AT&T Counters Google Fiber In Austin, Says It Invests “More Than Any Other Public Company” Into U.S. Communities
In the worst kept secret in Austin history, Google announced in conjunction with the city that it would be the second location to get Google’s Fiber offering. Just a few hours after that announcement, AT&T made its own plans known for Austin, and it includes (surprise) 1 Gigabit Fiber as well. This ties to its previously announcement on of the VIP expansion project for broadband access. The “advanced fiber optic infrastructure” will be given the same treatment that Google has gotten, which we’re told is just access to build out and work with the city, meaning no financial incentives are involved. Here’s what Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, had to say in a release today: Most encouraging is the recognition by government officials that policies which eliminate unnecessary regulation, lower costs and speed infrastructure deployment, can be a meaningful catalyst to additional investment in advanced networks which drives employment and economic growth. Since rumors about ...
Mark Zuckerberg's sister is now working for team Google
It looks as if Mark Zuckerberg's younger sister, Arielle Zuckerberg, is now an employee of Google. This employment status is connected to Google's recent acquisition of Wildfire Interactive.
CloudCar, The Stealthy Startup That Andy Rubin Is *Not* Joining, Has Raised $11.5M
CloudCar, a startup still in stealth mode that was the subject of rumors earlier this month when Robert Scoble reported that Andy Rubin would leave his job at Google to join it, has filed a Form D with the SEC indicating that it has raised $11.5 million in a Series A round. The startup may not be Rubin's next place of employment, but he is connected to it: after the rumor hit, and then he denied it on Twitter, he further clarified in a Google+ post that CloudCar "are a group of friends who I give free office space to in my incubator in Los Altos."