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Sunday, May 23, 2004

Google IPO Update

“Google on Friday dealt another blow to Wall Street’s traditional way of handling new stock market listings as it appeared to do away with the idea of using a core group of banks to act as co-lead managers on its initial public offering.

The internet search engine company named a list of 31 banks and brokers that would act as underwriters for its $2.7bn IPO, which is expected later this summer.”
– Richard Waters, Google deals another blow to tradition (Financial Times), May 21 2004

“Google Inc. co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin each own nearly 16 percent of the Internet search engine leader that they launched nearly six years ago¬óstakes expected be worth at least $3 billion apiece after the company’s initial public offering of stock.

Other Google insiders in line for a major windfall include the company’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, with a 6 percent stake; board member K. Ram Shriram, with a 2.2 percent stake; and the company’s senior vice president of worldwide sales and field operations, Omid Kordestani, with a 1.9 percent stake.”
– Michael Liedtke, Google Co-Founders Hold 16 Percent Stakes (eWeek), May 22, 2004 [emphasis mine]

Audio Search

Now this is an interesting application: Speechbot implements audio search using speech recognition. There are 6,500 hours of shows indexed so far.

Google Poem

Bruce Stockler’s poem On the Web, in the Heart is made up of Google search results and serves as an extremely example of using rhetoric to organize data.

Hello BloggerBot

Hello is the official plug-in to publish pictures to Blogspot. Like Jason Shellen (who works for Blogger at Google) does with his Photoblog.

The Google Book

There are dozens of Google books around. But The Google Book sold on eBay has nothing to do with our search engine. Instead, according to Orangeberry, it’s “Colour illustrations of comical fantasy birds with accompanying Lear-esque verses”, first published in 1913. If you’re at eBay you might also want to stop for this rare Barney Google & Spark Plug toy from 1922. (If you are looking for Google the search engine, of course, the official Google accessories are waiting.)

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