And if you want to leave other Google services, we make it easy to do that too—youcan even take your data with you, without any hassle. We want consumers to staywith us because we’re innovating and making our products better—not becausethey’re locked in.
Third: Be open, not closed.Open technology includes both open source, meaning we release and actively supportcode that helps grow the Internet, and open standards, meaning we adhere toaccepted standards and, if none exist, work to create standards that improve theentire Internet.
Fourth: Be transparent.We share more information about how our search engine and other products workthan any of our competitors. And we give advertisers detailed information abouttheir performance and return on investment.
Finally: The only constant is change.Ten years ago, no one would have guessed that the IT landscape, vocabulary oreconomics would look like it does today. And no one knows what it will look like inone year or five years.Despite what others might say about the American economy, I still think the future is verybright. While there’s no doubt that we’re facing difficult times, there has never been a moreexciting time to be a part of the technology business.While others have given up on the American economy, Google is doubling down.We’re investing in people. In 2002 we had fewer than 1,000 employees working at Google.Today we have more than 24,000.And we’re hiring: earlier this year we announced 2011 would be our biggest hiring year yet,and we’re on target to meet that goal.We’re investing in mobile. Just look at our plans to acquire a great American company,Motorola Mobility. We believe that our proposed acquisition of Motorola, like many previousmoves we’ve made, is good for competition, innovation and the American economy. It’s abig bet but we’re confident that the acquisition will lead to growth and innovation in mobiletechnology.We’re investing in local. Today97% of people look online for local goods and services, but63% of America’s small businesses don’t have a website. That’s why we’ve started aninitiative to help small businesses get online. We’ve partnered with Intuit to offer localbusinesses free websites and tips on how to grow their online presence.Last year alone, Google’s search and advertising tools provided 64 billion dollars ineconomic activity to other companies, publishers and non-profits in the U.S. and we’reproud of this contribution to the economy.