Oct 11, 2019

Playground Global confirms Andy Rubin exit

Andy Rubin at Google event. Photo: Kim Kulish/Corbis via Getty Image

Playground Global, a Silicon Valley incubator, confirmed BuzzFeed's report that co-founder Andy Rubin quietly left earlier this year.

"Playground Global bought out my interests earlier this year when the noise around my divorce and departure from Google made it difficult to focus on the tasks at hand. Playground is still an investor in Essential and we’re continuing to innovate."
— Andy Rubin

Why it matters: Rubin, best known for co-creating the mobile operating system Android which he sold to Google, left the search giant in 2014 following allegations of sexual harassment — with a $90 million payout, as the New York Times revealed last year.

  • BuzzFeed reported that Rubin received a $9 million payout from Playground, though it's unclear if it's payment for his stake in the business or not.

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Google CEO: The company is "genuinely struggling" with transparency, employee trust

Google CEO Sundar Pichai in May 2019. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Google CEO Sundar Pichai told employees at an all-staff meeting this week that "it's definitely gotten harder" to see how to make improvements after breaking employees' trust at the company's current scale, the Washington Post reports.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Ina Fried: Google has prided itself on having a vocal employee base. In recent months, the tech giant has struggled with handling workers who question its every move and want a say in everything from who is hired or retained to who the company does business with.

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Google fights to limit sharing of information in antitrust probe

Google turned to a Texas court for help Thursday, fearing that a multistate antitrust probe could allow its rivals to gain access to sensitive information.

Driving the news: Google sought a protective order to limit the sharing of its confidential information in the states' antitrust investigation.

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2020 candidates' Q3 fundraising hauls

President Trump's re-election campaign and billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer reported the highest Q3 receipts, while Sen. Bernie Sanders is in third place across all candidates. 95.9% of Steyer's receipts came from his own personal funds, per FiveThirtyEight.

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