Founders Back Away from Scary New Google

It's official: Google's co-founders will relinquish their voting control of the company over the next five years via stock sales, netting $6 billion in the process. Which begs the question: Are they getting bored?

Google said the stock sale was merely part of Larry Page and Sergey Brin's "long-term strategies for individual asset diversification and liquidity." The duo will still have a hard-to-beat 48 percent of the company between them. But the stock sale is highly symbolic, and we can't help but wonder if all of Google's political issues — privacy, China, Google Books, Google Voice, etc. etc. — have the former computer science grad students feeling restless. After all, as author Ken Auletta tells Beet.tv in the clip excerpted above, even Brin himself concedes that human-to-human interactions aren't his forte.