What is Google: Definition and 252 Discussions

Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, a search engine, cloud computing, software, and hardware. It is considered one of the big four Internet stocks along with Amazon, Facebook, and Apple.Google was founded in September 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Together they own about 14% of its publicly-listed shares and control 56% of the stockholder voting power through super-voting stock. The company went public via an initial public offering (IPO) in 2004. In 2015, Google was reorganized as a wholly owned subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.. Google is Alphabet's largest subsidiary and is a holding company for Alphabet's Internet properties and interests. Sundar Pichai was appointed CEO of Google on October 24, 2015, replacing Larry Page, who became the CEO of Alphabet. On December 3, 2019, Pichai also became the CEO of Alphabet.In 2021, the Alphabet Workers Union was founded, mainly composed of Google employees.The company's rapid growth since incorporation has included products, acquisitions, and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine, (Google Search). It offers services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides), email (Gmail), scheduling and time management (Google Calendar), cloud storage (Google Drive), instant messaging and video chat (Google Duo, Google Chat, and Google Meet), language translation (Google Translate), mapping and navigation (Google Maps, Waze, Google Earth, and Street View), podcast hosting (Google Podcasts), video sharing (YouTube), blog publishing (Blogger), note-taking (Google Keep and Jamboard), and photo organizing and editing (Google Photos). The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, and Chrome OS (a lightweight, proprietary operating system based on the FOSS Chromium OS operating system). Google has moved increasingly into hardware; from 2010 to 2015, it partnered with major electronics manufacturers in the production of its Google Nexus devices, and it released multiple hardware products in 2016, including the Google Pixel line of smartphones, Google Home smart speaker, Google Wifi mesh wireless router. Google has also experimented with becoming an Internet carrier (Google Fiber and Google Fi).
Google.com is the most visited website worldwide. Several other Google-owned websites also are on the list of most popular websites, including YouTube and Blogger. On the list of most valuable brands, Google is ranked second by Forbes and fourth by Interbrand. It has received significant criticism involving issues such as privacy concerns, tax avoidance, censorship, search neutrality, antitrust and abuse of its monopoly position.

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  1. joshcitylife

    New member

    Hello im Josh I found this site via google. I like to exchange ideas in order to create a better place for my kids and yours!
  2. badr

    Silly question about series batteries

    Hi everyone. So I am making a Ni-Mh battery , and for space constraints, I need to put 2 batteries in paralell + 1 battery in series with them. So if I get two batteries of 2100 mah in paralell I get 4200 mah, but if I put them in series with one 2100 mah battery , what would be the...
  3. badr

    I What does dv/dt mean, how is it used, and when?

    Hi everybody. I am Looking for brief explanation and some practical examples to practice the usage of the term dv/dt in modern applications .
  4. raaraayeah

    How to disable Google Doodles?

    Has anybody found a way to disable Google Doodles on Chrome browser? The original thread is here but it is not providing any suitable solutions. https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/how-to-remove-google-doodles-from-search-pages.1015835/ [mentor note - removed political content]
  5. jedishrfu

    News Google $5M XPRIZE for best uses for Quantum Computers

    Google is looking for practical problems/algorithms that can be solved on quantum computers: https://www.xprize.org/prizes/qc-apps
  6. D

    Bard the Google AI is just as silly as the other AI programs

    So I got an invite to try Bard, Google's AI machine. I asked it to list research papers by my PhD supervisor in the area we had worked on. It listed just five (clearly a very small subset) with none published after 1975. So I asked again but this time asked for papers after 1975. Again it...
  7. kyphysics

    Is Google's Chatbot BARD Failing in Public Testing?

    After an inauspicious debut by Google last month (Feb. 8th), where BARD (Alphabet's rival chatbot to Microsoft/C3.ai's Chat GPT) gave an incorrect answer to an "astronomy-related" question, BARD again seems to flop with its abilities in public testing the past week...
  8. B

    What fascinating insights can I find on this physics website?

    Hello, it looks like I have a lot of reading to do here. It looks very interesting.
  9. D

    My app has a generic Android icon when I download it from Google Play

    Hi everyone I've uploaded an app to Google play with its own icon. This icon shows on my phone when I run the app from Android Studio. However, when I download my app from Google play, is appears on my phone with a generic Android logo instead. Does anyone know why this happens and how to...
  10. Bob Walance

    B Shor's algorithm on a Google Sheet

    Here is a spreadsheet that demonstrates how Shor's algorithm works. The user first enters a number 'N' that has only two prime factors. Then, the user enters a random integer 'x'. Shor's algorithm does the rest in the factorization of N. A different value for 'x' must be tried if the factoring...
  11. S

    Google docs etc: is the data transfer secure?

    This video ... ... At around 01:26 they say that data to and from the Google apps server goes across unencrypted. Is that true, given that all these services are necessarily over HTTPS ? On a related note, does a VPN layer add any value in terms of data security, above that provided by HTTPS ?
  12. bob012345

    How to Remove Google Doodles from Search Pages

    Is there a way to remove Google Doodles from Google search pages? I've tried extensions which only work for a couple of refreshes or new screens then the doodles come back. Of course I could use a Microsoft browser instead but short of that, is there a way to eliminate those doodles? Thanks.
  13. robphy

    Stephen Hawking is the Jan 8, 2022 Google Doodle

    I just noticed that Stephen Hawking, who was born Jan 8, 1942 and would have been 80 today, is featured in the Jan 8, 2022 Google Doodle. (Visit https://www.google.com/ to see.) https://www.google.com/doodles/stephen-hawkings-80th-birthday
  14. shivajikobardan

    Comp Sci Hotspots in Google File System

    In Google File System,hotspots haven't been a major issue because our applications mostly read large multi chunk files sequentially. what it mean? hotspot-: region of computer program where a high proportion of executed instructions occur Lazy space...
  15. BWV

    Its cold, but the NY Post should have used Google to convert C to F

    Oymyakon is cold, but not that cold https://nypost.com/2021/12/03/fears-children-could-freeze-to-death-in-worlds-coldest-town/here is the Sun article they credited but failed to convert the temps https://www.the-sun.com/news/4196960/fears-children-freeze-temperatures-drop/The Siberian village...
  16. W

    What is the baseline date for the Google default time format?

    Hi, Just opened some .xml file in which time is given as a 10 digit number starting with 1570. I assume it represents the number of seconds from some baseline date. Anyone know if this is it and if so, the baseline date? Thanks.
  17. Petr Matas

    Bug Password error when associating with Google

    I am trying to associate my PF account with my Google account. At .../connected-accounts/google/ I am entering the same password I use to login to PF (verified by logging out), but I am getting the following error: Oops! We ran into some problems. Your existing password is not correct. Can we...
  18. Wrichik Basu

    Google Chrome suddenly using lot of CPU & memory after update

    I just updated Chrome, and suddenly, my laptop's memory and CPU usage peaked. All 16 GB of memory was used up, and all CPUs were showing 100% usage. Everything came down to normal as soon as I closed Chrome. Here is a screenshot, taken some time after this peak usage: This is on Ubuntu...
  19. karush

    MHB Using Google forms for 307 class

    ok I am having a problem with getting permission to open up this 307 homework assignment i am logged into my Google account but can't seem to open the form here im sure here are using Google forms with the Google classroom app the class actually starts on jan 11 at UH west mahalo much
  20. kyphysics

    Malware Risk from Clicking Yelp, Google Reviews, etc. Photos?

    Often when there is a business that I want to get consumer reviews on, there will be a poster/reviewer who adds a photo to their comments. For example, a person might show how an Amazon order came damaged. Or, a person on Yelp! or Google Reviews may post a photo of food they ate, etc. The...
  21. R

    Google covid search results....

    If you type in google.com any 2 or 3 digit numbers combinations before "new cases" for example "312 new cases" into google there will always be a result with a covid19 article correlating with the number... why is that?
  22. kyphysics

    Does Ad Block Plus No Longer Work On Google Platforms?

    I used to successfully block ads on YouTube with ABP. Now, I'm seeing them. Could I have a virus? Or, does ABP simply not block stuff on Google/Alphabet platforms anymore?
  23. G

    Did Google update the DrawImage portion of the jetpack compose API?

    https://developer.android.com/jetpack/compose/tutorial in the "Add a picture" section @Composable fun NewsStory(){ val image = +imageResource(R.drawable.header) Column (modifier = Spacing(64.dp)){ Text("A day in shark fin cove") Text("davenport") Text("december...
  24. G

    Use Google docs to edit equations using the built-in equation editor

    Homework Statement:: use google docs to edit equations using the built-in equation editor (cursor positioning) Homework Equations:: https://docs.google.com https://www.physicsforums.com/help/latexhelp/ Problem: enter an equation using Google docs equation editor, the later goal being: to send...
  25. Greg Bernhardt

    Google Sheets IF/Find formula help

    Say cell A11 contains the text "power tools". I want B11 to display if A11 contains the word "tools". I choose to use IF() and FIND(). If "tools" does exist it returns "Yes Tools" fine, but if not it returns an error saying FIND() didn't match a value instead of displaying "No Tools". I got...
  26. bhobba

    I Has Google Truly Achieved Quantum Supremacy?

    I was thinking another person might post about this: https://www.livescience.com/google-hits-quantum-supremacy.html Is this the breakthrough of the century? Thanks Bill
  27. Auto-Didact

    Google: Demonstrating Quantum Supremacy

    Here is the paper, published today in Nature: Arute et al. 2019, Quantum supremacy using a programmable superconducting processor
  28. BWV

    Google Claims quantum supremacy

    https://www.cnet.com/news/google-reportedly-attains-quantum-supremacy/ Google has reportedly built a quantum computer more powerful than the world's top supercomputers. A Google research paper was temporarily posted online this week, Financial Times reported Friday, and said the quantum...
  29. kyphysics

    Random Rounding in Google Sheets

    If anyone knows what on Earth could be happening and how to fix this, please let me know. I'm using Google Sheets. I have lots of cells where I'm manually entering numbers with some having decimal places. All of a sudden, a random cell rounds a number UP for me. WTH? There's no rounding...
  30. B

    How Did a Catfish Hack Into a Google Account Without a Password?

    So I had a friend that was catfish and he gave the catfish his google email. Some how the catfish was able to hack into his google account. my question is how ? They did not know his password, so they would had had to tried thousands of combinations before guessing it right, why did Google not...
  31. Wrichik Basu

    [Fix] Google Contacts sync error from Android phone

    This is a known issue all over the net, and with almost all versions of Android, from KitKat to Oreo. If you have enabled contacts sync with Google, you might get the following error if you head to Accounts section under Settings, and then select Google: No official solution has been rolled...
  32. W

    I How to find the H index of an author using Google Scholar?

    Hi. I want to look up the H index of a few authors I am interested in using google scholar or some other site that i don't need to pay for access. But can't see how to do it. Can anyone help?
  33. S

    Can't see PDF contents as well as Google does

    There are some PDF files where Google finds keywords, but when I open the link Google gives, the PDF isn't searchable by any tools I've tried ( such as the search feature of Firefox). If I save the PDF to a file, I can't search it with the linux commands grep and pdfgrep. Example...
  34. astroman707

    Anyone know how to filter out conversations in gmail?

    I get a ridiculous amount of gmail every day from my college's student body, but 95% is just students flooding the emails with nonsense ' forum bump' type responses and it's a chore to try and check my emails. --Does anyone have any idea how to filter out or mute responses to future emails?--...
  35. S

    How to make a simple x vs y graph in Google docs

    If I select two columns of data what are the steps to make a simple x vs y graph of that data? I know its sort of a dumb question but i can't see how to do this. It automatically suggests any graph other than a basic x vs y. Thanks for any help
  36. H

    New Google scientific data search engine

    I tried a search for this first and had negative results so I thought it might be helpful. Google has launched a new https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/google-launches-new-dataset-search-engine.htm feature that enables laypersons to retrieve highly specific results from millions of...
  37. T

    Job Skills Google AdWords/Digital Marketing Certification

    Hi, I'm at the final exam part of the Google AdWords certification. I am going to take the final exam tomorrow morning. https://learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage/certification This certification should look great on my Resume to get an entry level marketing specialist/SEO job. I never...
  38. A

    Are Gender Differences Truly Binary? A Discussion on New Scientist's Credibility

    Hi! I'm August! I have a bachelor's degree in mathematics. I love reading new things about the "science" world. I stumbled upon this forum because I was reading an article from the website of New Scientist. It was about a study on the gender differences being not binary. I found it interesting...
  39. Suyash Singh

    Google Chrome Virus: Adware Infecting Devices & Closing Spam Sites

    I noticed this widespread adware infecting chrome on nearly all devices. For a few days though i have noticed that on all the devices when the spam sites are opened by that virus they close immediately. Is it that chrome got to know about it and has defeated it? But why is the virus still...
  40. jim mcnamara

    Is Google's Ad Blocker the Solution to Improving Internet Experience?

    Google will try to improve net experience by blocking some types of lesser preferred ads. The ad types are: https://www.betterads.org/standards/ For North America. The problem with this approach (my opinion) is that a lot of ads on sites that originate in Asia are horrible offenders - India...
  41. nomadreid

    Files appearing in google drive without my input

    Today for the first time in my Google Drive there appear several files in "quick access" labeled "you downloaded this month" although I did not explicitly download them, but were perhaps downloaded as part of a java script running somewhere on my computer, or maybe they are malware, that is the...
  42. jim mcnamara

    Google fix for Meltdown & Specter - small impact, good fix

    This is the technical article: https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/7625886 Please do not ask me for an executive summary. I fail Summary 101 repeatedly. Just ask my family. Google fixed the problems and has run extensive tests since September. They found little performance degradation...
  43. T

    News Moaning about Google science news section

    I usually read science section in Google news and it's really irritating how lately any time someone "predicts" the world will end they put it on top. But now they really seem to hit the rock bottom. Here's a screenshot and you can see first news is again about "end of the world" although this...
  44. Spinnor

    Google made headphones, power to translate 40 languages

    "Google's Pixel Buds translation will change the world" "Google's Pixel 2 event in San Francisco on Wednesday had a lot of stuff to show off and most of it was more of the same: the next iteration of the flagship smartphone, new Home speakers and various ways of entwining them more deeply into...
  45. Greg Bernhardt

    Google QuickDraw: A Fun and Impressive Party Game

    Now this is a fun way to burn a few minutes! Lots of laughs. Could be a fun party game. Also impressive in the end. You are tasked to draw an object and the Google AI guesses what it is. https://quickdraw.withgoogle.com/
  46. jtbell

    Fun with G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Work)

    In an earlier thread, I asked about email providers to use with my own domain name. I finally took the plunge and signed up for G Suite a couple of weeks ago. It went fairly smoothly overall. A few thing confused me at first. I'm still ironing out some kinks related to other Google services that...
  47. doktorwho

    Job Skills What does it take to work at Google Deep Mind?

    Hello everyone, I am a senior in high school and am very very interested in robots and artificial intelligence. In summer i will be going to an electrical engineering college and i want your advice as to what further steps should i make and what knowledge to accumulate over the 4 years at...
  48. M

    Search of the Use of Words in Web

    I would like to ask you about search of the use of the words in Google or other search engines. For example if I want to search how "explain" and" idea" are getting together, how can I search this? if I write just explain idea in Google there is one in some results but not another. For example...
  49. M

    Google Chrome won't display PDFs

    HI pf! I have a mac OSX and am running the latest google chrome browser, though I cannot view pdfs. Every time I click a link that would send me to a pdf I am sent to a blank grey webpage. Any help?
  50. S

    Regular expressions with google web search

    Hi all, Cam google web search accepet regular expressions? Especially, I need to search strings with any number between two words, for example: "vehicle runs at XXX km/h". Thank you