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Google Celebrates 13th Birthday

(September 29, 2011)

"Google has just hit its awkward teenage years"

Google celebrated its 13th birthday with a simple and classy main-page “Doodle”: A homey, scrapbooked image of the colorful logo surrounded by an uber-traditional setting of cake, presents and balloons. A landmark worthy of Hallmark. The literal “Google Image.”

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Google Celebrates 13th Birthday

In a move that could transform the company yet again, Google in 2011, entered into an agreement to acquire the mobile phone maker Motorola Mobility for about US$12.5 billion. Also in 2011, in one of the largest settlements ever, Google agreed to pay $500 million to settle a case involving the importation of illegal prescription drugs into the United States.

Over the last 13 years, Google has done an enormous amount to make the lives of many people easier and more productive. It's made a few missteps along the way, and it will undoubtedly make a few in the future. By and large, though, it appears to have tried to live up to its motto, "Don't be evil." That's something most of Google's users hope the company will continue to do for the next 13 years of its existence.

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