem like this year was shorter than the last? This interactive timeline explains how your brain’s perception of time might be changing more and more as you get older to make it seem like time is passing by faster than it really is.
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Armchair tech enthusiast. Experienced in Corporate Affairs, PR and Government Relations. Passion for technology and innovation. Long time fan of the greatest football club in the world.
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  • University of Sydney
    BSc (Biochemistry), 1991 - 1993
Went there for a short overnight trip. Love the water chalet experience even though I've been there a few times. The size of the hotel is not as big as newer hotels in the area, so you wil feel more exclusivity and privacy. This also helps with logistics when you have small children in tow. The room could be improved with a bit more dusting. We were however not that concerned over the lack of tv channels? If we had wanted to watch tv, we would have stayed home. All in all, a pleasant trip.
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