Google Les Paul Doodle Cost Businesses $268 Million

06/20/2011
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A report by Extreme Tech estimated that last week's Google "doodle," featuring a playable stringed logo in honor of the late Les Paul, cost businesses 166 million ($268.4 million) in lost productivity.

The doodle was released on what would have been the guitar great's 96th birthday, June 9. It proved so popular that the search engine site left the doodle up on its landing page for a second day.

The report, released in the Daily Mail, claims that workers spent a total of 10.7 million hours playing with the doodle, on which they were able to record what they played and email that recording to their friends. During the two-day stretch, 740 million visitors spent an average of 26 seconds on the page. more on this story

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