03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Google: Too Big To Fail?

When Google sneezes, the entire Web catches a cold -- and perhaps worse

Google has already achieved the enviable marketing distinction of turning its name into a verb. There's probably not an Internet user in the world (even Steve Ballmer) who hasn't accessed it frequently for search and mapping. But its enormous popularity and global reach place an unintended burden on the search giant: When it goes down, the entire Web is shaken.

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