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Yahoo Loses VP Of Engineering To Skype

Considering that laws prevent kids from working much, and that many people try to retire by age 65, it’s a big deal when a person spends 10 years with a company.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, that means it’s also a big deal that Madhu Yarlagadda, a vice president of engineering, is leaving for Skype after more than 11 years.

Baidu Plans Dip Into Silicon Valley Talent Pool
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Even as Google’s making concessions for the sake of staying in China, its chief rival there is in one sense branching out.  Baidu announced today that it will hire some American engineers, and although that might not sound too remarkable, they’ll actually be the first people the company has hired straight from the U.S.

Facebook Snags Chrome Engineering Director
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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 after

Facebook Hires White House Economics Expert
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A round of applause for Facebook’s HR department, please.  Today, the company announced that it’s managed to hire Marne Levine, who last held the title(s) "Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council at the White House."

Twitter Advertises For Washington Liaison

Late last week, Twitter announced that it had 205 employees.  Now, the company is searching for number 206, and he (or she) won’t be your average engineer.  Twitter is instead breaking new ground by seeking a government liaison to represent it in Washington, D.C.

MySpace Music Hires Former Veoh Chief

The inner workings of MySpace Music – along with a lot of stuff users see – may be in for a significant upgrade.  The organization announced today that it’s named Dmitry Shapiro, who earned a degree of fame as the founder and former CEO of Veoh, as its chief technology officer.

Twitter Crests 200-Employee Mark
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It’s a good thing Twitter obtained new headquarters in October of last year, or else employees would probably be compelled to stack their cubicles and/or do sardine imitations at this point.  A Twitter VP announced this afternoon that the company now has 205 employees, and that fact indicates a whole lot of hiring has been taking place.

Sean Garrett, Twitter’s vice president of communications (who himself just started in February), provided the current figure and a little context with the tweet you can see below.

LinkedIn Hires Ex-Google Exec As Canada Head

Anyone who considered LinkedIn’s physical expansion into Canada an odd or ill-thought-out move may want to think again.  LinkedIn has been able to secure Jonathan Lister, the former country manager of Google Canada, as its own country manager in Canada.

Yahoo Homepage Boss Set To Depart
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An executive who’s been with Yahoo for over five years is leaving the company.  Word leaked this afternoon that Tapan Bhat – whose two titles are "Senior Vice President, Integrated Consumer Experience" and "Senior Vice President, Front Doors, Community and Network Services" – will depart.

Google Assimilates Travel Site’s Team

A few travel experts are themselves completing a trip this morning.  Google’s managed to get the folks behind Ruba – a travel site – to join its organization, and they’re all going to the Googleplex.

Ruba is 15 months old, and prior to this arrangement, was backed by Benchmark Capital (which has also invested in eBay, Twitter, and Yelp) and Draper Fisher Jurvetson (of Baidu, Hotmail, Skype, and Tesla Motors fame).  That speaks to some pretty interesting things taking place.

Key Engineer Leaves Twitter
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An engineer who joined Twitter in early 2007 and later earned the title "API Lead" has now left the company.  Alex Payne announced this afternoon that he’s quit, and will be moving on to act as cofounder, CPO, and CTO at a startup called BankSimple.

This is obviously bad news for Twitter in the sense that Payne was a valuable employee.  Twitter’s developer platform has played a huge role in making the site popular, and Payne’s experience would have been an asset as Twitter continues to grow.

Seven-Year Google Vet Goes To Work For Quantcast

It’s time for another personnel-related announcement, and this morning, Yahoo and Microsoft are off the hook.  Instead, it’s Google that someone is quitting, as a longtime employee of the company has decided to leave it in favor of a newly created position at Quantcast.

Google Looks To Hire “Social” Chief
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Google’s track record in terms of social media is not pretty.  Consider the facts: Orkut never caught on in the U.S., Lively was killed after about six months, and so far, Buzz hasn’t done much besides make people freak out.  Still, Google’s reportedly forging ahead by looking to hire a "Head of Social."

Facebook Hires Former FTC Chairman

The odds that any privacy group – or even the government – will be able to back Facebook into a corner appear to have plummeted.  Facebook’s hired Tim Muris, former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, to represent its interests in Washington.

Microsoft Advertising Exec To Leave For AOL
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A longtime Microsoft employee who plays an important role in the company’s advertising department is leaving the organization, according to a new report.  Then here’s the detail that may make his departure especially embarrassing for other execs in Redmond: Alex Gounares is heading to AOL.

MySpace Puts Former Googler Over Games, Dev Platform

Fresh off News Corp.’s quarterly earnings report, MySpace has added a new member to its team, and he looks more than capable of helping the site move forward.  In fact, the man’s spent a good deal of time working for a certain search giant, and he’ll oversee two businesses on which MySpace is putting more and more emphasis.

MySpace’s VP Of Corporate Communications To Leave
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Today is not likely to be remembered fondly by members of MySpace’s PR department.  One of the most visible people on MySpace’s payroll announced this afternoon that she is leaving, and to complicate the situation, Dani Dudeck is actually the company’s vice president of corporate communications.

Yahoo’s Head Of Advertising Platforms To Leave Company
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Although it’s hard to imagine that any company keeps all its employees forever, it looks like Yahoo continues to be worse than average in terms of retaining important people.  This afternoon, a report revealed that Bill Wise, who is in charge of Yahoo’s Advertising Platforms business, will leave the same as so many before him.

Twitter Names First CTO, Hires New VP Of Engineering

Twitter’s workforce grew in terms of both size and impressiveness this week.  The company has named its first CTO (promoting a current employee), and also hired someone away from Palm to act as its vice president of engineering.

Yahoo Names Next Chief Product Officer

Well, that didn’t take long.  Less than two weeks after Yahoo announced that chief technology officer and chief product officer Ari Balogh would be leaving the company, a semi-replacement’s been named: Blake Irving, a former Microsoft exec.

Microsoft’s Ad/Publisher Group To Get New Head

In less than one month, a change in leadership will occur within Microsoft’s Advertiser and Publisher Solutions group.  Scott Howe, the corporate vice president currently in charge of it, is set to leave on May 14th, with Rik van der Kooi replacing him.