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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work