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Google is a large web services corporation and a societal icon. Based on current investor reports, it drives the most valuable publically traded company in the world. Google is best known for its productivity tools and enterprise services, which include the Google Internet search engine, Android mobile operating system, YouTube video service, AdWords advertising, Chrome web browser, Google Maps, and Gmail among many other tools and services. Google is significant both as the corporate provider of those popular services and for its outsized impacts on culture and society. The first half of this entry focuses on Google’s history and services. The second half focuses on Google’s broader impacts on culture.

The Company

Google is technically a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., a publically traded (NASDAQ: GOOGL) holding company ...

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