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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

    Google to sell its $500 million satellite company to a startup


    According to the agreement, Planet Labs will acquire the Terra Bella business and satellites and Google will continue to license the satellite imagery for its mapping products.

    The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.

    However, a source familiar with the terms of the deal told Business Insider that Planet Labs paid less than the $500 million Google originally paid, but the deal was still above $300 million. The source also said Google will be a major shareholder in Planet Labs and continue to be invested in Terra Bella’s success long-term.

    The move marks the latest effort by Google’s parent company Alphabet to manage spending throughout the organization.

    In the past year Alphabet has canceled its plans to deliver the internet from solar-powered drones, ended the expansion of its Google Fiber internet service, and slowed down development of its drone-delivery service. The company has also lost several key executives.

    Alphabet’s Other Bets lost $1.088 billion last quarter on $262 million in revenue, thecompany reported in its earnings last month.


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