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Mr. Page is separating the company's mapping-and-commerce unit. Google executive Jeff Huber, who led that group, will join Google X, which currently is overseen by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and works on projects such as self-driving car technology and the Google Glass wearable computing device.Google's Mapping And Commerce Unit To Transfer To Sergey Brin's Google X [online.wsj.com]
With the separation of Google's mapping and commerce unit, mapping products, which many Web users access via the Google search engine, will become part of the company's search team, also known as "knowledge." The commerce unitóa big part of which is dedicated to developing products to attract advertising dollars from local businessesówill become part of Google's advertising-products group, which develops automated systems that help sell ad space on Google sites and millions of non-Google sites across the Web.