Google is an American company specializing in Internet-based services and products. It is one of the most widely used search engines, and has developed technologies for cloud computing and social networking.
The world's most successful Internet search engine was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were PhD students at Stanford University. Google's mission statement was "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". The company's unofficial slogan was "Don't be evil." Google's initial public offering was made on August 19, 2004. In the years since then it has expanded beyond the search engine to develop a chain of services for cloud computing as well as acquiring successful products such as YouTube. Google leads the development of Android mobile operating systems. The company's market dominance has invited criticism over issues such as copyright infringement, censorship and privacy protection. This page is a collection of DW's latest content related to Google.
Facebook caused a stir when it blocked news content in the country last week. The block came in the midst of escalating tensions with the Australian government, which had proposed a new law that would force Facebook and Google to pay media organizations for content. Facebook has announced it will restore news to Australian pages after the government agreed to make changes to its proposed code.
Australia's prime minister has called on Facebook to lift its news blockade in the country and negotiate deals with media outlets. He said other countries could soon adopt its model in making tech giants pay for news.