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					Google Inc. is an American multinational corporation that provides
Internet-related products and services, including internet search, cloud
computing, software and advertising technologies.[6] Advertising revenues
from AdWords generate almost all of the company's profits.[7][8]

The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while both attended
Stanford University. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the
company's stake. Google was first incorporated as a privately held
company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on
August 19, 2004. The company's mission statement from the outset was "to
organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and
useful"[9] and the company's unofficial slogan is "Don't be
evil".[10][11] In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in
Mountain View, California.

Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products,
acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core web search
engine. The company offers online productivity software including email,
an office suite, and social networking. Google's products extend to the
desktop as well, with applications for web browsing, organizing and
editing photos, and instant messaging. Google leads the development of
the Android mobile operating system, as well as the Google Chrome OS
browser-only operating system,[12] found on specialized netbooks called
Chromebooks. Google has increasingly become a hardware company with its
partnerships with major electronics manufacturers on its high-end Nexus
series of devices and its acquisition of Motorola Mobility in May
2012,[13] as well as the construction of fiber-optic infrastructure in
Kansas City as part of the Google Fiber broadband Internet service
project.[14]

Google has been estimated to run over one million servers in data centers
around the world,[15] and process over one billion search requests[16]
and about twenty-four petabytes of user-generated data every
day.[17][18][19][20]

As of December 2012, Alexa listed the main U.S.-focused google.com site
as the Internet's most visited website and numerous international Google
sites as being in the top hundred, as well as several other Google-owned
sites such as YouTube and Blogger.[21] Google also ranks number two in
the BrandZ brand equity database.[22] The dominant market position of
Google's services has led to criticism of the company over issues
including privacy, copyright, and censorship.[23][24]

				
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