Google comes under Alphabet’s spell today

google-android-honeycombAnd so it is written: Google is about to become Alphabet.

The new Alphabet holding company for the businesses under the Mountain View, California, technology giant should be officially in place sometime later today,according to Google.

The core Google business will continue to exist, operating under its own name and focusing on products like search, email, the YouTube video service and Android mobile software. Google will now coexist under Alphabet with other units such as Google X, the experimental research lab; the Life Sciences unit looking into technologies such as glucose-sensing contact lenses; and the Calico life-extending initiative.

Alphabet will begin trading on Monday under the original ticker symbols of GOOG and GOOGL. It will be run by CEO Larry Page and President Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founders.

The move underscores the company’s broader ambitions beyond search and advertising, which generate the vast majority of its revenue. Google wants to be aone-stop shop for tech, but it also is looking much further afield into areas such as personal health. For investors, the reorganization will provide a deeper look at the status of the core search business without the distraction of different initiatives.

“Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable,” Page said in a blog post in August when he announced the reorganization. >more

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