Google Doodles a World With John Lennon

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    Google's animated John Lennon doodle.

    Imagine if John Lennon was still alive today. Google can.

    The search giant is paying homage to the late great Beatles singer, who would have turned 70 on Saturday.

    The Mountain View-based company not only gives up its logo to the slain singer but if you click on the Google logo with Lennon's face as the two o's, you will be led to a quick video of the hit song "Imagine" with a Google twist on it of course.

    Changing the company's logo on its splash page to mark an event or honor someone is nothing new but this is the first time Google has ever turned its logo into an animated doodle.

    "Starting today and all day tomorrow, which would have been John's 70th birthday, we're celebrating him with our first-ever animated video doodle," Google Doodler Mike Dutton wrote on the company blog. "The old saying, 'A picture is worth a thousand words' still rings true, so I hope a moving picture will help me adequately--and simply--thank John for the memories."

    The animation also falls in line with the launch of a new movie about the early life of the artist and the formation of the Beatles, which premieres Friday.