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Groupon Appoints Amazon Exec CFO

The company that supposedly turned down a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google has now given another sign that it has some very interesting financial plans.  Groupon announced today that it’s secured Jason Child, a high-ranking exec at Amazon, as its chief financial officer.

Child held the title "Vice President of Finance" for Amazon’s international business prior to this move, and that role put him in within a department worth about $14 billion.  So Child has valuable experience with large, public companies that operate in more than one country.

Facebook Plans Hiring Spree In Ireland
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Any member of Facebook’s HR department who happens to be based in Ireland is going to have a busy year ahead of him (or her).  A new report’s indicated that Facebook intends to add 100 employees, thereby increasing the size of its Irish workforce by about 50 percent.

Google Tech Lead Moves On To LinkedIn

Given Google’s hiring standards, it’s a decent bet that even the janitors have more coding ability than the developers at some other firms.  An impending personnel loss may be all that much worse for the search giant, then, as an employee with the title "Tech Lead" has decided to leave for LinkedIn.

Yahoo’s Mergers And Acquisitions Chief To Split

The odds of Yahoo making any brilliant acquisitions in the near future – which were arguably already slim – appear set to decrease again.  A report’s indicated that Andrew Siegel, the head of corporate development (and therefore mergers and acquisitions) is leaving the company.

Barry Diller Gives Up Role Of IAC CEO

Less than a month after IAC’s Ask.com announced its decision to stop competing in the search market, another major change is taking place as Barry Diller gives up the title "CEO of IAC."   Gregg Blatt, who previously served as CEO of Match.com, will replace Diller.

Microsoft Names Principal Architect Of Bing Mobile

A man who fostered a great reputation in the geospatial community by founding OpenStreetMap, "a free editable map of the whole world," has started working for Microsoft.  The company announced today that Steve Coast will assume the impressive title "Principal Architect of Bing Mobile."

Twitter To Add European Employees Next Year

It looks like a whole new push to gain users, attract advertisers, or do both will soon get underway at Twitter.  The company’s confirmed that it’ll have employees based in Europe starting sometime next year.

Open Positions At Google Top 2,000 In Number
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As of September 30th, Google had 23,331 full-time employees, and that’s an impressive number, considering the company had just 21,805 full-time workers three months earlier.  But now the number’s set to jump again, as Google is looking to hire an additional 2,000 or so new employees.

Significant Yahoo Layoffs Rumored
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At a time when people should be decorating their offices in a festive manner, it seems that a large number of Yahoo employees will instead have to carry away their belongings in cardboard boxes.  Multiple sources indicate that Yahoo intends to conduct another round of layoffs in December.

Google India To Hire “Hundreds Of Engineers”
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Google India’s HR managers may be in for a hectic time.  Days after Google announced $1,000 bonuses and ten percent raises for all the company’s workers, a high-ranking employee has committed to hiring at least 200 engineers in the country.

Yahoo Names New North American Ad Sales Head
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Yahoo’s ad sales in Mexico, the U.S., and Canada may soon take off. That’s the idea, at least, as Yahoo announced this afternoon that it’s hired Wayne Powers, a Time Inc. Media Group exec, to act as Senior Vice President, …

Google Arranges 10% Raises, $1,000 Bonuses For All Employees

The next time you drink, eat, or maybe buy new furniture in the company of a Googler, consider letting him or her pick up the tab. Leaked info indicates that everyone at Google will get at least a 10 percent …

Yahoo’s CIO Out
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For the sake of its image, if nothing else, Yahoo would no doubt like to slow or stop the constant flow of departing employees.  But it looks like the stream is as steady as ever, with an especially central person – the company’s CIO – leaving this week.

One mitigating factor: Michael Kirwan didn’t spend an especially long time at Yahoo, with his stint just starting in July of last year.

Twitter Hires Adam Sharp As D.C. Liaison
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Politicians who don’t use Twitter may soon receive a visit from Adam Sharp.  Sharp announced this afternoon that he’s been hired by Twitter to represent the company in Washington, D.C.

We first discussed this position when Twitter put up a job posting in early June, and it doesn’t look like the role’s changed much since.  Sharp’s duties should involve promoting Twitter more than shaping government policy to favor it or anything like that.

YouTube CEO Hurley To Step Down
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A change in leadership will soon take place at the site Google bought for $1.65 billion.  While speaking at a conference in Ireland, YouTube cofounder and CEO Chad Hurley announced that he’ll step down and assume an advisory role.

Hurley was the last of YouTube’s cofounders to have close ties to the organization, and it’s not every day that a CEO operating at this level gives up his position, which makes the change significant.  In all honesty, though, this development may not be as exciting as it sounds.

Buzz Names Ross Levinsohn As New Yahoo Exec

A man with a very interesting history when it comes to social media and tech investments may soon be brought in to replace a high-ranking exec at Yahoo.  Rumor has it Hilary Schneider, EVP, Americas Region will step aside in order to make room for Ross Levinsohn.

Remember Levinsohn?  He used to work for Fox Interactive Media, and is credited with making the then-smart decision to purchase MySpace.  Plus, more recently, he’s been involved with some venture funds, perhaps gaining exposure to important up-and-coming companies.

Twitter Celebrates Hiring Of 300th Full-Time Employee
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Any Twitter historians out there may want to mark today on their calendars as a milestone of sorts.  This afternoon, the company announced that it’s hired its 300th full-time employee.

To provide a rough timeline documenting Twitter’s growth: it supposedly had 22 employees at the start of 2009, 110 at the start of 2010, 140 as of February 14th, and 205 as of June 4th.

Google Names Susan Wojcicki SVP

Susan Wojcicki is an important figure in Google’s history for all sorts of reasons, which we’ll run through in a moment.  But it looks like she’ll play an important role in its future, too, as word has come that Wojcicki was named a senior vice president yesterday.

A little background info: Wojcicki is the person who rented her garage to Larry and Sergey when they were in the process of founding Google.  She later became Google employee number 18, and managed to create everything from Google Doodles to AdSense over the years.

PayPal Names New CFO

The service that provides eBay with a good chunk of its revenue now has a new chief financial officer.  eBay announced today that Patrick Dupuis, formerly of contact center outsourcing specialist Sitel, is taking the CFO position at PayPal.

If that seems like an odd career path, the fact that BJC Healthcare, a nonprofit healthcare organization, employed Dupuis prior to Sitel may send your eyebrows even higher.  Dupuis did serve as CFO at both those outfits, however.

Digg CEO Announces Big Layoffs
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Six weeks after becoming Digg’s CEO, Matt Williams has made a tough call.  Williams announced today that he intends to lay off 37 percent of the organization’s employees in an effort to keep Digg out of the red.

Mozilla Introduces Gary Kovacs As New CEO
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There will soon be a new general (or even supreme commander) in the browser war.  Mozilla announced today that Gary Kovacs, who’s currently employed by SAP, will assume the title of "Mozilla CEO" starting November 8th.

Kovacs has an impressive resume.  Aside from SAP, he’s worked at Sybase, Adobe, Macromedia, Zi Corporation, and IBM, meaning he’s familiar with lots of tech and the inner workings of companies large and small.