Liz Gannes

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Last Time Larry Was CEO: Google Parties in 1999 (Video)

Sergey Brin’s flannel overshirt, Larry Page’s side part and a whole lot of happy, wholesome nerds were on display at one of Google’s staff “TGIF” meetings from 1999, captured for posterity on video. The company’s former director of consumer marketing and brand management for Google, Doug Edwards, recently wrote a book about his experiences, and has now posted this clip from an early TGIF when the company had fewer than 60 employees. Skip to the end to see Sergey give Larry the ultimate birthday gift: a gamer chair.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik