There’s a famous B.B. King blues tune called “The Thrill Is Gone.” I was recently on the phone with a Google employee (director level) who was expressing that very sentiment about his experience there. I was surprised to hear that from this particular individual. However, Google has seen some high profile departures and, dare I say it, “defections” to Facebook.

Now Fortune takes a long look at Google in what might be called “Act 2.” Where does Google Go Next?, interviews former Google employees and examines the state of all things Google, amid some indications that the company’s ability to continue unimpeded growth and maintain the excitement of its culture are under pressure.

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