If Google Ruled

Contest Info

  • Started: 11/22/2006 06:00
  • Ended: 11/24/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 21
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
If Google Ruled
Contest Directions: [ Google's stock price surpassed $500 for the first time on Tuesday, earning Google another milestone in global domination. ]
My, my, how times change. In the 90s anyone who knew what Google is was considered a geek. Now, anyone who knows search engines other than Google is considered a geek. In the 90s AltaVista was a king of search engines. Now, if you ask people what AltaVista is, they'll tell you it's what Schwarzenegger likes to say before he blows up some badass in his movies. Google is everywhere. Soon enough, when you ask your local policeman for directions to a restaurant, he'll tell you to "google for it". It's only a matter of time before Google owns everything.
In this contest you are asked to photoshop what changes we'll see when Google rules the world - e.g. when Google buys other companies, products, buildings, cities, countries, and planets.

Contest Info

    • Started: 11/22/2006 06:00
    • Ended: 11/24/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 21
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $20
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $12
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $8
21 pictures
  • Google Monopoly Board Game

    Google Monopoly Board Game
  • Baby Playing with a Laptop

    Baby Playing with a Laptop
  • Google Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Car

    Google Mercedes-Benz Hybrid Car
  • Mercedes Google-Benz Car

    Mercedes Google-Benz Car
  • Google eBay Hybrid

    Google eBay Hybrid
  • Google McDonald's Merger

    Google McDonald's Merger
  • Google Sign on a Satellite in Space

    Google Sign on a Satellite in Space
  • Google Island Seen from Above

    Google Island Seen from Above
  • Google Logo on the Moon

    Google Logo on the Moon
  • Google Space Sattelite

    Google Space Sattelite
21 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: On Tuesday, the stock of Google Inc. rose past the $500 mark for the first time. The recent surge in the price of Google stock was driven by the high expectations Wall Street has for the company. Google's shares on Tuesday rose $14.60 or almost 3% and closed at $509.65 on the Nasdaq Stock Market. The company, which is based in Mountain View, is now Silicon Valley's second most valuable business, ahead of Intel and Hewlett Packard. The market value of Google is now at about $163 billion. The founders of the company are now both multi-billionaires, at the ripe old age of 33. Hundreds of employees at Google are millionaires because so many of them hold stocks of the company. Google's shares went from the $400 to the $500 mark in a bit over a year. The company made its initial stock offering in August of 2004 at $85 a share. The shares went over $100 on their first day of trading at that time. Within three months, the shares were over $200 and went above $300 in about seven more months. Google inventions and partnerships: Since 2001, Google acquired many companies, with a primary focus on small venture companies. In 2004, Google acquired Keyhole Inc. This startup developed a product with the name "Earth Viewer", which contains the satellite photographs of Earth. Google renamed the service as Google Earth in 2005. Two years later, Google acquired the video hosting company "YouTube" for 1.65 billion dollars. On April 13, 2007, Google acquired one of the pioneers of Internet-based advertising the company "DoubleClick" for 3.1 billion dollars, which gave Google valuable connections, which DoubleClick had with web publishers and advertising agencies. Later in the same year, Google acquired GrandCentral for 50 million dollars. This service became the base for Google Voice. On August 5, 2009, Google bought, first for it, the publishing company - On2 Technologies, the manufacturer of video software, for 106.5 million dollars. Google also acquired the social search network Aardvark for 50 million dollars. In April 2010, Google acquired the Agnilux startup. In addition to numerous acquisitions of companies, Google also collaborates with other organizations for most varied purposes: from research to advertisements. In 2005, Google collaborated with the Ames Research Center (a division of NASA) for constructing 93000 square meters of offices. The offices were meant for research projects, related with large volumes of data management, nano technologies, distributed computing and space entrepreneurship. In October 2005, Google signed a partnership agreement with Sun Microsystems. Apart from this, the company collaborated with AOL for the mutual improvement of video search services. In the same year, Google also funded the new higher level domain .mobi along side other companies, which included Microsoft, Nokia and Ericsson. Later on, Google launched Adsense for mobile devices, using the advantages of the growing mobile advertisement market. In 2006, Google and Fox Interactive Media signed an agreement on providing search and advertisements in the social network Myspace. In 2008, Google, in collaboration with GeoEye, launched a satellite for providing Google Earth with high resolution images. The satellite was launched from the Vandenberg airbase on September 6, 2008. In the same year, Google, within the scope of partnership with Life, put photographs from the Life journal in its repository. Some of the images in the repository were never published in the magazine. In 2010, Google Energy made its first investment in the project for mastering renewable sources of energy by investing 38.8 million dollars in two windmill electric generating plants in North Dakota. The company stated that the windmill electric generating plants would generate 169.5 MW power, which is sufficient for providing power to 55000 houses. NextEra Energy Resources, which built the power plants, sold a 12% share in the project to Google, so as to get finances for its development. In 2010, Google also acquired the Norwegian company Global IP Solutions, which developed web-teleconference services. In the same year, Google signed a deal on acquiring mobile advertisement network AdMob. In July 2010, Google signed an agreement with Iowa wind farms on purchasing 114 MW power for 20 yrs. In August 2011, it was claimed that an agreement was made by Google to absorb the Motorola Mobility (one of the two independent companies, formed after the division of Motorola), which deals in the manufacture of mobile telephones. The cost of the deal - 12.5 billion US dollars. The deal was completed on May 22, 2012. Google acquired Motorola Mobility by replacing its CEO. Owners and management: In July 2001, on the invitation of the company founders, Eric Schmidt took over as Chairman of the council of Directors and the CEO of Google. On April 4, 2011, Larry Page became the CEO. Eric Schmidt remained as Chairman of the board of the Directors of Google. As of June 20, 2010, Page, Brin and Eric Schmidt had approximately 91% of shares of Class B, which in total provide 68% votes to their holders. Triumvirate renders a decisive impact in solving all the issues, related to the competency of the shareholders.