In its short 10 years of existence, Google has become one of the biggest players in the new economy. With the Internet giant touching everything from mobile phones to mapping software, its empire is seemingly endless.
Founded in 1998 by two US university students, the Google search engine has transformed into a multinational corporation with a market value of over 100 billion dollars. This year the company introduced the Internet Chrome browser, the cellphone platform Android, and Green Energy initiatives, marking important steps in its diversification. For now it continues to earn most of its revenue from on-line advertising. But that may soon change.
Some fear that Google will lose sight of its core competency and purpose, organizing and collating the massive amount of information on the worldwide Web. But for the moment, it remains one of the most rapidly growing and influential new technology companies in the world.
Launched on October 22, the Google Phone is making its debut in the US mobile phone market. By incorporating its search engine technology to cellphones, Google has oriented its development strategy in a whole new direction.
The famous search engine that propelled Google to unrivalled leadership of the market employs some 2,000 engineers in Silicon Valley, California. Though struggling to find their niche in Google’s shadow, competitors remain undeterred.
The world's leading search engine Google has revealed the list of most popular Web searches for 2008. Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin tops the list, followed by the Beijing Olympics and the homepage of social network site Facebook.
Network operator T-Mobile's US unit presents the first mobile phone to run on Google's Android software on Tuesday. Built by the Taiwanese company HTC, the phone is to go on sale in the USA in October and is expected to be launched in Europe in 2009.
A proposed online-advertising deal between Internet giants Yahoo and Google is to be scrutinised by EU competition regulators. The World Association of Newspapers has already denounced what it calls an anti-competitive agreement.
Google, Inc. introduced its own Web browser on Tuesday, in a move that will rival Microsoft’s omnipresent 'Internet Explorer'. 'Google Chrome' will be initially launched in beta version in 100 countries, according to Google's official blog.
Online encyclopedia Wikipedia now has a serious competitor: Knol, launched this week by Google. Wikipedia has about 9 million articles in more than 200 languages and is among the most visited websites in the world.
A US court has ordered Internet giant Google to provide YouTube users' information to Viacom. YouTube, the video Web site which Google has owned since 2006, was accused by media group Viacom of intellectual property piracy.
Internet search behemoth Google opened up a new front against rival Microsoft by launching Google Health, a highly anticipated service designed to enable US Web users to store and manage their health care information online.
The EU competition watchdog has cleared the way for Google's takeover of online advertising specialist DoubleClick. The US web giant can now add European markets and state-of-the-art video ads to its portfolio.
A new trend of publishing books online has put Google under the spotlight. Competitors claim the web giant is playing dirty to keep its spot at the top of the online library industry, while some even say Google is invading Europe's cultural heritage.