Like Google and Groupon, Facebook's letter expressed a defiant idealism that -- eventually -- must confront the realities of business.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributors
FORTUNE – For Internet companies going public, the founder's letter is becoming a ritual with a purely symbolic value, a rite of passage into the adulthood of public markets. Larry Page and Sergey Brin started it when Google (GOOG) went public in 2004. Andrew Mason raised it to MOREFeb 3, 2012 12:16 PM ET
How can this company, asks Brian S Hall, complain about anti-competitive behavior?
The open letter by Google's (GOOG) chief legal counsel attacking Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) and calling for government intervention (see here) has unleashed a flood of outraged responses, but none quite so full throated as the one posted by Brian S Hall on his Smartphone Wars blog.
The nut paragraph:
"If you have a monopoly business and generate monopoly profits and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 5, 2011 7:07 AM ET
Android is in deep trouble on the patent front, and its top lawyer knows it
Google's (GOOG) chief legal counsel's angry screed on the company's official blog in which he accuses Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) of waging a hostile, organized, anti-competitive campaign against Android through dubious and bogus patents (adjectives all his) may be remembered as one of the most misguided briefs any high-tech lawyer has ever written.
Not that David MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 4, 2011 6:24 AM ET
At TechCrunch Disrupt in New York today, super-angels Ron Conway and David Lee say the younger you are, the more likely your start-up will take off.
FORTUNE -- Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room; Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Google's (GOOG) Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded their respective companies in their twenties. All of them were young when they got their start, and that's not a coincidence according MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 23, 2011 6:02 PM ET
The company's elusive executive isn't just widely respected by employees, but also a force behind many of the products that make the company profitable.
FORTUNE -- Though she's responsible for Google's biggest moneymakers, Susan Wojcicki isn't a recognizable face, certainly not like co-founders Sergey Brin or Larry Page, who rented out her garage in 1998 to serve as Google's (GOOG) first headquarters. But as Senior Vice President of Advertising, her work MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 4, 2011 2:09 PM ET
Apple's deteriorating relationship with Google is a running theme in Steven Levy's new book
One of the first details to leak out of In the Plex -- the new page-turner about Google released Tuesday -- was that when Larry Page and Sergey Brin were pressed to hire a CEO, Steve Jobs was their first choice.
But Steven Levy -- who had previously chronicled the creation of the Mac (Insanely Great) and the MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Apr 13, 2011 6:40 AM ET
Today's the day that co-founder and inventor of the PageRank algorithm takes back the reigns of Google, replacing Eric Schmidt who reigned over a successful decade of expansion.
In a surprise announcement at January's earnings call, Google (GOOG) announced that CEO Eric Schmidt would be stepping down and Larry Page would be replacing him.
Today's the day.
Although, Eric Schmidt's role as "Adult Supervisor" has been joked about, the stability he brought to the MORESeth Weintraub - Apr 4, 2011 11:53 AM ET
Those automated cars that Google is building aren't anything new – in fact, Google Co-founder Larry Page almost chose to forgo web search and ranking to work on a Ph.D. project in automated cars.
Here's a little tidbit of information from a talk Page gave at a Faculty Summit in 2009. He told the audience that he had to choose from three different academic areas to focus his study at Stanford: Telepresence (Google MORESeth Weintraub - Mar 22, 2011 12:28 AM ET
Starting with the fact that he's $176 million poorer on paper than he was a month ago
According to the current issue of Forbes, Steve Jobs is the 34th richest person in the U.S. and tied for 110th in the world, having climbed 40 spots in the magazine's annual list of the world's billionaires.
But where does that wealth come from, and how does it compare with other tech luminaries? Let's take MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Mar 11, 2011 7:54 AM ET
It seems the company's best days are behind it, or that Facebook is eating its lunch. But maybe Google is so far ahead of the game that we're the ones who need to catch up.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
What is going on with Google? Sure, today President Obama will be meeting with Eric Schmidt at a tech executive meet-up in Silicon Valley, but he almost seems an also-ran compared to the attention MOREFeb 17, 2011 1:20 PM ET
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