You know when NEPA changed its name to PHCN and Nigerians had and are still having a hard time getting used to it? well, this isn’t directly similar but y’all should better get used to the fact that the Google as we know it will now be owned by a new company called Alphabet!
This huge announcement was made on Monday by Larry Page. In case you are wondering why they chose the name Alphabet, According to Larry, “We liked the name Alphabet because it means a collection of letters that represent language, one of the humanity’s most important innovations, and is the core of how we index with Google search, We also like that it means alpha-bet (Alpha is investment return above benchmark), which we strive for!”
Another interesting fact about Alphabet that I liked was its domain name, I am sure most of you might be expecting an Alphabet.com for a domain name. However, Alphabet’s domain name is abc.xyz — not alphabet.com. This is probably because alpabet.com is owned by BMW and it would quite impossible to buy it from them.
Moving forward, The new company, Alphabet, will have under its umbrella a collection of companies, the largest of which will be Google. Not only did Google acquire a Parent company, it also acquired a new CEO – Google will now be headed by Sundar Pichai while Co-founder and current CEO Larry Page will lead the new company, with Sergey Brin, serving as the president..
According to Google’s filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. these Businesses below will stay a part of Google:
While the Businesses below will become separate companies under Alphabet:
- Calico (life-extension biotech research)
- Nest (maker of the Nest Thermostat and other smart home products)
- Fiber (high-speed Internet service)
- Ventures and Capital (early and growth-stage investing)
- X lab (“moonshot” research incubator that includes projects such as self-driving cars and delivery drones)
Asides the huge announcement, Google – oopsy, Alphabet – showed us its fun side by embedding a script on the blog post that links to the company website for Hooli – the fictional version of Google from the Mike Judge’s HBO comedy Silicon Valley. All you have to do to activate this is go to http://abc.xyz Step two: click the period after “drone delivery effort. Step three: enjoy.
Also, an abc.wtf that redirects to Bing has been created, though I am not sure if Microsoft is behind this as WHOIS says it’s registered to a New Zealand address.
Whew!! plenty information to digest this morning! What are your thoughts on this, though?