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What do the balls mean?!

This final note, in which I try crowdsourcing to help figure out something that's been bugging me all day. What's up with Google today? Y'know how on its homepage they sometimes change their logo depending on the day. Red, white and blue for the Fourth of July, the Olympic rings during the Olympics. It's usually pretty clever actually. Today's a little bizzare. The logo's just these little balls that form the word "Google." They scatter all over the page when you run your mouse over them. No rhyme, or reason or obvious celebration that I can think that I'm missing. So, if you know what's up, lemme know -- letters@marketplace.org. Or, through our website where the logo doesn't change.

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.
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The sheer amount of "playing with these balls" comments with their requisite "do you realize what you've just said" followups being generated internet-wide was reason enough. Excellent job Google, sophomoric, but well played nonetheless.

Happy anniversary!

My understanding is that the logo is to celebrate Google's anniversary...I learned that from another article on NPR.org.

You should check it out sometime..might learn something ;)

-M

The enclosed link may answer your question about the Google's bouncing balls logo.

My understanding is that the logo is to celebrate Google's anniversary...I learned that from another article on NPR.org.

You should check it out sometime..might learn something ;)

-M

This may seems uninformed, but it's just cool. I could play with these all day.

Sorry I didn't notify you. The reason for the excited bouncing balls is that today is my son's birthday.

Today is the birthday of THE most brilliant, charming, caring...son on the planet. Now, I have shown the light on all the proud mothers, who welcomed their son into the world on this day.

Thank you for noticing Google's salute.

Hey Kai,
Thanks for asking the question we were all thinking, "why the logo bouncing ball game?" So birthday celebration or announcement of new html5 code still uncertain, what is with today's Google logo? It is a ghost of its former self. Perhaps Google will post both of thes logos and their significance on their past logo page.
Allison from Atlanta

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