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Beware of Google

November 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments · General

According to the generally accepted history of Google, the company’s name originated from a common misspelling of the word “googol“, which refers to¬†10100.

But, for folks who spend their nights worrying whether Google is evil, you might want to explore the possibility that its name comes from the horrid monster depicted in V. C. Vickers’s 1913 children’s tale, “The Google Book“.

Don’t worry, I’m not scaring my daughter with tales of Googles and Yahoos.

3 responses so far ↓

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