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Five-minute video visualizes history of human culture

Five-minute video visualizes history of human culture

DALLAS, Aug. 1 (UPI) --Maximilian Schich, an art historian, has condensed 2,600 years of so-called 'human cultural history,' from 600 BCE to 2012, into a five minute animation.
Brooks Hays
Westboro Baptist Church targets tech companies

Westboro Baptist Church targets tech companies

TOPEKA, Kan., July 31 (UPI) --The Westboro Baptist Church has decided to target tech companies with protests on its "God hates the media" tour.
Aileen Graef
Facebook's Internet.org launches first app in Zambia

Facebook's Internet.org launches first app in Zambia

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 31 (UPI) --Facebook's non-profit project, Internet.org, launched a new app in Zambia that will give users access to free basic mobile data service.
Ananth Baliga
Google adds Hangouts to its business apps

Google adds Hangouts to its business apps

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 30 (UPI) --Google announced Wednesday they will add Hangouts to its suite of business apps, where users will require only Google Apps login and not a Google+ account.
Ananth Baliga
U.K. green lights driverless cars come January

U.K. green lights driverless cars come January

LONDON, July 30 (UPI) --The U.K. government announced Wednesday it was launching a research fund to test driverless cars, which could hit the streets as early as January 2014.
Ananth Baliga
Samsung postpones Tizen smartphone launch in Russia

Samsung postpones Tizen smartphone launch in Russia

SUWON, South Korea, July 28 (UPI) --Samsung is postponing the launch of its Tizen smartphone in Russia, dealing a small blow to the company's attempts to promote its operating system.
Ananth Baliga
Police track woman who left mysterious porcelain dolls in California

Police track woman who left mysterious porcelain dolls in California

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., July 25 (UPI) --Porcelain dolls left on doorsteps in a Southern California community that some people found "creepy" were the work of a woman trying to be nice, police said.
Frances Burns
Google purchases Twitch for $1 billion

Google purchases Twitch for $1 billion

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 25 (UPI) --Google reportedly went ahead with its $1 billion purchase of Twitch, validating growth seen in sites that allow users to stream video of their gameplay online.
Ananth Baliga
ISIS edict on female genital mutilation likely false

ISIS edict on female genital mutilation likely false

BAGHDAD, July 24 (UPI) --An edict attributed to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria mandating female genital mutilation in the northern Iraq city of Mosul is now believed to be a fake.
JC Finley
Facebook posts strong Q2 profits, mobile ad revenues surge

Facebook posts strong Q2 profits, mobile ad revenues surge

MENLO PARK, Calif., July 24 (UPI) --Facebook reported Thursday profits that more than doubled and revenues that met expectations, as the social network strengthened its mobile presence.
Ananth Baliga
Apple reports 12.7 percent gain in iPhone sales

Apple reports 12.7 percent gain in iPhone sales

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) --Apple announced Tuesday that they saw an almost 13 percent jump in iPhone sales last quarter, selling more than 35 million iPhones in three months.
Aileen Graef
Republicans Google 'global warming' during severe weather, according to search analysis

Republicans Google 'global warming' during severe weather, according to search analysis

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) --Only one in four Americans said climate change was a "major threat," making the U.S. the least concerned nation.
Brooks Hays
Schools purchase more than 1 million Chromebooks last quarter

Schools purchase more than 1 million Chromebooks last quarter

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 21 (UPI) --Google said it sold more than one million low-cost Chromebook laptops to schools last quarter, giving Apple's iPad stiff competition in the education segment.
Ananth Baliga
Microsoft accepting Europe's 'right to be forgotten' requests

Microsoft accepting Europe's 'right to be forgotten' requests

BRUSSELS, July 17 (UPI) --Microsoft's search engine Bing as started accepting "right to be forgotten" requests from European users, following a ruling by the Court of Justice in May.
Ananth Baliga
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Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, attends the opening plenary session where he will speak during the sixth annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative on September 21, 2010 in New York. The Initiative brings together numerous current and former heads of state who make commitments to address global issues such as poverty, environment and social conditions. UPI /Monika Graff
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Google Inc. is an American multinational public corporation invested in Internet search, cloud computing, and advertising technologies. Google hosts and develops a number of Internet-based services and products, and generates profit primarily from advertising through its AdWords program. The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, often dubbed the "Google Guys", while the two were attending Stanford University as PhD candidates. It 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 twenty 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 Paul Buchheit – is "Don't be evil". In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Google runs over one million servers in data centers around the world, and processes over one billion search requests and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every day. 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 its Gmail email service, and social networking tools, including Orkut and, more recently, Google Buzz. Google's products extend to the desktop as well, with applications such as the web browser Google Chrome, the Picasa photo organization and editing software, and the Google Talk instant messaging application. Notably, Google leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, used on a number of phones such as the Nexus One and Motorola Droid. Alexa lists the main U.S.-focused google.com site as the Internet's most visited website, and numerous international Google sites (google.co.in, google.co.uk etc.) are in the top hundred, as are several other Google-owned sites such as YouTube, Blogger, and Orkut. Google is also BrandZ's most powerful brand in the world. The dominant market position of Google's services has led to criticism of the company over issues including privacy, copyright, and censorship.

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California.

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