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Fact or Fiction: Google
by Staff
Sometimes it feels like Google is taking over the world. And rumors are always swirling about the next new Google development. Do you know which ones are true?

Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

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  • almost fact: Page and Brin supposedly make hefty annual payments to an anonymous former Stanford student whom they ousted in the early days of the company.

Google's first official investor was Andy Bechtolsheim, who contributed $1 million.

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  • almost fact: Bechtolsheim actually gave them $100,000.

Google stock was offered for $400 a share at the company's IPO in 2004.

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  • almost fact: The IPO was in 2004, but shares went for $500.

In 2006, the verb "google" was added to the Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary.

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  • almost fact: It was added, but in 2004.

Google's Dow Jones ticker symbol is GOOG.

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  • almost fact: The ticker symbol is right, but Google is a NASDAQ stock.

In 2006, Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion, cash.

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  • almost fact: It was $1.65 billion, but in stock.

Google will be unveiling a cell phone service in 2010.

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  • almost fact: The date will probably be more like 2012.

In an attempt to lower energy use, Google bought herds of goats to graze on the grass at company headquarters.

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  • almost fact: It's sheep that keep the Google grass under control.

One of Google's famous April Fool's Day product launches was the fake energy drink "Google Juice."

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  • almost fact: It was actually called "Google Gulp."

Larry Page and Sergey Brin are in negotiations to have the Google office complex annexed from the city of Mountain View, Calif., and renamed "Googleville."

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  • almost fact: The name is actually going to be "Googleplex."