Its revenues reached $16 billion in the latest quarter, and the company now has more than 52,000 employees.
Google has also amassed an impressive cash hoard—more than $61 billion at the end of June. Despite that, Google says publicly that "we have never declared or paid a cash dividend, nor do we expect any cash dividends in the foreseeable future."
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Still, Google has put some of its riches to work, acquiring more than 150 companies, from Motorola Mobility and Nest to a wave of robotics and wireless companies.
But the core is search, and the advertising generated from those queries.
The numbers on Google search are massive by any metric. Google processes over 3.5 billion searches every day and more than 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide.
Mobile search is becoming a bigger piece of its business. While Yahoo and Microsoft have sought to eat into Google's search and advertising market share, they've come up short thus far.
With all of Google's projected endeavors, like Glass and self-driving cars, there's no question Google wants to remain the world's main destination to access the wealth of information at home, work and in an increasingly mobile world.
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—By CNBC's Mark Berniker