Here’s an interesting graphic look at what Google encompasses through its many acquisitions and investments. See how many companies you recognize. The graphic takes the form of a subway map. There’s also a brief history of Google, with an excerpt here:
In October 2006, the company announced that it had bought YouTube for US$1.65 billion. By the end of 2007 the company had acquired four more companies, Gapminder’s Trendalyzer software, Adscape Media, PeakStream Technologies and DoubleClick – potentially their most lucrative acquisition to date.
Page and Brin are currently ranked 26th on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. They are the 6th richest people in America. Not bad for something that started out a side project. Meanwhile, as a company, Google simply continues to grow, expand, develop and dominate.
More than a third of cocoa traded globally comes from Ivory Coast and in August this year Interpol rescued 54 children, victims of organised slave labour, from its plantations. Violence and unrest in the country since 2002 has also been dubbed the “chocolate war, with hundreds dying in conflicts over the cocoa trade according to a 2006 report by Norwegian NGO FAFO.
But the story seemed fishy – there were no official press releases yesterday, and international media reports relied on quotes from Kellogg’s UK food technologist Helen Lyons, who is now on holidays.
The news also came as McDonald’s was forced to respond to a hoax memo about drive-through orders created by “spider email” internet prankster David Thorne.
Kellogg’s UK has now posted a press release online, explaining more about the process.