Type Public NASDAQ: GOOG NASDAQ-100 Component S&P 500 Component Internet Computer software Telecoms equipment Menlo Park, California (September 4, 1998)[1][2] Larry Page, Sergey Brin Googleplex, Mountain View, California, U.S.[3] Worldwide Joseph Bailey (Co-founder) Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman) Larry Page (Co-founder & CEO) Sergey Brin (Co-founder) See list of Google products US$59.82 billion (2013)[4] US$ 13.96 billion (2013)[4] US$12.92 billion (2013)[4] US$ 110.92 billion (2013)[4] US\$ 87.30 billion (2013)[4] 47,756 (Q4 2013)[5] AdMob, DoubleClick, On2 Technologies, Picnik, YouTube, Zagat, Waze, Blogger, SlickLogin, Boston Dynamics, Bump, Nest Labs, DeepMind Technologies, WIMM One, VirusTotal google.com References: [6]

Google is one of the largest search engines on the World Wide Web (WWW). Search engines also do other things than searching. Other search engines (for example, AOL) use its software and information (database) too. That makes it the most-used search engine on the web. Every day, 200 million (200,000,000) people use it. Google's main office ("Googleplex") is in Mountain View, California, USA.

With Google, people can also search for pictures, Usenet newsgroups, news, and things to buy online. By June 2004, Google had 4.28 billion web pages on its database, 880 million (880,000,000) pictures and 845 million (845,000,000) Usenet messages — six billion things.

"To google," as an action word (verb) means "to search for something on Google". Because Google is so popular (more than half of people on the web use it) it has been used to mean "to search the web". Google dislikes this use since the name of the company is a trademark.

## History

Google was started in early 1996 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, two students at Stanford University, USA. It used to be called Backrub. Later, they made it into a company, Google Inc., on September 7, 1998 at a friend's garage in Menlo Park, California. In February 1999, the company moved to 165 University Ave., Palo Alto, California. Later that year, it moved to another place, now called the "Googleplex".

In September 2001, Google's rating system ("PageRank", for saying which information is more helpful) got a U.S. Patent. The patent was to Stanford University, with Lawrence (Larry) Page as the inventor (the person who first had the idea).

Google makes an important, though shrinking, percentage of its money through its friends like America Online and InterActiveCorp. It has a special group known as the Partner Solutions Organization (PSO) which helps make contracts, helps making accounts better, and gives engineering help.

The name "Google" is a misspelling of the word googol.[7][8] Milton Sirotta, nephew of U.S. mathematician Edward Kasner, made this word in 1938, for the number 1 followed by one hundred zeroes ($10^{100}$). It is said that the word "googol" was chosen as a name for this number because it sounded like baby talk. Google uses this word because the company wants to make lots of stuff on the Web easy to find and use. Andy Bechtolsheim first thought of the name.

The name for Google's main office, the "Googleplex," is a play on a different, even bigger number, the "googolplex", which is 1 followed by one googol of zeroes.

## References

1. "Company". Google. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
2. Claburn, Thomas. "Google Founded By Sergey Brin, Larry Page... And Hubert Chang?!?". InformationWeek. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
4. "Google Inc, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date Jan 29, 2013". secdatabase.com. Retrieved Mar 8, 2013.
5. "Form 10-K". Washington, D.C.: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 2010. Part II, Item 6. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
6. Koller, David. "Origin of the name, "Google." Stanford University. January, 2004.
7. "Google revolution", How it Works (Imagine Publishing) (37): 40-43, 2012-08-09

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