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Google Announces Big Expansion In Latin America

More details of Google’s plan to hire 6,000 new employees have come to light.  It seems the search giant will focus an unusual amount of attention on Central and South America, making a special effort to step up operations in that area.

Facebook Picks Up New Employees From Pursuit
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Pursuit, a small startup designed to connect employers with job candidates via social networks, has secured what some people (though not all – more on that in a minute) would consider the ultimate prize.  A post on the company’s homepage indicates that it attracted Facebook’s attention in a big way.

Now, as you see for yourself below, it looks like at least part of the Pursuit team will go to work for the social network.  Which could mean Facebook intends to step on LinkedIn’s toes, if the Pursuit team sticks to the subject of recruitment.

Report: Pres. Of MySpace Music To Step Down
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In fairness to MySpace: its brand recognition is off the charts, and it still receives traffic for which many sites’ owners would kill.  But just about everyone who doesn’t work for the unit agrees that it’s declining, and now it looks like the president of MySpace Music has joined that crowd.

Facebook Hires Google’s Latin America Head

Although Google’s famous for being one of the world’s best employers, Facebook has been able to lure workers away on a regular basis, and the social network’s starting to get quite aggressive about it.  Indeed, the latest switch involves Alexandre Hohagen, Google’s (former) top-ranking exec in Latin America.

Twitter Poaches MySpace’s Director Of Business Development

Depending on your perspective, Twitter’s recruiters have either succeeded or struck again.  After luring employees away from Google, Yahoo, and Facebook, they’ve now also brought Rita Garg, Director of Business Development at MySpace, onboard.

Garg has a rather impressive resume.  For starters, she attended both Stanford (getting a BA in Economics) and the Harvard Business School (earning an MBA).

Google Makes Job Offer To Nokia Engineers
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Earlier this week, Google Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra raised a few eyebrows by calling Nokia and Microsoft "turkeys" on Twitter.  That jab apparently wasn’t aimed at all of Nokia’s workers, however, as someone else at Google has now extended an offer of employment.

Starbucks CEO Joins Groupon Board Of Directors
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Groupon employees might want to look for the quality of coffee at their workplace to improve in the near future.  This afternoon, Groupon announced that Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, has joined its board of directors.  Groupon got an unspecified amount of money from a VC firm, too.

Let’s cover the funding news first, since there’s not much to say.  Groupon only explained in a statement, "Maveron LLC, a venture capital firm co-founded by Mr. Schultz, has invested in the company."

President Of Akamai To Join Yahoo’s Board Of Directors

Heads up, Yahoo watchers.  On April 1st, the company’s board of directors will undergo a change, with longtime board member Eric Hippeau resigning his post. David Kenny, the president of Akamai, will then join the group.

To first give some info on the departing member: Hippeau’s been on Yahoo’s board of directors since 1996.  He’s also served as CEO of the Huffington Post since 2009.  Now, however, he’s leaving behind both positions to join Lerer Ventures.

Microsoft Search Head Gets Big Promotion
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Whoever’s in charge of printing Microsoft employees’ business cards is sure to be loading the machines with some of the best paper and ink available.  Microsoft announced today that Satya Nadella has been promoted, gaining the title "President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business."

Google Tallies 75,000 Job Applications In Single Week
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Nine days ago, Google announced with some fanfare that it intended to hire at least 6,000 new employees this year.  Now, it turns out the response was immediate and almost overwhelming, as a representative’s said over 75,000 people submitted applications last week.

Google of course has a lot of things working in its favor, from a market cap of $195 billion to a reputation for being a great place to work.  The combination of high pay, dogs, and free food (among other things) should appeal to a wide range of people.

eBay Attracts Employees From Bing, Facebook

eBay lost an important employee last week (the VP of product development at PayPal jumped to Google) but things are now looking up on the personnel front.  The company’s managed to poach one staff member each from Bing and Facebook, and both men have rather impressive resumes.

Yahoo VP Leaving For Groupon
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The company that’s said to have turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google has now lured an important employee away from the second-biggest name in search.  Michael Shim, Vice President of Mobile Business Development and Partnerships at Yahoo, will soon start at Groupon.

Shim’s resume is quite impressive.  After graduating from Georgetown University and Cornell Law School, he worked for a time as a corporate lawyer.  Then he collected some paychecks from AOL before starting at Yahoo in 2006.

Twitter Adds Bing’s Principal Scientist To Employee List

"Principal scientist" is an important-sounding title, and it’s hard to imagine any person holding it wouldn’t contribute a lot to his or her company.  Unfortunately for Microsoft, it looks like Bing’s principal scientist was lured away by Twitter.

PayPal VP Of Product Development Moves To Google
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Fans of Google Checkout and/or the idea of paying for things with your Android smartphone have reason to cheer this morning: Osama Bedier, the (former) vice president of product development at PayPal, has taken a job with a certain search giant.

Details are light about what Bedier might do at Google.  Nonexistent, really, so we’ll be sure to provide an update if and when that info becomes available.  UPDATE: Bedier’s LinkedIn profile now indicates he’s a VP at Google.

Yahoo Confirms Layoffs Ahead Of Q4 Earnings Report

In a few minutes, Yahoo will release an earnings report concerning the fourth quarter of 2010, but prior to that, the company’s admitted that yet another round of layoffs is taking place.  The number of affected individuals is probably in the neighborhood of 140.

Obviously, that’s not great news for those people, and it may not be a good sign for Yahoo, either.  Many companies are expanding, not contracting, as the economy recovers.

Google Plans 1,000-Person Hiring Spree In Europe

Anyone concerned that Google’s growth will slow under Larry Page can probably at least put aside those fears with respect to the company’s headcount.  Outgoing CEO Eric Schmidt announced today that Google intends to hire 1,000 people in Europe alone.

Google Snags Microsoft Kinect Developer
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Last year, Google invested in Zynga and Ngmoco, acquired Slide and Jambool, and unveiled games intended for the Chrome Web Store in rapid succession.  Now, the search giant may be ready to take another game-related step, as it’s hired Kinect developer Johnny Chung Lee to join a special projects group.

Rumor: Chrome Chief To Stick With Google Despite Twitter Bid
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As news stories go, there have been more interesting ones than an employee not switching companies.  However, rumors indicated that Twitter was courting Google’s Sundar Pichai, and in order to keep him – which Google has – Google likely had to lay out a significant sum of money.

To set the scene: Sundar Pichai has been with Google for almost seven years.  Currently, he serves as a vice president of product management, and he’s also in charge of Chrome and Chrome OS.  So Pichai’s very much an important person at the company.

MySpace Confirms 47 Percent Staff Reduction

If you happen to know anyone who’s employed by MySpace, today’s a good day to keep them in your thoughts.  MySpace CEO Mike Jones confirmed that heavy layoffs will occur, with 47 percent of the company’s employees (or roughly 500 people) due to be affected.

While it’s hard to imagine that half of MySpace’s workforce contributed absolutely nothing, and it’s extra suspicious that Jones made his announcement at a time when the Verizon/iPhone hoopla was distracting everyone, the CEO did try to indicate that MySpace is in good shape now.

New SVP Of Yahoo Media Network Hired

Most stories covering personnel moves at Yahoo don’t exactly count as wins for the company, but it looks like Yahoo’s set to attain a victory.  Reports indicate Mickie Rosen will soon assume the title "Senior Vice President of the Yahoo Media Network."

Rosen has an impressive resume.  Her career began at McKinsey & Company, a large and well-known consulting firm, while she attended Harvard Business School.  She did stints at Disney, Quisic, Idealab, and Fandango afterward.

Facebook Poaches News Corp. Gaming Exec

This weekend, word spread that Facebook had raised $500 million in funding at a valuation of $50 billion, and following that, we imagine a few early employees and investors placed orders for Ferraris and the like.  The company, meanwhile, has hired Sean Ryan, who previously helped oversee News Corp.’s gaming division.

Of course, the timing may be coincidental, especially considering that neither development was either announced or confirmed through official channels.  Still, it looks like Facebook has secured a valuable asset in Ryan.