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You can't just visit Google
So it is with Google. To visit the Googleplex is to visit any of the mass of structures that stretch across Mountain View, Calif. In each, code is being written, products are being tested (I witnessed the setup for a "Gadget Fiesta" -- whatever that means), and ideas are being debated.
On the Crittenden campus where I was, you get a particular flavor for the rebellious ethos that Google has spent years cultivating. There, you'll find unchained bikes painted in Googly colors for employees to ride around campus, electric charging stations for hybrid car owners, a bowling alley, and multiple baristas serving really good cappuccino.
Yet none of it impressed me as much as the number of Apple
This, Fools, was a brief snapshot of life in the Googleplex. Home to the enemy, the company vying with Apple to topple Research In Motion
It got me thinking: Maybe the real myth is that there's a war between these two. Sure, Apple and Google compete. But so do Tom and David Gardner, the Brothers Fool. They tease, taunt, and one-up each other. They joke. In the end, they're both better off for it. And so are, I suspect, Apple and Google.
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