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Transforming a bastardized spelling of a relatively obscure mathematical term into an everyday verb. Making lord knows how many day-to-day tasks easier. Gmail. That’s a much stronger legacy than most of those bubble-era MOPs—you know, the ones who thought they could get folks to go online whenever they ran out of dental floss—left behind. So on the whole, it’s hard to begrudge Google co-creators Sergey Brin and Larry Page the hundreds of zeroes that no doubt weigh down their paychecks. But even if Google arguably is the best thing since Gutenberg, Washington Post reporter David A. Vise (pictured) and Mark Malseed’s telling of the company’s story, The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media and Technology Success of Our Time, is a bit too sunshiney in spots. In the first chapter, Israeli high-schoolers greet Brin and Page with “the kind of roars and excitement that teenagers normally reserve for rock stars.” When Mikhail Gorbachev and Shimon Peres show up, Vise and Malseed write, the school’s stage “became the world’s stage, the place where past, present, and future converged with unlimited potential.” And one planned feature of Gmail would give it that “Googley sense of magic.” Still, I gotta admit that the first appendix, with its Google for Dummies–style rundown of “23 Google Search Tips” was helpful: I didn’t know about the calculator and dictionary functions. Vise and Malseed speak at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Borders, 18th and L Streets NW. Free. (202) 466-4999.