is a fictional company created when Google
merged with Amazon.com
in the popular flash movie EPIC 2014
, released in November 2004. As the story goes, Google, having consolidated all of its services into the Google Grid
– a, "universal platform that provides a functionally limitless amount of storage space and bandwidth to store and share media of all kinds" – and Amazon.com, with its, "social recommendation engine" and, "huge commercial infrastructure" combine forces to battle with Microsoft
and its fictional Newsbotster
. This leads to the "News Wars of 2010", which are, "notable for the fact that no actual news organizations take part". Googlezon triumphs and unleashes EPIC
(Evolving Personalized Information Construct), a universal, personalized news submission and distribution system that is so popular it effectively puts the fourth estate
out of business.
According to the film's creators, Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson, Googlezon was the initial concept that led to the creation of EPIC 2014 in the spring of 2004. Interestingly enough, Amazon.com launched its new A9.com search engine during the same year, although it is unclear if the film's creators were inspired by Amazon.com's new product. Since 2006, A9 has been powered by Microsoft's Windows Live.com search.
The term has since gained a life of its own, sometimes being used to generally refer to real or hypothetical convergences of Google-like and Amazon-like technology. The term Amazoogle is sometimes used to describe the same effect.