Start the Countdown The reception area at Google, Inc. See more pictures of the Googleplex. Brendan Hoffmann/Getty Images When it comes to the Internet, it just doesn't get much bigger than Google. In the United States, Google consistently gobbles up 70 to 75 percent of the search engine market [source: Garner]. In places like the United Kingdom, Switzerland and South America, that number soars to more than 90 percent of the market share [source: Google Operating System]. Google has conquered the search engine world so completely that its very name is synonymous with Internet search. How many companies (besides Xerox, of course) are recognized by Merriam-Webster's dictionary as a verb? Success on this scale is bound to attract some attention, and Google's success has garnered a lot of it. In fact, an enthusiastic press corps and caffeine-fueled blogosphere scrutinize Google's every move. Is Google buying Twitter? Is it going to launch its own cell phone network? Is it … [Read more...] about Top 5 Myths About Google, Inc.
The tech world is aflutter with rumors that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is working on a private dirigible airship. Universal History Archive/Kim Kulish/Getty Images Airships and dirigibles might seem like things from centuries past, but there are growing signs that lighter-than-air transportation may turn out to be the wave of the future. Both the Guardian and Bloomberg recently reported, for example, that Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a giant airship in a hangar at a northern California airfield. According to the Guardian account, the craft's price tag is in the $100-to-$150 million range, and it could end up being nearly 656 feet (200 meters) long, which would make it the world's largest aircraft. The Guardian reported that the airship is intended to transport food and supplies on humanitarian missions, and also to serve as a personal flying yacht for the billionaire. Google's parent company Alphabet, which took over Moffett Federal Airfield in 2015, revealed in its … [Read more...] about Could Google’s Sergey Brin Help Speed Along the Coming Airship Revolution?
Popular ridesharing app Uber recently invested $500 million into developing its own mapping system. filo/Getty Images There was a time when you had to scribble down handwritten directions or lug around an old dog-eared map if you wanted to know how to get from Point A and Point B — and avoid being lost along the way. Then came global positioning system (GPS) technology, first in the form of electronic mapping-and-directions systems installed in cars, and later in GPS applications for smartphones. So when Uber came along to shake up the transportation industry, it was no surprise that the ride-sharing industry it kickstarted did so by arming its legion of part-time drivers with Google Maps, the app designed to give users the most direct path to wherever they are going. But now it appears that Uber's getting into the mapping game itself. Uber is reportedly sinking $500 million into an effort to get its own unique mapping system off the ground. The idea is to wean drivers off of … [Read more...] about Is Uber Ditching Google to Develop Its Own Roadmaps?
There he is, Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, checking out a product launch at eBay headquarters in 2010. See more Googleplex pictures. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Google's headquarters is located in Mountainview, Calif., but it might as well be Mount Olympus given the company's wild success and seemingly unending acquisition spree. The Google search engine, which handled 70 percent of all online requests at the time we wrote this, is just the tip of a rapidly expanding empire. Over the years, Google has introduced a suite of innovative applications and services, ranging from Gmail and Google Apps to AdWords and AdSense. The company also has ventured into the smartphone fray (and is no doubt hatching new plans as we write). No wonder the company's stock consistently sells for $600 a share or higher on the Nasdaq exchange. What's astounding is not the level of success the company has achieved, but the timeline in which it has done it. IBM history dates back to 1911, … [Read more...] about Who invented Google?
This wonderful Doodle ran July 24, 2012, in honor of Amelia Earhart's 115th birthday. Google Google, when it comes to cutting-edge technology and out-of-the-box thinking, is a Silicon Valley front-runner. They make cool phones. They've built self-driving cars. They put out maps that your self-driving car can use. And little home speakers that you can talk to ... and they talk back! And they basically created their own verb by building the leading internet browser. So why is a forward-thinking company like Google doodling around with ... doodles? You may have seen these often whimsical doodly-thingies while tapping around on the globe's most-used search engine (that'd be, um, Google): Sketches (sometimes animated), rich paintings, full-out videos and interactive games that occasionally appear over the top of the Google search bar, where the Google logo normally sits. These little one-offs, adapted to different Google versions worldwide, incorporate the well-known logo into their … [Read more...] about ‘Doodles’ Make Googling an Art Form