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In the Plex by Steven Levy
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Aug 17, 2011

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Read from August 17 to 19, 2011

A nice, informative history of Google. Larry Page is obviously a visionary in the mold of Steve Jobs (down to the no-nonsense rebukes of bad ideas). It's sad that Google has become a victim of it's own success, hindered in it's goal of advancing information technology by antitrust, privacy, and patent lawsuits.

Still, with the war chest they've developed, and the fiber optic infrastructure they were smart enough to build while things were cheap after the internet bubble crash, it seems like we can probably look forward to many more interesting technologies coming from google. I think they shouldn't look back with regret on their decision to pull out of China. I suspect time will show they were ahead of the curve in that move.

The book was well written and well presented. There were some cliche characterizations that made me cringe, but on the whole I thought it was well done.

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