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GOOGLE’s 14th BIRTHDAY: Doodle illuminates the anniversary

TODAY, GOOGLE gets to have its cake and read it, too.

On its home page Thursday, the tech titan celebrates turning 14 with an animated Doodle that reads “Google” both before and after the birthday cake is carved up.


Most years, to mark the occasion, Google’s Doodle Team does bake itself a well-rendered cake. Last year, the Bay Area behemoth shared a nostalgic, scrapbooked snapshot from its homey “13th birthday party.”. (In its younger days, Google used to toot its birthday horn on Sept. 7 — the day the company says it was incorporated — but Sept. 27 is now the official day of celebration.)

It seems like just yesterday, Google was learning its first few million search terms; now the company, founded by Stanford classmates Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 1998, continues to celebrate new results,

So what did the world get Google this year for its birthday?

Well, Wall Street decided to reward the search giant by boosting its share price to pre-financial crisis levels.

And this summer, we gave Google a higher search-market share than it was a year earlier.

And to reciprocate, Google has decided to give back.

The company wrote on its blog this week:

“As Google turns 14 this month, we’re celebrating this creative spirit and officially launching Google for Entrepreneurs, the umbrella for our several dozen programs and partnerships around the world that support startups and entrepreneurs.”

The announcement continues:

“To celebrate both our birthday and the spirit of entrepreneurship that’s helped get us where we are today, we are hosting our first annual Google for Entrepreneurs Week, which will bring together more than 3,000 entrepreneurs and Googlers around the world.”

Google may celebrate with cake, but on its 14th birthday, it has many more reasons to be animated.

[GOOGLE’S BIRTHDAY: How Doodle celebrates 13th birthday]

Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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