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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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus