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After the war seven long years ago

2 men gave me life,

But solemn in peace not in bloody strife

Now 17 years have passed

And my enemies I have surpassed

For I am all around them

4 colors I flash, and 6 letters I splash

Across a great white canvas

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Something to do with Kosovo war in 1999? I'll make an attempt at it when I get home $\endgroup$ – Oak Jan 30 '16 at 19:20
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I think it is:

Google.

After the war, 2 men gave me life,

It was founded in Sept. 1998, by two men (Larry Page and Sergey Brin). According to wikipedia the only war that ended in 1998 was a War in Abkhazia, it's a bit obscure, but let's go with that!

In peace not in strife

They are a peaceful company, with a peaceful "do no evil" policy.

Now 17 years have passed, and my enemies I have surpassed

At time of posting, they are 17 years old (and 4 months).

For I am all around them

Google is everywhere, in lots of areas, and dominant in its core industry.

4 colors I flash, and 6 letters I splash

Logo has 4 colours, "Google" has 6 letters.

Across a great white canvas

Their home page has always been intentionally left mostly blank white.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice! Spot on answer! How's you figure it out? $\endgroup$ – fi12 Jan 30 '16 at 20:32
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    $\begingroup$ The last two lines gave the idea, then the other clues confirmed it with some... um... googling. However, I've just realised the dates don't add up. Google was founded in 1998, so the 17 years is correct, but subtracting 17 from 2016 I got 1999 and this matched another comment so I found that. Hrm. $\endgroup$ – jhabbott Jan 30 '16 at 20:41
  • $\begingroup$ @fi12 I've edited in the answer to correct the above mistake... if you feel this is now wrong, feel free to unaccept it. $\endgroup$ – jhabbott Jan 30 '16 at 20:46
  • $\begingroup$ I was actually thinking of the cold war which ended in 91. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Jan 30 '16 at 20:48
  • $\begingroup$ I probably should've clarified in the riddle that the war ended 7 years ago. $\endgroup$ – fi12 Jan 30 '16 at 20:49

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