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Google Inc briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the world's second-most valuable company, trailing only Apple Inc and underscoring the growing role of technology in the economy. 

Google Glass, the latest toy from the IT and media firm, allows you to see the projected screen without it blocking your vision. It was intended to give you all of the benefits of a smartphone, without the need to hold the device up where you can see it. Google Glass allows you to browse the internet, obtain directions to locations, send text messages, take pictures and more. (Photo by AP)

Google, which became the world’s largest online advertiser through its dominant search engine, had a higher market capitalisation during intraday trading on Friday before falling back at the close in New York to a value of $395.4 billion compared to Exxon’s $395.7 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Apple had a market value of $463.5 billion. Microsoft Corp is No. 4 with $303.5 billion.

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