Google Snatches A9 Chief

    February 8, 2006

Google has hired away Udi Manber, chief algorithms officer at Amazon’s A9 and former Yahoo chief scientist.

Lately, not only is Google the resume delivering spot of choice for big brains with new degrees, but they’ve been scoring some of the top talent at their competitors as well.

A9, while not exactly threatening the big 5 search engines, has gotten great press (and accolades from myself) for innovations on interface and leadership in collaboration with other search engines as part of the OpenSearch program, and I’m sure the loss of Udi will hurt. He is replaced by Intel VP David Tennenhouse.

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