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By Abdur Abdul-Malik on 07-16-09
Breezy History of Google
This book gives an excellent overview of Google's history as well as a decent thumbnail sketch of the growth of the internet and the history of a few other companies as well--including Yahoo's bungling of search technology that allowed Google to eclipse them.
The author focuses a lot of his attention on showcasing the sometimes brilliant, sometimes serendipitous decisions the founders made that turned a company that was parked in a Stanford University dorm room into a multibillion dollar conglomerate that is rumored to be operating 1,000,000 computers (and growing).
Stross gives a fascinating account of Google's acquisition of YouTube as well as the concerns about privacy and copyright engendered by other projects the company is known for.
The narrator is good on the ears and you'll find yourself wishing there was more to listen to when you reach the end.
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