7 Ways Larry Page Is Defining Google's Future

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The Boy King: Larry Page served as CEO during Google's startup days. | Photograph by Paul Sakuma/AP

How new CEO Larry Page will lead the company he co-founded into the future.


It's not Helen of Troy or the assassination of an archduke, but this spelling-bee-worthy 10-cent word also launched a war, the Great Search Engine War of 2011, between Google and Microsoft. Over the past few years, one of Google's primary technical goals has been to improve its search engine for misspellings of unusual queries. It's relatively easy for Google to figure out that you mean "Obama" when you type "Onama." But what about something that people rarely search for -- and that they rarely spell correctly when they do? For a search scientist, that's the beautiful challenge of tarsorrhaphy, a gruesome-sounding surgical procedure.

When Google's search team figured out how to offer
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