Monday, August 08, 2005

MS nixes Google hire | The Register: "'Lee is not a search expert,' they state, pretty baldly. 'throughout his career ... Lee was an executive who managed groups developing technologies in the area of speech engines and enhancing the user interface.' All his triumphs were someone else's work, they insist. And Lee didn't know anything about the commercial sphere, either. Hey, welcome to Google, you phoney. In fact the whole lawsuit reads like a work of fiction, and deserves to be forgetten fairly quickly. Two questions can't be, though - why did Microsoft push back now, with Lee? And how significant is this hiring spree? Is Google trophy hunting or are these make-or-break hires? The latter is a very good question, and it's worth looking at how much value media-visible rocket scientists have contributed. Recent evidence suggests not."

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