A look back at the tech giant's major milestones and most talked-about moments.
Created by washingtonpost on Jan 26, 2011
Last updated: 03/07/11 at 09:44 AM
The move comes as the company tries to maintain its dominance online in the face of growing rivals such as Facebook. Schmidt stays on as executive chairman.
After Google said that it had collected data from WiFi networks in U.S. homes through its Street View mapping program, the FTC and FCC both launched investigations. Foreign governments, including Canada, Germany, Czech Republic and the U.K., also criticized the firm over the privacy flap.
The software and hardware bundle is supposed to make browsing the Web as easy on the big screen as on the little one when it ships this fall.
The move came after a sophisticated computer network attack originating in China and targeted its e-mail service and corporate infrastructure.
The deal fell apart after the Justice Department signaled it would oppose it because it could help the dominant Web company become a monopoly. The forced abandonment of the deal represents an embarrassing setback for Google.
The company's Web browser debuts.
Within a few years, smartphones powered by Android will become the chief competition for Apple's popular iPhone.
In a deal worth $1.65 billion, the search giant bets on the future of online video by purchasing the Silicon Valley start-up.
The move is a symbol of what a cultural phenomenon the search engine has become.
Stocks were set to begin trading at $85 per share.
Their SEC filing showed that the firm exploded from sales of $220,000 in 1999 to nearly $1 billion in 2003.
The Web-based e-mail service was invitation-only when it first rolled out. It was later expanded so anyone could open an account.
The Washington Post columnist Leslie Walker wrote, "Despite the service's glitches, Google's human-free newscast may prove to be habit forming because it's so dynamic, changing more frequently than most publications it indexes."
Co-founders Page and Brin were named President of Products and President of Technology, respectively, as Schmidt was tasked with giving some "adult supervision" to the burgeoning start-up.
The former CEO of Novell signs on to Google as executive chairman.
The firm expands beyond English and offers its services in French, German, Swedish and seven other languages. In the years to follow, that number would grow even larger.
The Stanford graduate students' creation is called BackRub, but would be changed to Google the following year.