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50 Awesome Facts about the Tech Giant that is Google

1AT&T

AT&T Charges $40-$50 less for gigabit broadband in markets where Google Fiber exists. - Source


2. In 2010, when Google replaced their logo with playable Pacman, users spent an extra 36 seconds on the page. Assuming this time was wasted, it resulted in a $120 million loss in man hours.


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3. An error of Costa Rica's border on Google Maps led to an invasion of Costa Rica by the army of Nicaragua. Google responded, saying that their Maps "shouldn't be used as a reference to decide military actions between countries". - Source


4. Google hires a flock of 200 goats regularly to chew away the grass in their lawns rather than using land-mowers. - Source


5. The CEO of YouTube, Susan Wojcicki, is the woman who rented her garage to Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998 when they were creating Google. - Source


6Death of Google employee

When a Google employee dies their spouses receive half pay from the company for 10 years and their children receive 1,000 dollars per month until they are at least 19. - Source


7. Google hires programmers through their own search engine. - Source


8. In August 2013, Google went down for 5 minutes and, as a result, took 40% of all internet traffic with it. - Source


9. Google became more valuable than Russia's entire stock market back in December 2014. - Source


10. The pacemaker, fridges, WiFi and Google Maps are all Australian inventions.


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11YouTube

When Google built a neural network and connected it to YouTube, it spontaneously taught itself to recognize cats with 74.8% accuracy. - Source


12. Yahoo turned down the chance to buy Google for $1 million in 1997. - Source


13. Google paid a fine of $22.5 million for illegal data collection, $500 million for knowingly allowing fraudulent pharmacies to advertise on their site, and were accused of profiting from women sex trafficking by 38 different anti-trafficking organizations. - Source


14. Google avoided $2 billion in taxes in 2012, by transferring royalty payments from its Irish and Dutch subsidiaries to a Bermuda unit, which was simply headquartered in a local law firm. - Source


15. In late 2004, Samsung had the opportunity to buy Android but passed on the investment because they did not see any potential. Google acquired it two weeks later.


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16Amazon tribes

Tribes in the Amazon are using technology like GPS and Google Earth to map their lands, monitor for illegal logging and mining, and maintain ties to their history and cultural traditions including knowledge of medicinal plants. - Source


17. When C-SPAN asked for illegal copies of Stephen Colbert's controversial 2006 White House Correspondents' Dinner speech to be removed from Youtube, Google bought the rights to the video and thereby saved the viral videos which were already watched 2.7 million times in under 48 hours. - Source


18. In 1999, Google brought in 16 students to test out their search engine. Upon reaching the site, they sat still for 45 seconds just staring. Worried, Google finally asked what was wrong. All 16 responded the same: they were waiting for the rest of the page to load. - Source


19. A UK teenager secretly painted a p*nis on top of his house and was caught over a year later when his parents looked at their house on Google Earth. - Source


20. Shaq was one of the original investors in Google and Vitaminwater but passed up on Starbucks because he didn't drink coffee. - Source


21Södertälje

When Fiat workers discovered that a Google's street view car was mapping Södertälje, Sweden, they sent a Fiat to tail it for 45 minutes and have it captured on street view in front of Volkswagen's headquarters. - Source


22. On the day of his death, "Heath Ledger" was understandably the number 1 search on Google. Number 2 was "Keith Ledger". - Source


23. A man named Robert Wiggen, who spent 3 years in prison, started a website that posts mug shots taken from police department websites and makes them easily searchable on sites like Google and then charges money to have the images removed. His own mug shot is absent from the site. - Source


24. In 2001, Neopets was the 4th most trafficked website on the internet, 8 spots in front of Google. - Source


25. Google Maps calculates traffic by tracking how fast Android devices are moving on the road. - Source

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