I've long been jealous of Kansas City (it has more fountains than any other city besides Rome!), and my reasons for jealousy have grown: Google is finally ready to install "thousands of miles of" fiber optic cable between the two Kansas Cities as part of its Google Fiber network. This means faster Internet speeds, which is even more important in our post-SOPA world (a whole two weeks later).
Google's always been a little bit hesitant to get into the hardware game, preferring instead to stick their software (and occasionally branding) on devices from others. But a new rumor suggests that Google may be working on a prototype for a pair of augmented reality glasses that they'll be marketing directly to the public.
C'mon everyone, that joke sold itself! But seriously, Google started selling branded watches in its company store in Mountain View, CA for those who wanted to show their love for Chrome, Android and "Google" on their wrists, and now these timepieces are available online.
In the race to take over the world, it seems like YouTube recently took some huge strides: in the past eight months, it's seen a 25 percent increase in videos (now at 4 billion), and users upload an hour of video per second. Oh, and it had more than one trillion playbacks in 2011.
Click through this interactive timeline to find out how Google got started and all of the major events since then that have contributed to its success.
In a bid to keep us even more unproductive at work, YouTube and Google Research have announced a new feature letting us vote for our favorite videos in a head-to-head bouts called "YouTube Slam."
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt is making a lot of promises lately. First he says that in six months the "majority" of TVs will run Google TV and now he claims that Google has a tablet — the Nexus Tablet — of some form, ready to be pushed out in six months.
It's hard to believe that just seven months ago Japan was rocked with an earthquake and tsunami. In good taste or not, Google had its Street View team drive over 27,000 miles through the torn up region to update its panoramic maps. The views remind us all just how catastrophic a natural disaster can be.
It probably won't surprise you that Google has a fleet of eight private jets. And as anyone with a fleet of eight private jets knows, finding a good place to stash them is never easy. Google has its eye on borrowing an old hangar at NASA's Ames Research Center, and not just any old hangar. It's the big one.
With $29.3 billion in revenue in 2010, Google had more than the GDP of the 28 poorest countries in the world combined. Check out the infographic below for more information on this multinational corporation.