A shot of a barrier reef. (Photo : Google Maps)
Today marks Google's 14th birthday.
The multinational corporation was actually incorporated Sept. 7, but in 2005, changed the date in order to coincide with the record number of pages the search engine was indexing.
Today's Google Doodle features an animated chocolate cake with 14 candles that blow out and reveal Google's trademark colors and the candles tally up below, revealing the number 14.
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Google's trademark colors and the candles tally up below, revealing the number 14.
Google celebrated by sinking to an all-time low. The company recently revealed its new underwater panoramic images on Google Maps. The service offers 360-degree views of six underwater landmarks, including Apo Island in the Philippines and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The option is available in the Street View feature.
PC Advisor reported that Brian McClendon, vice president of Google Maps and Earth, said the feature would give people the opportunity to view underwater sites they probably otherwise would not have the chance to see.
"With these vibrant and stunning photos you don't have to be a scuba diver -- or even know how to swim -- to explore and experience six of the ocean's most incredible living coral reefs," McClendon said. "Now, anyone can become the next virtual Jacques Cousteau and dive with sea turtles, fish and manta rays in Australia, the Philippines and Hawaii.
"At Apo Island, a volcanic island and marine reserve in the Philippines, you can see an ancient boulder coral, which may be several hundred years old. And in the middle of the Pacific, in Hawaii, you can join snorkelers in Oahu's Hanauma Bay and drift over the vast coral reef at Maui's Molokini crater."
Original started as a research project by founders Larry Page, 39, and Sergery Brin, 39, in 1996, Google has become one of the most popular companies in the world. Today, Google is valued at more than $70 billion and provides cloud computing and software and advertising technologies.