Google/Alphabet's $5bn share buyback was the geekiest ever, and maths fans will love it

 
Lynsey Barber
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Google geeked out in its latest earnings (Source: Getty)

Don't say Google - now known as Alphabet - doesn't know how to have a bit of fun.

Of course, it's the geeky type of fun that will bring a smile to the face of maths whizzes, or anyone who enjoys a good in-joke.

While a massive jump in earnings yesterday gained the most headlines, and a $5bn share buyback cheered investors, eagle-eyed readers spotted a quirky detail.

The share repurchase was a weirdly exact $5,099,019,513.59.

And that number (5.09901951359) just happens to be the square root of 26.... the number of letters in the alphabet.

Google isn't the only tech company that likes to have a little fun. Remember when Apple rickrolled us all? And not for the first time.

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