Google Hits $2 Trillion Mark Amid AI and Regulation Challenges

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  • May 7, 2024

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has officially reached a significant milestone: a $2 trillion market cap. This achievement comes amidst a challenging year for the tech giant, marked by the rise of Generative AI and mounting regulatory pressures.

In its 25th year, Google has been navigating one of its most tumultuous periods. The rise of generative AI has brought profound changes, prompting the company to realign its strategy.

This year saw major internal restructuring, with the Search, Android, and hardware teams focusing on AI integration. The company also launched its Gemini AI model to capitalize on the growing Artificial Intelligence market.

Amidst this shift, Google announced its first-ever dividend and a $70 billion share buyback in its Q1 2024 earnings report.

These moves have been well-received by investors, allowing Alphabet to reach and maintain its $2 trillion valuation for a full trading day — a first since briefly hitting this mark in 2021.

Meanwhile, people over the internet don’t seem to be pleased with the news, referring to the lay-offs by Google,

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Google’s focus on restructuring and realignment is evident in its actions. It has streamlined projects and laid off employees to refocus on its core areas.

However, despite these changes, the company’s Q1 earnings report shows positive growth, with a 15% year-over-year increase in revenue to $80.5 billion, resulting in a $23.7 billion profit.


The company’s advertising revenue has also seen a notable increase. Google’s Performance Max tool, which helps advertisers target audiences using AI, has contributed to a 63% likelihood of advertisers launching campaigns with strong ad performance.

Google is exploring ways to integrate AI across its operations. CEO Sundar Pichai stated that AI has already begun generating revenue, with Discover Financial rolling out AI tools to 10,000 call center agents, and Ikea experiencing growth from value-based bidding solutions.

Despite these strides, Pichai assured that Google is treading carefully with AI integration in its search engine, emphasizing a balanced approach that prioritizes traffic to websites and merchants.

Despite internal restructuring and challenges, Google has reported significant gains across its businesses. The company’s advertising and YouTube revenues are up by 14% and 21% year-over-year, respectively.

This growth extends to “subscriptions, platforms, and devices,” driven primarily by YouTube Premium subscriptions.

Additionally, Google is enhancing its ability to compete against TikTok and Instagram Reels by improving YouTube Shorts. The monetization rate for Shorts has increased by 12% in the last quarter, with 50% more creators uploading short-form videos.

In between all this people over the internet are not happy at all. Here’s  what one person said,

Google’s future developments will be further detailed at its annual developer conference, Google I/O, scheduled for May 14th. Google’s $2 trillion milestone reflects its success in navigating significant challenges, including AI integration and regulatory pressures.

The company’s restructuring efforts, coupled with its continued focus on AI and diversified revenue streams, have contributed to its sustained growth and investor confidence.

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