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Google is a technology company providing products and services to organize information. Google, Inc. (GOOG) was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. The company reports four broad revenue segments: the Google website, Adsense Google Network websites, total advertising and other revenue.

In the Google website segment, the company competes with search innovator Yahoo (YHOO), Internet pioneer and media company AOL (AOL), technology giant Microsoft, business and career social networking site LinkedIn, and several other companies.

The Adsense Google Network websites compete with the previously mentioned Yahoo and AOL, among others.

In the total advertising revenue segment, Google competes with Yahoo and AOL along with employment website operator Monster Worldwide, online travel conglomerate Expedia (EXPE), media company Scripps Interactive (SNI), media conglomerate E.W. Scripps Company and online auctioneer eBay (EBAY). It also competes with the Gannett Company, Inc, which has the largest circulation of newspapers in the United States; entertainment and mass media multinational The Walt Disney Company (DIS); IAC Interactive (IACI), an Internet company with over 50 brands; social network company Facebook (FB); online travel website operator Priceline; the social media newcomer Twitter; the previously mentioned Microsoft and LinkedIn, among others.

In the other revenues segment, Google competes with database pioneer and technology services giant Oracle, software company PTC, semiconductor giant Intel, independent software company CA Technologies, software company Compuware, American semiconductor company EMC, software company Red Hat and network optimizer F5 Networks. Other Google competitors in this segment include IP protocol device manufacturer Cisco Systems, multinational technology company Hewlett-Packard, computer security company Symantec, risk management and bond rating company Moody's Investor Services, American technology icon IBM, cloud computing and customer relationship company Salesforce, and Microsoft, among others.

Google reported $59.83 billion in revenue for its fiscal year 2013, and it has a market capitalization of $367.88 billion as of Nov. 20, 2014. Street analysts' consensus estimates are for revenue of $66.48 billion for fiscal 2014. The company pays no dividend.

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