Google's new self-driving prototype car drives around a parking lot during a demonstration at Google campus on May 13, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif.
Google X: Google’s most ambitious projects, such as its self-driving cars, often begin in this secretive research departmentTony Avela—AP
Google's new self-driving prototype car drives around a parking lot during a demonstration at Google campus on May 13, 2015, in Mountain View, Calif.
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The Businesses That Make Up Google’s New Umbrella Company, Alphabet

Aug 11, 2015

Since launching in 1998, Google has expanded from a simple search engine into a sprawling operation with operations in everything from the life sciences to self-driving cars. Now, those different businesses are being separated as subsidiaries under a new holding company called Alphabet.

The new corporate structure will give Google itself a tighter focus on its advertising business, while spinning off operations that are “far afield” of those efforts into separate companies, Page said in a blog post.

Here's a quick rundown of the many different ventures that now comprise Alphabet.

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