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Waymo self-driving trucks are hauling gear for Google data centers

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Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, is moving beyond driverless taxis. The company announced on Friday that its self-driving trucks have begun hauling real cargo in the Atlanta area. A safety driver in the truck will take over if anything goes wrong.

"Over the past year, we’ve been conducting road tests of Waymo’s self-driving trucks in California and Arizona," Waymo wrote in a blog post. Now the trucks are going to haul loads to Google's data centers in the state of Georgia.

Waymo already announced in January that it was expanding testing of its self-driving taxi service to the Atlanta area.

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Android P Developer Preview arrives with new notification panel, notch support

Enlarge / Google's logo for the Android P Developer Preview. (credit: Google)

In what is quickly becoming an annual March tradition, Google is once again releasing an early preview of the next major version of Android. The Android P Developer Preview is out right now for developers (and eager Android enthusiasts) to take for a test drive. It's still very early in the news cycle for Android P, and while we haven't installed it yet, we do have a lengthy Google Blog post to draw details from. Highlights include enhancements to the notification panel, indoor positioning, support for iPhone X-style notches, and a million under-the-hood improvements.

However, device support for this release is pretty limited: you'll need a Google Pixel phone to play. The developer preview works on the Pixel 1, Pixel 1 XL, Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, and that's it. Pour one out for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C tablet, which were all part of the Android O developer preview but didn't make it to Android P. I actually confirmed this with Google—those three devices won't be getting Android P.

Additionally, if you want to try Android P yourself, you won't yet have the convenience of using the Android Beta program, which lets you sign up for an over-the-air update that is delivered to your device. While that will come with later releases deemed stable enough for the "beta" tag, for now Google says this is "an early baseline build for developers only." You'll need to fire up some SDK tools and flash the Android P images manually.

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Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Eric Schmidt announced yesterday that he would be stepping down as the Executive Chairman of Alphabet’s Board of Directors at the next regular board meeting in January 2018.... Read the rest of this post here

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Google’s first CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

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Eric Schmidt, Google's first CEO and longtime executive at the company, is stepping down from his current role as executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet. Schmidt will not leave the company, as he'll continue with his role on Alphabet's board of directors, and in a role as a "technical advisor."

Schmidt was first brought on by Google's founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, as the CEO of Google. He was responsible for taking the company public, and for transitioning it from a search engine into a company with interests from mapping to mobile operating systems.

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Eric Schmidt will officially step down as Alphabet’s executive chairman

Enlarge / Eric Schmidt, former executive chairman of Alphabet Inc., in Paris in 2017. (credit: Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images)

Alphabet Inc. issued an announcement on Thursday confirming a major executive shake-up: Eric Schmidt is out as the company's executive chairman of the board of directors, effective when the company holds its next board meeting in January 2018. At that point, he will transition to a role of "technical advisor" for Alphabet and still serve on its board as a member.

"Larry [Page], Sergey [Brin], Sundar [Pichai], and I all believe that the time is right in Alphabet's evolution for this transition," Schmidt said as part of the announcement. "The Alphabet structure is working well, and Google and the Other Bets are thriving." He noted one possible explanation for the transition: to "expand" his efforts in the worlds of philanthropy and "science and technology issues." (This could, among other things, include more vocal opposition to lobbyists and other firms who denounce climate change and net neutrality.)

The announcement includes statements from Alphabet CEO Larry Page and independent board director John Hennessy thanking Schmidt for 17 years of contributions to Google and Alphabet. It also suggests that a "non-executive chairman" will be appointed in 2018.

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