>Google co-founders step aside
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will step down as CEO and president, respectively, of Alphabet, the internet giant's parent company announced on Tuesday.
Google chief Sundar Pichai will take over as CEO of Alphabet.
Page and Brin will remain on the company's board of directors.
"We've never been ones to hold on to management roles when we think there's a better way to run the company. And Alphabet and Google no longer need two CEOs and a president," the pair wrote in an open letter about the management change. "While it has been a tremendous privilege to be deeply involved in the day-to-day management of the company for so long, we believe it's time to assume the role of proud parents - offering advice and love, but not daily nagging!" they wrote.
Page and Brin, who created Google in 1998 while students at Stanford University, have been noticeably absent from Google events in the past year. At the same time, Pichai has taken an increasingly prominent role in representing Alphabet during quarterly earnings calls with investors and in congressional hearings.
>'Existential' word of the year
Climate change, gun violence, the very nature of democracy and an angsty little movie star called Forky helped propel "existential" to Dictionary.com's word of the year.
The choice reflects months of high-stakes threats and crises, real and pondered, across the news, the world and throughout 2019.
The word earned top of mind awareness in sustained searches at Dictionary.com in the aftermath of wildfires and Hurricane Dorian, and mass shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand, and El Paso, Texas.
It also reared itself in presidential politics and pop culture, including Forky the white plastic spork who was the breakout star of "Toy Story 4".
The soiled utensil is convinced his destiny is in the trash, until he embraces his purpose as a treasured toy of kindergartener Bonnie.
>White House Xmas decorations
Melania Trump officially unveiled the White House Christmas decorations Sunday night in a festive video which showed the first lady adding the final touches to the display.
Footage from inside the White House shows festive flowers and at least one hallway lined with white suspended snowflakes. A pile of red roses lays across one fireplace.
In the nearly one-minute-long video posted to Twitter, Melania, wearing a cream coat, matching dress and stiletto heels, can be seen walking through the rooms, sprinkling glitter on ornaments and straightening flowers.
The first lady wrote: "'The Spirit of America' is shining in the @WhiteHouse! I am excited for everyone to experience the beauty of the Christmas season!'
>Games-time volunteers search
Beijing is launching an 18-month global recruitment drive as it looks to hire about27,000 volunteers to work at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
The online application system will be available from Thursday, which coincides with the United Nations' annual International Volunteer Day, and will be open to both domestic and overseas applicants.
Successful candidates will be trained to assist organizers in 12 job categories specifically during the 17-day Olympics, including international liaison, competition organization, media operation and venue service, according to the organizing committee's human resource department.
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