Steven Levy on Google: When Bill Gates was puzzled about Gmail's space
The New York Times said last April that when Google opened for business in China in 2006, Eric Schmidt, its chairman, said, “Google has 5,000 years of patience in China.” But its divorce from the country just four years later was inevitable because operations there were troubled from the start. That is the conclusion of Steven Levy, a longtime technology journalist who spent three years reporting inside the company to write “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives.” The newspaper says the book, a wide-ranging history of the company from start-up to behemoth, sheds light on the biggest threats Google faces today, from the Chinese government to Facebook and privacy critics. There are also some insights on Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder.
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