Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page resign from Alphabet

          Sundar Pichai replaces them at the head of Alphabet

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      Google's co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin leave their positions at the parent company Alphabet, leaving Google's CEO, Sundar Pichai, to manage both Alphabet and Google.

     Google's parent company, Alphabet, was created following a corporate restructuring in October 2015 to encompass Google and all of the group's non-core businesses, from Waymo's autonomous cars to Sidewalk Labs' subsidiary for smart cities and biotech specialist Calico.

          As far as Sundar Pichai is concerned, they said:

     "Sundar brings humility and a deep passion for technology to our users, partners and employees every day. He has worked closely with us for 15 years, through the creation of Alphabet, as CEO of Google, and as a member of Alphabet's board of directors. He shares our confidence in the value of Alphabet's structure and its ability to meet great challenges through technology. 

     Since Alphabet was founded, we have not trusted him. There is no one better to lead Google and Alphabet into the future." 

     Pichai, has been running Google for over four years. The company's workforce has almost doubled since he took office, from 59,000 to 114,000.

     Alphabet has long positioned Pichai as a de facto leader, making him the primary voice of executives at shareholder meetings, calls for results and spokespeople at congressional hearings.

     Page and Brin, had stopped making appearances at the weekly question-and-answer sessions with employees, and Page was not attending this summer's Alphabet shareholder meeting.

     Page and Brin, launched Google in Silicon Valley in 1998. They promised to stay involved as board members and shareholders. They still own over 50% of the voting stock of Alphabet.

     "Today, in 2019, if the company were a person, it would be a 21-year-old young adult and it would be time to come out of the shadows," they said.

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          Google under attack from all sides

     Sundar Pichai takes the reins of a colossus that employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and has a turnover of $136 billion in 2018 (including more than $30 billion in net profit). But the Californian group finds itself today entangled in many controversies related to its dominant position on the Internet and in technology in general.

     Many governments and organizations accuse it of bad practices in terms of privacy protection and personal data management. Europe regularly accuses Google and other digital giants of not paying their fair share of taxes, thanks to optimization schemes that allow them to transfer their profits to low-tax states.

     In the United States, the search engine is facing several antitrust investigations to determine whether it has abused its dominant position in certain markets.

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