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5 traits of the most successful teams, according to Google

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The Harvard Business Review has found that “the time spent by managers and employees in collaborative activities has ballooned by 50 percent or more” over the last two decades. As a result, a larger majority of the average employee’s day is spent communicating and/or partnering with co-workers. If the concept of teamwork is here to stay, what is the magic ingredient for making our teams more efficient, productive, and successful? Google conducted a five-year study, aimed at pinpointing the secret to maximizing team effectiveness, that came to be known as Project Aristotle . All team members need to feel valued, as though their thoughts and input matter and contribute to the bigger picture, since effective teams actively solicit input and opinions from their members. Google found that teams with psychologically safe environments had more employees who were not only less likely to leave their companies but more likely to be more successful.

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Google works with the UN to monitor environmental changes

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The project, which launches today, will provide real-time data to organizations and countries looking to plan and direct actions in response to quickly changing environmental conditions. "UN Environment is excited to be partnering with Google, to make sure we have the most sophisticated online tools to track progress, identify priority areas for our action, and bring us one step closer to a sustainable world." Google will produce geospatial maps and data on these ecosystems, thanks to "massive parallel cloud computing technology." This isn't the first use of satellite imagery to determine the impact of human activity on the environment, but it is one of the largest, and the fact that access to the data will be free of charge is definitely huge.

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Moment of truth for Google as record EU antitrust fine looms

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Moment of truth for Google as record EU antitrust fine looms. BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Google is set to face a record-busting EU antitrust fine this week over its Android mobile operating system but rivals hoping that an order to halt unfair business practices will help them may be disappointed. The EU sanction comes in the midst of a trade conflict between the United States and the EU, which has hit back against U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminum by targeting $3.2 billion in American exports with higher duties. Regulators say Google has tilted the field in its favor by forcing smartphone makers to pre-install Google Search together with its Play Store and Chrome browser, sign agreements not to sell devices on rival Android systems and also pay smartphone makers to only pre-install Google Search on devices.

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Has Alphabet Beaten Q2 2018 Expectations?

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Alphabet (GOOGL) is scheduled to release its second-quarter earnings results on July 23, meaning that Google’s parent will report its second-quarter results ahead of its peers Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR), which are scheduled to report their results on July 25 and July 27, respectively. In the first quarter, Alphabet reported revenue and earnings that exceeded expectations fueled by gains in its core Google advertising business, where revenue jumped 24.3% YoY (year-over-year). Alphabet’s total revenue rose 26% YoY to $31.1 billion in the first quarter, while its profits jumped more than 74%, translating to EPS of $13.33.

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Did Alphabet’s Costs Keep Rising in Q2 2018?

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Alphabet’s (GOOGL) costs and expenses have been on the rise in recent years as the company has continued to invest in the expansion of its closely watched cloud computing business. Investments in creating new products as well as the marketing of those new products are also driving Alphabet’s costs. In the first quarter, Alphabet’s expenses jumped 32.4% YoY (year-over-year) driven by big boosts in its search and marketing spending.

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Report: Google's mobile search results now show image thumbnails 45% of the time - Search Engine Land

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Search Engine Land•July 16, 2018. There was a 183% increase in the chances you’ll see an image thumbnail in the mobile Google Search Results.Please visit Search Engine Land for the full article.

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Google's Day of Reckoning Is About the Next Billion Users

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You have to give one thing to Facebook Inc.: Confronted by a torrent of accusations of misbehavior over the past 12 months, the world’s largest social network has at least made the effort to be conciliatory. The same cannot be said about Alphabet Inc.’s Google. The European Commission will this week reveal the punishment for the search giant’s practice of forcing smartphone-makers to install its suite of apps on devices running on its Android operating system.

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Will Bitcoin Save Us From Google?

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Let’s probe Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google, because they make up about 12% of the S&P 500—while representing almost all of the stock-market’s gains this year. Apple’s problems already have become visible. Apple hopes to make it up in services, but Google leads in maps, Netflix in video, and Uber in transportation.

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EU prepares to hit Google with record fine in Android monopoly case

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EU prepares to hit Google with record fine in Android monopoly case. Google will next week be hit with a record EU fine for using its Android smartphone system to fortify its search empire. The fine, likely to be handed down on Tuesday or Wednesday, is expected to eclipse the £2.1bn monopoly abuse penalty Google paid last year over its internet shopping business, and escalates the war between Silicon Valley and Brussels. The commission has the power to fine Google up to 10pc of its parent company Alphabet’s annual turnover, or €9.5bn (£8.4bn). Although it is not expected to use the full extent of its powers, the fine is likely to be higher than the €2.4bn Google was ordered to pay in June last year over claims it stuffed search results with its own shopping adverts, squeezing out price comparison services. As well as the fine, Google is set to be ordered to break its agreements with phone manufacturers.

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Google Fiber could get a jolt from FCC utility pole policy

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Google Fiber could get a jolt from FCC utility pole policy. Google Fiber could get serious help from a new rule (PDF) the FCC is set to pass that would give individual companies access to poles across the US. Currently, independent bodies -- like, say, a new internet provider -- who want to add their lines to poles must request telecoms to do the work, but the federal agency is considering implementing a nationwide One Touch Make Ready (OTMR) arrangement that would allow companies to add their cables themselves. Google has actually benefited from OTMR rules implemented locally -- at least until telecoms intervened, like when Comcast sued the city of Nashville in 2016 to overturn its new statutes. As the FCC was poised to consider telecoms and internet providers a Title II utility in early 2015, Google argued to be included in that group, which would give it access to utility poles instead of being forced to dig trenches for its cables.

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