The world's most powerful web search engine is about to go public. Reality Check tells you about the billions of dollars Google's founders and their rich investors stand to make when at least 15% of Google's shares will be offered on the New York stock exchange later this spring.
It took only 5 years for Google love it or hate it... to become number 1. So, what kinds of changes are in store (and already taking place) as Google gets bigger and diversifies. What about the rumours that normal investors like you and me won't even get a chance to buy our shares because Microsoft or Yahoo might try to take-over Google even before it tenders its IPO (Initial Public Offering) in the spring. Or, what about rumours that, at the very least, Yahoo or Microsoft will try and buy-up the 15% that's being offered as fast as possible. Or, what about the talk that Microsoft is spending tons of money trying to develop a search engine that's even better than Google so that it can then knock Google off all MSN computers. Would that even be allowed?
The lowdown on Google: how five years ago 2 twenty-two year olds named Sergey Brin and Larry Page turned a good idea into big money and got us to search up to 150 million times a day, what it's like to work at Google, and why it's become necessary to sell off part or, maybe even, all of their company in 2004.
Seit seinem im Mai 1999 erschienenen Album 'Play' ist Moby, der kleingewachsene und glatzköpfige frühere Techno-Kult-Star und Remixer aus New York, in höhere Star-Sphären aufgestiegen. Im FM4 Spielzimmer gibt es den Mitschnitt des Moby Auftritts beim letztjährigen Werchter Festival (Belgien) zu hören, inklusive Songs wie 'Natural Blues', 'Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad', 'We Are All Made Of Stars' oder früheren Moby Kassikern wie 'Go' oder 'Feeling So Real'.