Posts Tagged ‘search engine’

A Change in Google’s Management

April 15, 2011

Larry Page, one of the co-founders of Google, has made some major changes to management ranks at the Internet search giant.  The Los Angeles Times reports that Page promoted seven executives from the company to run various divisions within it.  That being said, the move was said to make an effort to “restore the sense of urgency and innovation that drove Google’s prior success.”

With co-founder Larry Page returning to his top position in Google, he has made some big changes to Google's management in an effort to restore a sense of urgency and innovation, driving forces of the company's early years.Andy Rubin, who is in charge of Android mobile phone software; Salar Kamangar, who runs YouTube and videos; Sundar Pichai, head of the Chrome Web Browser and operating system; and Vic Gundotra, who is in charge of Google’s social networking strategy, are all being promoted to Senior VP roles.  Existing Senior VPs, meanwhile, will take over various departments throughout the company.  All these changes are being made to bolster performance in parts of Google’s business that has seen little growth.

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Taylor P.

 

Google maintains its tradition of April Fool’s Day hoaxes

April 1, 2010

Google never fails to disappoint when announcing products or services, real or fake, since April Fool's Day, 2000, and maintains its tradition of April Fool's Day hoaxes by renaming the company, "Topeka", in April 2010.Google never fails to disappoint when announcing new products or services, real or fake, since April Fool’s Day, 2000, except in 2001.

Google never fails to disappoint when announcing products or services, real or fake, since April Fool's Day, 2000, and maintains its tradition of April Fool's Day hoaxes by renaming the company, "Topeka".On April 1, 2010, users of Google found that the search engine company changed its logo to “Topeka”, alluding to Topeka, Kansas, one of the communities in the United States vying for Google’s “ultra high-speed” broadband network known as Google Fiber.  The search engine’s blog discusses the similarities between the growth of the company and the state capital of Kansas, as well as the ramifications of the abrupt name change with its services and products.  As acknowledgment to its verbification, the blog also discusses the proper usage of “Topeka”.

Google has had a tradition of announcing new services on April 1, leading many to believe that every release would be fake, such as Google MentalPlex in 2000, Pigeon Rank in 2002, and Google Copernicus Center, which offered engineering positions at their lunar hosting and research center on the Moon, in 2004.  However, Google also announced Gmail, a free, advertising-supported webmail service.  Gmail’s storage capacity of 1 GB, unheard of at a time when webmail offered free storage from 2 to 4MB, led people to believe that Gmail was a hoax, but the service, albeit invitation-only, later proved legitimate.

Read about all of the April Fool’s Day hoaxes that Google has taken part of for nearly a decade here.  The carefully crafted humor reflects Google’s employees and the company’s business culture at each release.  What April Fool’s Day hoaxes will Google come up with in the future?  We shall wait and see.

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Francis M. Unson