Facebook Snags Chrome Engineering Director

Chrome OS said to be in good shape, anyway

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A man who, according to his LinkedIn profile, "started and manage[d] the Chrome OS project" is now leaving Google.  Matthew Papakipos announced this afternoon on Twitter that his future paychecks will come from Facebook, instead.

You can read Papakipos’s tweet about the shift for yourself below.  It actually makes the situation sound almost positive for Google, in a the-real-work-is-done-and-now-I-want-another-challenge sense.

Still, no matter how solid the first version of Chrome turns out to be, it’s hard to imagine that Google wouldn’t prefer to keep Papakipos around.  Papakipos, an engineering director, founded PeakStream before it was acquired by Google, worked at Nvidia prior to that, and earlier still, earned a degree from Brown.

That means he should be a valuable asset for Facebook, anyway.

Of course, Facebook and Papakipos haven’t seen fit to tell anyone what he’ll be doing there.  It’s hard to guess, too, given that Chrome and most of the other stuff Papakipos has worked on over the years isn’t similar to any known project at the social network.

We’ll see what happens; a Facebook browser or operating system would certainly be interesting.

Hat tip goes to Eric Eldon.

Facebook Snags Chrome Engineering Director
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  • Roy

    Facebook is eating Google’s lunch everyday. One bite at a time. I bet there must be a lot of concern at Google’s HQ. Facebook’s search engine will come out anytime now. Doug will break the news :-)

    • Guest

      A FB browser will sure be a game changer. Can you imagine FB contacting their millions of users asking them to install their browser for a “better experience blah blah blah? And those users are loyal. That will really be a threat to both Google and MS.

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    goodluck to you :)

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