Google empire? You better believe it! In 1996 two PhD students at Stanford, Larry Page and Sergei Brin began a research project. The search engines back in the 90s ranked pages according to how many times the keywords appeared on the page. But Larry and Sergei theorized a better system. Their new system ranked pages according to the importance of pages that linked back to the original site. Two years later they incorporated and started their business adventure in a friend’s garage. Since then, Google has grown into the world’s most powerful search engine. It has even entered the English language as a verb (to google something). Its rapid expansion has led to a series of acquisitions that have grown the original vision of the company to something much wider. Today, Alphabet Inc, (its new parent company) is involved with creating self-driving cars, health care, and even space travel. It has been rated one of the most innovative companies in the world and is constantly the envy of engineers everywhere (just ask your smart friends where they wish they could work). So, whether you are a techie, or you have trouble turning on your computer, these are 25 crazy insights into the world of the Google empire!
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When a Google employee dies, their spouse can receive half pay for up to 10 years and their kids receive $1000 per month until they turn 19.
16% of daily searches on Google are completely new. As in Google has never seen them before.
Microsoft has actually created rewards programs (financially oriented) in order to convince people to use Bing instead of Google.
The "I'm Feeling Lucky" button costs Google about $110 million annually because it bypasses all their ads.
Every minute, there are 2 million searches performed on Google.
Since Gmail launched on 1 April 2004, a lot of people just thought it was an April Fool's Day prank.
Google's first computer storage was actually made out of LEGO because they needed more space for their hard drives than was available at the time.
Google is developing a computer that can program itself (Neural Turing Machine).
From 2010 to 2014, Fortune Magazine named Google the best company to work for in the US.
Google was actually named by accident. Larry and Sergei misspelled "googol", which is a number followed by 100 zeroes.
Google favors dogs over cats. Even in their code of conduct it says that they are a "dog company".
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