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Google celebrates birthday with cake

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(Read caption) Google turned 12 today. And the media giant celebrated with a pixelated birthday cake.

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Twelve years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin registered the domain for Google.com, a site which they hoped would revolutionize the very way information is organized on the Web. It's fair to say they succeeded. And today, Google, a multi-billion dollar company based in Mountain View, Calif., is celebrating its 12th birthday with a big, digitized birthday cake logo, courtesy of the American painter Wayne Thiebaud.

Thiebaud is best known for his Pop Art renderings of sweets and candies, making him the perfect candidate to contribute artwork for the Google bash. The cake logo will be displayed for the rest of the day on the Google homepage and on search results pages.

"As far as Google's birthday is concerned, today's logo change solidifies the notion that Google's birthday is, indeed, September 27," notes Stan Schroeder of Mashable, a popular tech blog. "Google had previously been unclear about the exact date, sometimes celebrating on September 7, although the Google.com domain was registered on September 15, 1997."

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