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"Google Inc. ("NASDAQGOOG) is an American "multinational Internet and software corporation specialized in "Internet search, "cloud computing, and advertising technologies. It hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and "products. The company was founded by "Larry Page and "Sergey Brin while the two were attending "Stanford University as "Ph.D. candidates.

Google 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 20 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.

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 the "Gmail email service, the Google "Google Docs, Sheets and Slides office suite, and the "Google+ social networking service. Google's products extend to the desktop as well, with applications such as the "Google Chrome web browser, the "Google Photos photo organizing and editing software, and "Google Talk "instant messaging. Google leads the development of the "Android mobile "operating system, as well as the "Google Chrome OS browser-only operating system, found on specialized "laptops called "Chromebooks.


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Android is a "mobile operating system (OS) based on the "Linux kernel and currently developed by "Google. With a "user interface based on "direct manipulation, Android is designed primarily for "touchscreen mobile devices such as "smartphones and "tablet computers, with specialized user interfaces for televisions ("Android TV), cars ("Android Auto), and wrist watches ("Android Wear). The OS uses touch inputs that loosely correspond to real-world actions, like swiping, tapping, pinching, and reverse pinching to manipulate on-screen objects, and a "virtual keyboard. Despite being primarily designed for touchscreen input, it also has been used in "game consoles, "digital cameras, regular PCs (e.g. the HP Slate 21) and other electronics. Android is the "most widely used mobile OS and, as of 2013, the highest selling OS overall.
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""Larry Page in 2009
Lawrence "Larry" Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American "computer scientist who, along with "Sergey Brin, is best known as co-founder of "Google in 1998. Page ran Google as co-president along with Brin until 2001, when they hired "Eric Schmidt as Chairman and CEO of Google. Page is the inventor of "PageRank, the foundation of Google's search ranking algorithm. As of December 2014, Page owns about 16 percent of Google, and his personal wealth was estimated to be US$28.7 billion, ranking him number 17 on the "Forbes list of billionaires.
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Browser usage over time, including "Google Chrome
  • ...that "Google Chrome is the most widely used web browser in the world, with a 52% usage share as of November 2014?
  • ...that Google executives "Larry Page, "Sergey Brin, and "Eric Schmidt have agreed to work together at Google until 2024?
  • ...that Google's "initial public offering offered over 19 million shares, at a price of $85 per share?
  • ...that "Google X is Google's semi-secretive facility dedicated to making major technological advancements, including Google's "self-driving car?
  • ...Google "has acquired over 170 companies?


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This is an exciting development for preventive healthcare industry. It is likely to spur a range of other innovations towards miniaturizing technology and using it in wearable devices to help people monitor their bodies better.
— Manoj Menon, commenting on Google's "smart contact lens" that measure glucose levels
"Google unveils 'smart contact lens' to measure glucose levels" from "BBC
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