SINGAPORE (July 1): At a meeting last week of Alphabet stockholders, a man lobbed a simple query at the company’s chairman: Where is the CEO?

Good question. He was told that Larry Page, head of Google’s parent company and its co-founder, was not able to come to the annual session with shareholders, who asked tricky questions about the company’s approach to artificial intelligence ethics, treatment of its contract workers and its impact on Bay Area home prices.

Page was not at last year’s annual meeting, either.

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