Google turns 12 years old

Google officially turns 12 years old today, and to celebrate, the internet giant has replaced its regular logo with an image of a cake.

Twelve today: Google marks birthday with cake image
Twelve today: Google marks birthday with cake image

This new image has been created by the American artist Wayne Thiebaud, renowned for his paintings of everyday objects, and closely associated with the Pop art movement.

Today’s change of logo appears to confirm Google’s official birthday as 27 September. In the past the company has acknowledged its birthday on 7 September as well.

The domain name Google.com was officially registered on 15 September, 1997.

In a curious nod to the ever-evolving world of communications, "a Googler" also announced the birthday via micro-blogging site Twitter today with the message "Our thanks to Wayne Thiebaud for helping us celebrate our 12th bday with a lovely doodle!".

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