Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Google's 13th Birthday

Google doodle today come with a theme Google's 13th Birthday.

Google Inc. is an American multinational public corporation invested in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. Google hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products, and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, often dubbed the "Google Guys", while the two were attending Stanford University as PhD candidates. It was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. At that time Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for twenty years, until the year 2024. The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and the company's unofficial slogan – coined by Google engineer Amit Patel and supported by Paul Buchheit – is "Don't be evil". In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California.

It has been estimated that Google runs over one million servers in data centers around the world, and processes over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day. Google's rapid growth since its incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core web search engine. The company offers online productivity software, such as its Gmail email service, and social networking tools, including Orkut and, more recently, Google Buzz and Google+. Google's products extend to the desktop as well, with applications such as the web browser Google Chrome, the Picasa photo organization and editing software, and the Google Talk instant messaging application. Notably, Google leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, used on a number of phones such as the Motorola Droid and the Samsung Galaxy smartphone series', as well as the new Google Chrome OS, best known as the main operating system on the Cr-48 and also, since 15 June 2011, on commercial Chromebooks such as the Samsung Series 5 and Acer AC700. Alexa lists the main U.S.-focused google.com site as the Internet's most visited website, and numerous international Google sites (google.co.in(14) and most visited site in India, google.co.uk etc.) are in the top hundred, as are several other Google-owned sites such as YouTube (Alexa:3), Blogger (Alexa:6), and Orkut. Google also ranks number two in the BrandZ brand equity database. The dominant market position of Google's services has led to criticism of the company over issues including privacy, copyright, and censorship.

Type                  Public
Traded as          NASDAQ: GOOG
                         FWB: GGQ1
Industry             Internet
                         Computer software
Founded            Menlo Park, California (27 September 1998 (27 September 1998))
                         13 years old
Founder(s)         Sergey Brin
                          Larry Page
Headquarters     1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, United States
Area served        Worldwide
Key people         Larry Page
                           (Co-Founder and CEO)
                           Eric Schmidt
                           (Executive Chairman)
                           Sergey Brin
Products             See list of Google products.
Revenue                   increase US$ 29.321 billion (2010)
Operating income     increase US$ 10.381 billion (2010)
Profit                        increase US$8.505 billion (2010)
Total assets              increase $57.851 billion (2010)
Total equity              increase US$46.241 billion (2010)
Employees               28,768 (As of 2011-06-30)
Subsidiaries             YouTube, DoubleClick, On2 Technologies, Picnik, Aardvark, AdMob, Zagat, Motorola Mobility
Website                   google.com