Sunday, October 09, 2005

Silicon Valley: Google's small steps, giant leaps

MercuryNews.com | 10/09/2005 | Google's small steps, giant leaps: "Google's small steps, giant leaps

INTERNET TITAN IS EXPLORING, EXPERIMENTING AND AIMING HIGH

By Michael Bazeley

Mercury News

Is Google taking over the universe? You may be forgiven for thinking so, given the events of the past couple of weeks.

In a short, seven-day span recently, Google revealed plans to partner with NASA on research, offered to provide free WiFi to the city of San Francisco and announced it would collaborate with Sun Microsystems in creating desktop software for office workers.

Seemingly every week brings a new announcement from the Mountain View Googleplex, each one bigger than the last and each provoking wide-eyed speculation -- and confusion -- about the 7-year-old company's ambitions."

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