Google LLC is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing and hardware. It is considered one of the Big Four technology companies, alongside Amazon and Facebook. 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 percent of its shares and control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock, they incorporated Google as a California held company on September 4, 1998, in California. Google was reincorporated in Delaware on October 22, 2002. An initial public offering took place on August 19, 2004, Google moved to its headquarters in Mountain View, nicknamed the Googleplex. In August 2015, Google announced plans to reorganize its various interests as a conglomerate called Alphabet Inc. Google is Alphabet's leading subsidiary and will continue to be the umbrella company for Alphabet's Internet interests.
Sundar Pichai was appointed CEO of Google. The company's rapid growth since incorporation has triggered a chain of products and partnerships beyond Google's core search engine, it offers services designed for work and productivity, email and time management, cloud storage, instant messaging and video chat, language translation and navigation, video sharing, note-taking, photo organizing and editing. The company leads the development of the Android mobile operating system, the Google Chrome web browser, Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome browser. Google has moved into hardware. Google has experimented with becoming an Internet carrier. Google.com is the most visited website in the world. Several other Google services figure in the top 100 most visited websites, including YouTube and Blogger. Google was the most valuable brand in the world as of 2017, but has received significant criticism involving issues such as privacy concerns, tax avoidance, antitrust and search neutrality.
Google's mission statement is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful". The company's unofficial slogan "Don't be evil" was removed from the company's code of conduct around May 2018, but reinstated by July 31, 2018. Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California; the project involved an unofficial "third founder", Scott Hassan, the original lead programmer who wrote much of the code for the original Google Search engine, but he left before Google was founded as a company. While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on the page, they theorized about a better system that analyzed the relationships among websites, they called this algorithm PageRank. Page told his ideas to Hassan. Page and Brin nicknamed the new search engine "BackRub", because the system checked backlinks to estimate the importance of a site.
Hassan as well as Alan Steremberg were cited by Page and Brin as being critical to the development of Google. Rajeev Motwani and Terry Winograd co-authored with Page and Brin the first paper about the project, describing PageRank and the initial prototype of the Google search engine, published in 1998. Héctor García-Molina and Jeff Ullman were cited as contributors to the project. PageRank was influenced by a similar page-ranking and site-scoring algorithm earlier used for RankDex, developed by Robin Li in 1996, with Larry Page's PageRank patent including a citation to Li's earlier RankDex patent, they changed the name to Google. The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998, it was based in the garage of a friend in California. Craig Silverstein, a fellow PhD student at Stanford, was hired as the first employee. Google was funded by an August 1998 contribution of $100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems.
Google received money from three other angel investors in 1998: Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Stanford University computer science professor David Cheriton, entrepreneur Ram Shriram. Between these initial investors and family Google raised around 1 million dollars, what allowed them to open up their original shop in Menlo Park, Califor
Boys Over Flowers Season 2 is a 2018 Japanese television drama series starring Hana Sugisaki, Sho Hirano and Taishi Nakagawa. It is based on the shōnen manga series Boys Over Flowers Season 2, written and illustrated by Yoko Kamio; the series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System from 17 April to 26 June 2018 every Tuesdays at 22:00. The story is set. Since their departure, the school has been on a steady decline. Correct 5 is thus formed at the high school by his 4 friends, their goal is to kick them out of the school. Haruto Kaguragi is the most popular boy at Eitoku Academy. However, he secretly orders self-help items online to become strong. Oto Edogawa is a female student at Eitoku who pretends to be rich in order to fit in when in reality, she is impoverished, she works part-time at a convenience store, when one night she sees Haruto Kaguragi coming into the store picking up the items he had purchased. Both are shocked to see each other; the next day, they agree to keep each other's secrets. Much like the original series, Kaguragi ends up falling for Edogawa when she puts him in his place during a party.
It is unfortunate for Kaguragi though as Edogawa is engaged to Hase Tenma, the student body president of Eitoku's rival academy, Momonozono. Hana Sugisaki as Oto Edogawa Sho Hirano as Haruto Kaguragi Taishi Nakagawa as Tenma Hase Tatsuomi Hamada as Kaito Taira Mio Imada as Airi Maya Marie Iitoyo as Megumi Nishidome Cameo Appearances Jun Matsumoto as Domyoji Tsukasa Shun Oguri as Hanazawa Rui Shota Matsuda as Nishikado Sojiro Philippines - Asianovela Channel
Alexei Kondratiev was an American author and teacher of Celtic languages and culture. He taught the Irish language and Celtic history at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan, New York from 1985 until his death on May 28, 2010. Nine editions of his book, The Apple Branch, were published in English and Spanish between 1998 and 2004. At various times, he taught all six of the living Celtic languages. A long-time member of the Mythopoeic Society, Kondratiev was the Scholar Guest of Honor at the organization's Mythcon 33 convention in 2002, papers coordinator for Mythcon 39 in 2008, maintained a book review column in its publication, Mythlore. In 2010, the society named a new award after Kondratiev, the Alexei Kondratiev Memorial Student Paper Award, to be presented for the first time at its Mythcon 41 convention in Dallas, July 9–12, 2010, he contributed significant portions of the text used on the website of the Celtic League's American Branch and book reviews for the organization's magazine, Keltoi.
On the File 770 science fiction fandom blog, Ken Gale reported that Kondratiev "spoke over 60 languages and was fluent in 13 to 20 of them." In the Northeast Tolkien Society's tribute to Kondratiev, co-chairs Anthony S. Burdge and Jessica J. Burke reminisced about how he offered advice on the pronunciation of key Algonquian terms for a paper at Mythcon 37 in 2006, his passion for the Polynesian culture and language at the Hawaii Mythcon. Kondratiev encouraged students to think of language as a tool to connect with and understand the culture of its people; the collection of languages he acquired included the Native American languages of Cherokee, Lenape and Navajo. Born on February 14, 1949 in New York, son of a Russian father and French mother, Kondratiev became fluent in the languages spoken by his parents: Russian and English. English was the of these three languages, he was the eldest of six children, with one brother. Kondratiev grew up in both New York City and Bourgogne, France, as he traveled back and forth between the home of his parents in New York City and his grandparent's home in the Saone Valley.
His interest in the Celtic culture began as a child, exploring the ancient Celtic ruins near his grandparent's home in eastern France. He began learning the Irish language from library books. In the 1960s, Kondratiev studied the Celtic languages and culture while traveling through Brittany, Wales and Scotland, he lived for a while among native speakers of the Irish language on Inishmaan, the middle island of the Aran Islands group, where he acquired fluency in Irish Gaelic. During that period, the Aran Islands were still home to elderly Gaeilge monoglots. A graduate of New York's Columbia University, Kondratiev studied Celtic philology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris, his studies at both schools included archaeology. During the 1970s, he took music courses at the Mannes College in New York. A frequent participant and occasional speaker at science fiction conventions, Kondratiev met Judy Harrow at a science fiction convention in the early 1980s. During an interview at the Etheracon convention in Poughkeepsie in January 1993, Kondratiev commented about how Harrow practiced a "heretic" form of Gardnerian Wicca he found appealing.
He attributed his gradual attraction to Neopaganism in the 1980s to his contact with science fiction fans who had become Neopagans. When he met Harrow, Kondratiev still considered himself a Christian, continued to identify himself as such throughout the 1980s while attending Neopagan religious ceremonies. Although he did not join Harrow's Proteus Coven, Kondratiev was initiated into the "Proteus tradition" by Night Rainbow. After his initiation, he joined Mnemosynides Coven; this group was founded by Len Rosenberg with Erich Heinemann in 1988. Mnemosynides, which means "Children of Memory," was named after the titaness of Greek mythology, Mnemosyne. Mnemosynides Coven belonged to the Protean-Gardnerian tradition of Wicca, which originated with Judy Harrow's Proteus Coven. Kondratiev remained a member of Mnemosynides, a Christian, until his death in 2010. At the time of his death, Kondratiev had been high priest of Mnemosynides for more than 20 years. In her "Memoriam" to the group's former high priest, published by Circle Sanctuary, Mnemosynides high priestess Lisa Bodo explained how he taught her the importance of "the bridge between Celtic Paganism and early Celtic Christianity."
He did not consider his Neopagan and Christian beliefs to be in conflict and never renounced his Christianity. His knowledge of Celtic mythology and language made Kondratiev a frequent guest speaker at conventions and retreats events with an emphasis on magic, Neopaganism or Wicca, he taught classes and served as program director for the Esotericon convention in New Jersey from 1985 until 1991, when the convention discontinued. He served as a guest speaker for Ethericon, a similar convention which started operating in 1992 at Poughkeepsie, New York. In more recent years, Kondratiev has been a guest at the Sacred Space and Ecumenicon conferences in Maryland, the CWPN Harvest Gathering in Connecticut; as a featured guest at the Chesapeake Pagan Summer Gathering in 2008, he recited 108 names of the Hindu goddess, Kali, at a puja led by Len Rosenberg. An gay man, Alexei Kondratiev was accompanied at conventions and conferences by his life partner, Len Rosenberg, who died less than five months after Kondratiev on October 15, 2010.
He participated in New York's Gay Pride March and other ga