Google: things you didn’t know

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  • Google LLC (formerly Google Inc 1998- 2018) is a multinational technology company which specializes in search engine(internet), cloud computing, online advertising, hardware and software. With it’s headquarters in 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View California, USA. Has a worldwide reach. It’s CEO is Sundar Pichai, and CFO as Ruth Porat.Has a total of 98,771 employees as at 2018.
  • Google was founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page on while they were yet Ph.D students of Stanford University California.
  • But actually Google was born on September 15, 1996 as a research project by Sergey Brin and Larry Page back while they were still pH.D students of Stanford University, California.
  • At the time, conventional search engines ranked results by counting the number of times search terms appeared on the page. Then the duo came up with an idea of a better system that analyzed the relationship between websites and the importance of pages that linked back to the original site.
  • Larry and Brin named their new search engine “BackRub” since it checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a website. The name Google, which they later adopted originated from a misspelling of the word “googol”, the number 1 followed by 100 zeros to signify that the system was to provide large volume of information.
Google’s first production
  • Google had it’s initial funding from Andy Bechtolshiem,(co-founder of Sun Microsytems) a contribution of $100,000 on August 1998.
  • Later on, three new investors came in; Jeff Bezos of Amazon, David Cheriton, Stanford University professor of computer science and entrepreneur Ram Shriram. With these investors, google raised $1million which was used to open their first shop in Menlo Park, California.
  • Before the end of 1998 and start of 1999, after small additional investments, the company raised $25million which was announced on June 7 1999.
  • Google is now an everyday language as the verb “google” was incorporated into the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and and the Oxford English Dictionary meaning ” to use the Google Search engine to obtain information on the internet”.
  • In 2001, Google’s internal management hired and made Eric Schmidt Chairman and CEO.
  • Google had it’s first public offering on August 19, 2004, when Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for 20 years, ending in 2024.
  • Google has made some acquisitions since incorporation. Google acquired You Tube, a video sharing site for $1.65 billion in October 2006.
  • Google acquired DoubleClick for $3.1 billion on April 13, 2007.
  • And in 2011, August 15, they acquired Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion.
  • In 2013, Google acquired Waze for $966 million, an independent entity whose crowdsourced location platform we’re integrated between Google Maps.
  • On January 26, 2014, Google acquired Deep mind Technologies, a privately held artficial intelligence company for $400 million.
  • In August 10, 2015, google became a conglomerate called Alphabet. With this restructure came Sundar Pichai as Google CEO and Larry Page as Alphabet CEO.
  • On August 8 2017, Google fired an employee James Damore after he distributed a memo throughout the company that ” Google’s ideological echo chamber and bias clouded their thinking about diversity and inclusion and that biological factors not discrimination alone caused the average woman to be less interested than men in technical positions.
  • On November 1, 2018, more than 20,000 Google employees staged a global walk in protest of the company’s handling of sexual harassment cases. Earlier on October 28, it announced firing 48 employees over theast two years for sexual misconduct.
  • On 19th of March this year, Google announced that it will be going into video game market, with the launch of a cloud gaming platform called Google Stadia.

Google recently banned Huawei from using its Android Operating System and thus preventing future and existing Huawei phones from Android updates and running apps like YouTube and Google Maps

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