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The power of Google

Don't you just love Google. Who would ever have guessed that there would be so much competition in the Internet search market? And Google sure has become the power brand these days! Our columnist Steve Kelman, a professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, in his most recent column said that most of his students use Google before they go to any government search engine... and that most of them hadn't even heard of FirstGov, the government's Web portal. Here at Federal Computer Week, most people tend to use Google's Uncle Sam search engine, which focuses on government documents.

But this irresistable item from the San Jose Mercury News: Google is losing one of its best-loved bragging rights: Executive chef Charlie Ayers, who used to cook for the Grateful Dead, is hanging up his apron.

In actuality, Ayers isn't hanging up his apron, but he gets to own his own place. The Good Morning Silicon Valley blog says:
Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page are no doubt wishing they'd never given chef Charlie Ayers those stock options. Because after 5 1/2 years of running Google's version of Gary Danko, Ayers is leaving to open a restaurant that actually has a chance of making it into the Zagat guide.

My parents, who live in the Silicon Valley, call it "Google money."

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on May 18, 2005 at 12:14 PM


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