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Amazing IMAGES of Google's new office in Israel

Last updated on: February 7, 2013 10:19 IST

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Google's new office in Tel Aviv, Israel, is simply beautiful. The office, which takes up seven of eight floors of the building, has trees, picnic tables and is dotted with some amazing design.

Let's take a look at this incredible office, courtesy of Itay Sikolski, a photographer based in Israel who specialises in architecture photography. His full work can be seen here.

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Image: A woman surfs Google home page on an Apple Ipad tablet in Bordeaux, Southwestern France.
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Google is an American multinational corporation that provides Internet-related products and services, including Internet search, cloud computing, software and advertising technologies.

Advertising revenues from AdWords generate almost all of the company's profits.

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The company was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while both attended Stanford University. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 per cent of the company's stake.

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Google was first incorporated as a privately held company on September 4, 1998, and its initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004.

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The company's mission statement from the outset was "to organise the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful".

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In 2006, the company moved to its current headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond the company's core web search engine.

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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, organising and editing photos, and instant messaging.

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Google leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, as well as the Google Chrome OS browser-only operating system, found on specialised netbooks called Chromebooks.

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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, as well as the construction of fiber-optic infrastructure in Kansas City as part of the Google Fiber broadband Internet service project.

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Google has been estimated to run over one million servers in data centres around the world, and process over one billion search requests and about 24 petabytes of user-generated data every day.

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As of December 2012, Alexa listed the main US-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.

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Google also ranks number two in the BrandZ brand equity database. The dominant market position of Google's services has led to criticism of the company over issues including privacy, copyright, and censorship.

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Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California.

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While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, the two theorized about a better system that analysed the relationships between websites.

They called this new technology PageRank, where a website's relevance was determined by the number of pages, and the importance of those pages, that linked back to the original site.

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A small search engine called "RankDex" from IDD Information Services designed by Robin Li was, since 1996, already exploring a similar strategy for site-scoring and page ranking. The technology in RankDex would be patented and used later when Li founded Baidu in China.

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Page and Brin originally nicknamed their new search engine "BackRub", because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site.

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Eventually, they changed the name to Google, originating from a misspelling of the word "googol", the number one followed by one hundred zeros, which was picked to signify that the search engine wants to provide large quantities of information for people.

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Originally, Google ran under the Stanford University website, with the domains google.stanford.edu and z.stanford.edu.

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The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998.

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It was based in a friend's garage in Menlo Park, California. Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford, was hired as the first employee.

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In May 2011, the number of monthly unique visitors to Google surpassed one billion for the first time, an 8.4 per cent increase from May 2010 (931 million).

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In January of 2013, Google announced it had earned $50 billion in annual revenue for the year of 2012. This marked the first time Google had reached this feat, topping their 2011 total of $38 billion.

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The first funding for Google was an August 1998 contribution of $100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, given before Google was even incorporated.

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Early in 1999, while still graduate students, Brin and Page decided that the search engine they had developed was taking up too much of their time from academic pursuits.

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They went to Excite CEO George Bell and offered to sell it to him for $1 million. He rejected the offer, and later criticised Vinod Khosla, one of Excite's venture capitalists, after he had negotiated Brin and Page down to $750,000.

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On June 7, 1999, a $25 million round of funding was announced, with major investors including the venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Sequoia Capital.

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Google's initial public offering took place five years later on August 19, 2004. At that time Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt agreed to work together at Google for 20 years, until the year 2024.

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The company offered 19,605,052 shares at a price of $85 per share. Shares were sold in a unique online auction format using a system built by Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse, underwriters for the deal.

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In March 1999, the company moved its offices to Palo Alto, California, home to several other noted Silicon Valley technology startups. The next year, against Page and Brin's initial opposition toward an advertising-funded search engine, Google began selling advertisements associated with search keywords.


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