Happy Anniversary, Google!
On September 4, 1998, Google was incorporated as a company. Google was the brainchild of two Ph.D. students at Stanford, Larry Page, (a U of M engineering grad) and Sergey Brin. Their search engine was different from others because they created software that could determine how many times a relevant website was linked to from other websites, sorted them and laid them out on an uncluttered screen. Google has been incredibly successful, reporting revenues of $5.52 billion in the second quarter of 2009. The Oxford English Dictionary added "google" as a verb in June, 2006.