Google Doodle celebrates the 23rd anniversary of the search engine


A birthday cake for Google as it turns 23.

Google Doodle

Google turns 23 on Monday with a new Doodle. The animated Doodle features a layered birthday cake with rainbow sprinkles and the number 23 written on top. The search giant’s name, which is also covered in frosting and sprinkles, floats above and the shimmering green birthday candle replaces the “L” in “Google.”

Officially created on September 4, 1998, Google was co-founded by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. In 1997, Brin, then a graduate student at Stanford University, was assigned to show Page around the campus. The following year, the couple developed the first Google prototype together in their dorms.

Sundar Pichai, the current CEO of Google and its parent company, Alphabet, took over from Page in 2015.

Since those beginnings, Google has become one of the most expansive technology companies in the world. With its market dominance came heightened surveillance legislators, regulators and its own employees. In July, a group of state attorneys from 36 US states and Washington, DC, sued Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws with its Play Store for Android apps. In recent years, Google employees have protested and accused the search giant’s management of retaliation against some of its employees. Google and Alphabet employees have also formed a union so they have a “meaningful say” in decisions.


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