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Rank in Internet Services and Retailing: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.74
Why it's admired:For Google, 2011 proved a period of transition. Eric Schmidt passed the CEO reins onto co-founder Larry Page in April, who not long after essentially streamlined the company into six major product areas, including search, social, mobile, and ads.
Google made several acquisitions, spending $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility and $125 million for Zagat, among others. Consumer-facing services like Gmail, YouTube, and Google Reader saw significant updates, and the company finally unveiled its social network, Google+. Android also continued to dominate. According to Andy Rubin, SVP of mobile, 700,000 Android devices are now activated every day.
Where are the Most Admired?
The Most Admired companies in America are spread out across the country, but a few states dominate.