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is an American
corporation specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include
technologies. Most of its profits derive from
Google was founded by
while they were
. Together they own about 16 percent of its stake. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An
initial public offering
followed on August 19, 2004. Its
from the outset was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", and its unofficial slogan was "
Don't be evil
". In 2006 Google moved to headquarters in
Mountain View, California
Rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products,
, and partnerships beyond
Google's core search engine
. It offers online
products include applications for web browsing, organizing and
. The company leads the development of the
and the browser-only
Google Chrome OS
for a specialized type of
known as a
. Google has moved increasingly into communications hardware: it partners with major electronics manufacturers in production of its high-end
devices and acquired
in May 2012. In 2012, a fiber-optic infrastructure was installed in
to facilitate a
The corporation has been estimated to run more than one million servers in data centers around the world and to process over one billion search requests and about twenty-four
s of user-generated data each day.
In December 2012
listed google.com as the most visited website in the world. Numerous Google sites in other languages figure in the top one hundred, as do several other Google-owned sites such as
. Google ranks second in the
brand equity database. Its market dominance has led to
over issues including
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