Robert Hof

Robert Hof is editor in chief of SiliconANGLE. Email: robhof@siliconangle.com

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‘Salad shooter’: Why two Google tech luminaries don’t think AI chatbots are ready for prime time

Less than a week after Google LLC stumbled when it introduced its experimental artificial intelligence chatbot Bard, two Google luminaries today explained why they think AI chatbots — including OpenAI LLC’s wildly popular ChatGPT — aren’t really ready for prime time. Vint Cerf, Google’s chief internet evangelist, and John Hennessy (pictured), chairman of Google parent Alphabet ...

Cloud growth doesn’t stop economy from biting Amazon and Alphabet

The sky is no longer the limit for cloud computing giants, as the slowing economy strikes at one of tech’s biggest growth stories of the past decade. Two of the top cloud providers, Amazon Web Services Inc. and Google LLC, today revealed revenues in their cloud units, which have boosted their growth and profits for ...

The freeze deepens: Amazon and Apple pause hiring, Lyft and Stripe lay off workers

Tech’s layoffs and hiring freezes are deepening, as Amazon.com Inc. today announced a pause in new hires, Lyft Inc. and Stripe Inc. said they are laying off hundreds of employees amid the worsening economy, and even Apple Inc. was reportedly holding off on new hires outside research and development roles. Amazon, which had previously announced ...

Alphabet shares fall as slowing economy takes another bite out of sales growth

With online advertising hitting a slow patch along with the overall economy and inflation taking its toll, even Alphabet Inc. didn’t escape the downdraft today as it reported its fifth straight quarter of slowing revenue growth. The parent of ad and cloud giant Google LLC reported that its profit for the third quarter ended Sept. ...

FTC to investigate Amazon’s planned $3.9 billion acquisition of One Medical

Amazon. com Inc. today disclosed in a securities filing that it has received a request for more information from the Federal Trade Commission on its planned $3.9 billion acquisition of 1Life Healthcare Inc., which runs primary-care clinics under the name One Medical. Publicly held 1Life disclosed the investigation in a securities filing first reported by the ...

Amazon Care telehealth service will shut down by year-end

Amazon.com Inc. today said it will shut down its Amazon Care telehealth service by the end of the year, casting some doubt on its aggressive plans to become a force in health services. According to an internal memo first reported by Geekwire, the retail and cloud computing giant determined that Amazon Care failed to become ...
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Done deal: Chipmaker Broadcom will buy software and cloud giant VMware for $61.2B

As expected, Broadcom Inc. today said it will acquire computer virtualization and cloud services giant VMware Inc. in a $61 billion deal that would be one of the largest technology mergers ever. Broadcom will pay $138.23 per share for VMware in the cash-and-stock deal, more than 40% above VMware’s stock price before reports of the deal. ...

Amazon stock plunges on surprise loss and bearish outlook

Yet another strong showing in cloud computing failed to prevent Amazon.com Inc. from reporting a surprise loss, and a disappointing forecast for the next quarter sent its shares down hard in extended trading today. The retail and cloud giant reported its first-quarter net loss of $3.8 billion, or $7.56 a share, reversing an $8.1 billion ...

Meta stock soars on improvement in Facebook profit and user growth

It couldn’t get much worse for Meta Platforms Inc. than when it lost $230 billion in market value in February after reporting its first-ever drop in daily users, and today the Facebook parent actually managed to show surprising improvement, sending its stock soaring in late trading. Meta, which rebranded itself in October in the hope ...

Google parent Alphabet’s results come up short despite cloud strength

A slowdown in spending on advertising amid the Russian war on Ukraine and an uncertain economy took a toll on Google parent Alphabet Inc. today as it reported first-quarter results that disappointed investors. The one highlight for the quarter was Google Cloud, Alphabet’s cloud computing unit. It saw strong growth as revenue jumped 44%, to ...