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A new generation of talent strategies, rooted in evidence-based HR and behavioral insights, is replacing HR practices centered on outdated ideas of human psychology and organizational design
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A Florida waterway is closed today as 300 #manatees congregate near a hot spring https://t.co/SarqLd345o +Discovery
Authorities temporarily shut down Florida's Three Sisters Springs after three hundred manatees gathered in a one-acre area on Monday.
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The Journey Continues…

Dear Friends,

My life has been a dream journey. From a little boy growing up in the Himalayas dreaming of the Star Trek computer, to an immigrant who came to the United States with two suitcases and not much else, to the person responsible for Search at Google, every turn has enriched me and made me a better person.

As I entered the fifteenth year of working at Google, I've been asking myself the question, "what would you want to do for the next fifteen?" The answer has overwhelmingly been: give back to others. It has always been a priority for me to give back to people who are less fortunate, and make time for my family amidst competing work constraints--but on both fronts, I simply want to give and do more.

Now is a good time to make this important life change. Things are in amazing shape. Search is stronger than ever, and will only get better in the hands of an outstanding set of senior leaders who are already running the show day-to-day.

It fills me with pride to see what we have built in the last fifteen years. Search has transformed people’s lives; over a billion people rely on us. Our mission of empowering people with information and the impact it has had on this world cannot be overstated. When I started, who would have imagined that in a short period of fifteen years, we would tap a button, ask Google anything and get the answer. Today, it has become second nature to us. My dream Star Trek computer is becoming a reality, and it is far better than what I ever imagined.

I love Google. It is a company that believes in doing the right thing, a company that believes in doing good in the world, a company… that cares. I look back at my time here with a profound sense of gratitude that I was a part of building this. Now, with pride, gratitude, and joy in my heart, I need to define my next fifteen years. I am eager to see what kind of impact I can make philanthropically, and of course, to spend more time with my family--especially with my wife who I miss spending time with given our incredibly busy lives, and our son who will go to college soon, leaving an empty nest behind.

Feb 26 will be my last day at Google. My relationships are the most important thing I’ve accumulated in life and I’d love for that to continue. Please do drop me a line occasionally and we can have a cup of tea.

As Chief Si’ahl said “Take nothing but memories, leave nothing but footprints!” I am taking so many fond memories with me, and hopefully I’ve left a small footprint here.

With Love,
Amit
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Empathy – understanding how others think & feel – is what connects us https://t.co/kk25t8wTL2

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Why product designers should put themselves in the shoes of their consumers.
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The race is on to save endangered orangutans from the burning forests of Borneo... here's our story.
 
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The race is on to save endangered orangutans from the burning forests of Borneo, as they choke on the dangerous haze caused by Indonesian forest fires.
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+Kristie Lu Stout​: As sea levels rise, the Marshall Islands cld disappear. What can we do to help save them? http://t.co/FPYHmn1JUS #2degrees +John D. Sutter#Cop21
Kristie Lu Stout speaks to CNN Opinion Columnist John Sutter about the battle against climate change
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Really excited about our big news, announcement of Alphabet!
As Sergey and I wrote in the original founders letter 11 years ago, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” As part of that, we also said that you could expect us to make “smaller bets in areas that might seem very speculative or even strange when compared to our ...
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"Talent is equally distributed across the human family, but opportunity is not." Find out how +Sama Impact is building a movement to change this. Sama's Q4 Learnings Call:
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Scientists have found parts of the brain that react almost exclusively to the sound of music https://t.co/rhkzAoVaYf via @nytimes
M.I.T. researchers have devised a radical approach to brain imaging that reveals what past studies missed about neural responses to music.
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"Of the top ten causes of death worldwide, Alzheimer's is the only one we cannot prevent, cure or even slow down." http://t.co/ys5uJSzF3m via @gilliantett @sbanjo @TEDTalks
More than 40 million people worldwide suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and that number is expected to increase drastically in the coming years. But no real progress has been made in the fight against the disease since its classification more than 100 years ago. Scientist Samuel Cohen shares a new breakthrough in Alzheimer's research from his lab as well as a message of hope. "Alzheimer's is a disease," Cohen says, "and we can cure it."
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3 years ago we embarked on a project to put computing inside a contact lens -- an immensely challenging technical problem with an important application to health.  While I am delighted at the progress that project has made, I could not have imagined the potential of the initiative it has grown into -- a life sciences team with the mission to develop new technologies to make healthcare more proactive.  The efforts it has spawned include  a nanodiagnostics platform, a cardiac and activity monitor, and the Baseline Study.

It’s a huge undertaking, and I am delighted to announce that the life sciences team is now ready to graduate from our X lab and become a standalone Alphabet company, with Andy Conrad as CEO.  While the reporting structure will be different, their goal remains the same. They’ll continue to work with other life sciences companies to move new technologies from early stage R&D to clinical testing—and, hopefully—transform the way we detect, prevent, and manage disease.  
   
The team is relatively new but very diverse including software engineers, oncologists, and optics experts.  This is the type of company we hope will thrive as part of Alphabet and I can’t wait to see what they do next.
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