Who Owns Google And Who Does Google Own?
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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2008
by Asher Ricard
Google is the talk on the Internet. A simple "Google" search brings back almost two billion sites. Not to mention the effect the company has on our generation. We can find information within the time it takes to click a button. If it is online, Google has it. We no longer search on the internet, we "google it." We are able to see a snapshot of our house up close and online because of the company. It is kind of eerie how much this company controls. I can't imagine my own life without Google.
As for the acquisitions Google has-the list is endless. According to mydigmedia.com, Google owns:
Neotonic Software-for CRM
Applied Semantics-for search
Kaltix Corp-for context sensitve search
Genius Labs-for blogging
Ignite Logic-web templates for law firms
Picassa-digi photo management
Keyhole Group-digital mapping
Where 2 Technologies-digital mapping
ZipDash-maps and traffic for mobile devices
Dodgeball-mobile social networking
Reqwireless Inc.-Java browser
Current Communications Group-broadband internet
Android-software for mobile phone o/s
Transformic Inc-search engine for deep/invisible web
Skia-graphics software engineering
DMarc Broadcasting-digital radio broadcasting
Measure Map-analytics for blogs
Upstartle-Writely, document editor for the web
@Last Software-SketchUp 3D modeling
Orion-Referral search engine
Neven Vision-automatic information extraction from jpgs
Jotspot Ind-wiki platform for websites
YouTube-online video company
Xunlei-filesharing app for the web
Adscape Media-in-game advertising
Gapminder's Trendalyzer-presentation software
Doubleclick-ad platform for the web
Tonic Systems-document conversion technology
Marratech-video conferencing technology
Green Border Technologies-secure web browsing tech
Panoramio-photo site sharing for Google Earth
Feedbumer-RSS feed distribution analytics and management
GrandCentral-mobile voice management
Postini-communications security and compliance
As you can see, Google does not own Yahoo. That can of course change in the upcoming months. Google has a lot of initiatives still to come. They recently released what they refer to as Android operating system, which very well could take over the Iphone market as well.
Sergey Brin and Larry Page both started Google while in their twenties. The two met in the science program at Stanford. They dropped out of school and started Google from a friends' garage in 1998. Brin currently serves as president of technology at Google and Page heads product division. The two are said to be worth $18 billion.
Google controls the majority of the Internet. I happen to think this is not a bad thing. They seem to be innovative, responsible, generous and just plain brilliant. I think if anyone can keep moving technology forward, it is Google. I would not mind them controlling the net. They seem to be doing an excellent job so far. Only time will tell though as far as the future is concerned. I, for one, look forward to seeing what Google controls or comes up with next!
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» left by Baghead Kelly from Aust 1 year 108 days ago.
My apologies I missed Youtube buried two thirds the way down the list
» left by Pete from UK 1 year 73 days ago.
Anything this powerful is a threat to liberty. They can do what they like, and are intruding more and more into our personal information. Now I'm told by Google that the ad I was running with Adwords is not being allowed because my site lacks enough content and too many ads! The site is a business site and provides the information to visitors I wish it to. It has pages of content and only two small square box ads apart from the Google adsense skyscraper! Yet they claim it 'violates' Googles policy of too many ads to content as if it's just an ad farm which it isn't.
It is no business of Google's to judge sites. It's arrogance, and it's what you get from the too-powerful. Forget governments, Google could become the police state all on its own, it is gathering vast amnounts of information, holds archives not just of websites but of our searches. It is inherently dangerous and I don't share the writer#s sanguinity or optimism. Facebook is showing the same tendency to megalomania.
» left by Annoyed by BIG Brother 1 year 72 days ago.
I see Google as an enemy to be!!! before they owned Youtube i never needed a Gmail account to log into Youtube. That later changed, you know need Gmail to log into Youtube, which is complete bull$%&*@$%&. Now they are asking for your phone number, just in case you forget your password. You can skip that option for now, just like then you could skip the option to connect Youtube and Gmail. I also saw a video that explained the RELATIONSHIP
between the Federal Government and Google.. How they copy and review EVERY MAIL SENT OR RECIEVED....Which is an invasion of privacy, and now THE NEW POLICY SETTINGS..
» left by john from lagos badagry oko-afo 1 year 62 days ago.
GOOGLE IS THE BEST FOR ANY KIND OF THING YOU WHEN
» left by mink 1 year 39 days ago.
I fear the US government will be infiltrating Google to ascertain who, what, when, where and why.......................it is a powerful tool and I have used extensively but do not like the direction US government is taking. I am a private person and do not wish for the US government to know what I am looking at whether it be wikipidia, dictionary, history....none of their business.
» left by Dave from AZ 364 days 15 hours ago.
Google claims that after a user has used their services for about 3 years, they can predict with amazing accuracy, where the user will be at any moment during the day.
Hello big brother Google.
» left by GetSickCure from Philippines 352 days 6 hours ago.
Never really know who owns Google?
» left by Victim from USA 350 days 11 hours ago.
Google posts things out of context when you Google your email.You will see. I can't wait till whole USA files the class action and the lawsuits begin. Its one sided and emails will have to be copyrighted so google can pay me for every search done as I'm not a business nor a celebrity to Use my posts out of context.As has been done here. Have you Goggled your email today? Mabe you should.
» left by Sithabiseni from Cape town 262 days 15 hours ago.
How many money do get per day
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