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Happy birthday, Google!

By Tom Chatfield  

As the BBC and, doubtless, almost everybody else in the online information game is pointing out, google turns ten years old this weekend, a milestone marked among other things by the release of its new internet browser, Chrome (well, that was yesterday, but it’s close enough).

For a company to move within a decade from zero to a quarterly turnover of $5.7bn (£3.2bn), with net quarterly profit of $1.25bn, seems like a thoroughly modern experience—a phenomenon enabled by the almost unlimited proliferation of products and services that people are willing to buy, sell and, crucially, advertise online. Even the previous…

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