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Google turns 14: A look at the birthday-gift table

Happy birthday, Google.

The search giant turns 14 today — less of an awkward teenager, perhaps, than it was last year — and the gifts table, so to speak, floweth over.

If your interest lies with the Google Doodle, our own Michael Cavna has what you’re looking for, as always. Here, we take a brief look at the gifts — or perhaps rewards is a better word — the company has reaped in the past two weeks.

First, there was the reiteration of Google’s maps dominance with the rocky roll out of Apple Maps. Then, Google took the maps battle under water, offering up its first round of “Sea Views” in partnership with the Catlin Seaview Survey.

Then, as Cavna notes, Google’s share price got a boost, reaching their first record high in roughly five years, according to The Globe and Mail.

Then, on Tuesday, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill establishing rules and regulations for driverless cars, paving the way, as the Associated Press put it, for Google’s autonomous vehicles to steer their way onto sales lots.

Now, let’s see what the company gets for Christmas.

Disclosure: The author’s brother works for Google, but not on the aforementioned products.

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