Google CEO loses voice before meeting

Google CEO Larry Page has missed an annual shareholder meeting because he lost his voice.

Page's absence was announced at the beginning of the meeting on Thursday by executive chairman Eric Schmidt.

Schmidt told shareholders that Page's voice problems would also prevent him from speaking next week at a Google conference about Android software for smartphones.

Page would also miss a conference call with analysts next month when Google reviewed its financial results for the second quarter.

Schmidt said Page, 39, would continue as CEO while he recovered. No further information about the nature of Page's voice difficulty was provided.

Page, Google's co-founder, replaced Schmidt as CEO last year.

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