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Googled, By Ken Auletta
Friday 08 April 2011
The view from the Google campus at Mountain View changes all the time. Co-founder Larry Page now takes the reins as CEO from Eric Schmidt, who guided student wizards Page and Sergey Brin along the way towards a monster corporation.
Given this ongoing revolution, Ken Auletta fashions as near a definitive history as possible of the first dozen years of the search tool-turned-global data behemoth. (It might have been BackRub – or Whatbox.)
Though Google's don't-be-evil ethos has taken knocks from censorship to book digitisation, he shows how swiftly it re-boots. Yet it remains an overgrown adolescent in thrall to "the power and precariousness of a culture shaped by... founders". Auletta will have updating tasks for some time to come.
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