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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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Google’s first CEO Eric Schmidt is stepping down as Alphabet’s executive chairman originally appeared on on Thu, 21 Dec 2017 at 17:28:34 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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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Google will use lasers instead of fiber to deploy high-speed internet

Google Project Loon lasers, high-speed internet

There are two main components to getting an entire nation online: the last mile, and the backbone. The often-talked-about "last mile" is the final piece of the puzzle, the cable running to each house, or the wireless link between your cellphone and a nearby tower.

But in order for that last mile to work, it has to be hooked up to something. Normally, that means a dedicated fiber line running from the cell tower to a local exchange, which is time-consuming and costly to run. So, faced with the challenge of bringing rural India online, Google is trying something very different.

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Pixel won’t get KRACK fix until December, but is that really a big deal?

Enlarge / *For various interpretations of "Up to date." (credit: Ron Amadeo)

In October, security researchers discovered a major vulnerability in a Wi-Fi's WPA2 security called "KRACK." This "Key Reinstallation Attack" can disrupt the initial encryption handshake that happens when an access point and a device first connect, allowing an attacker to read information assumed to be securely encrypted. It's possible to totally defeat WPA2 encryption using KRACK, allowing a third party to sniff all the Wi-Fi packets you're sending out. Any device that uses Wi-Fi and WPA2 is most likely vulnerable to the bug, which at this point is basically every wireless gadget on Earth.

Google and the rest of the OEMs are working to clean up Android's KRACK epidemic, and on Monday, Google addressed the bug in the November Android Security Bulletin. A patch was posted this week to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) repository, and at the same time, Google started rolling out a November security update to Google Pixel and Nexus devices. But if you read the bulletin closely, you'll see the November security patch for Google devices does not contain the KRACK fix.

Google's Android security bulletin is not the clearest thing on Earth. The company posted three different general Android security bulletins for November on Monday, labeled "2017-11-01," "2017-11-05," and "2017-11-06." The Pixel/Nexus specific security page mentions that Google is pushing out only the "11-05" update to devices, leaving OEMs to deal with the rest. However, Google also had language saying the "11-05" release "addresses all issues in the November 2017 Android Security Bulletin," which would suggest a KRACK fix.

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