Google's Larry Page, Hushed: Bug or Feature?

Google CEO Larry Page in 2012 Photograph by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

Yesterday was a doozie for celebrities and their personal medical histories. First up was Angelina Jolie, who explained in a bold op-ed for the New York Times,My Medical Choice,” why she elected to have double-mastectomy surgery. Then, a few hours later, Google’s co-founder and chief executive, Larry Page, took to Google+ to explain what had happened to his voice. His post wasn’t nearly as profound as Jolie’s—his condition is rare, and it’s rarely life-threatening—and it was far less of a rallying cry. Even so, it was potentially sensational stuff given that his health is material to a $300 billion public company, and people in Silicon Valley still talk about what they didn’t know about the severity of Steve Jobs’s cancer.

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