Google’s Sundar Pichai: it appears that seemingly minor details, ranging from a person’s economic background to whether or not he has a daughter, can be predictive of a chief executive’s tenure

New Google chief executive Sundar Pichai is Indian, comes from a humble background, is married, and has a daughter and a son. Readers might ask: so wh(...)

Sundar Pichai, who will become chief executive of the slimmed-down Google. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

In case you missed it this week, Google is now Alphabet. It’s still GOOG and GOOGL on the stock exchanges, and there’s still a company called Google (...)

The announcement late on Monday that Google was going to restructure under a new umbrella company called Alphabet was the biggest shock in the technol(...)

Google chief executive Larry Page: “This new structure will allow us to keep tremendous focus on the extraordinary opportunities we have inside of Google.” Photograph: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Google announced a new operating structure on Monday, creating a holding company called Alphabet to encompass the search engine unit and other subsidi(...)

Illustration: Tom Mathews

That memory is vital for learning is fundamental. Long-term memory is a central and dominant feature of cognition, and all aspects of seeing, heari(...)

Google has got to be easily the best-known new word of our time. It is also said to be a mistake. At least some people insist this is the case. It has(...)

John Herlihy of Google photographed at their Barrow Street Dublin Headquarters in Ireland. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

This extract from a new book - Silicon Docks: The Rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub - details how one of the area’s landmark tenants was lured to(...)

Getting more from Generation X

The economy’s slow but steady improvement is good news. But employers may find a cloud lurking behind the sunny forecast: they are at risk of losing s(...)

Engineers at Palantir Technologies, surrounded by multiple monitors and interesting personal decor, at the company offices in Palo Alto, California. Photograph: Peter DaSilva/The New York Times

Palantir Technologies will not help you share, message, pin, post or chat. It does not exist to make you more social or connected, or even to help adv(...)

A Google self-driving car drives near the company’s campus in Mountain View, California earlier this month. Photograph: Jason Henry/The New York TImes

Google is building cars that don’t have steering wheels, accelerator pedals or brake pedals, in an ambitious expansion of the Internet company’s effor(...)