Public (and there are more such announcements coming)
- Micah Dubinko -> Yahoo
XForms Specification Editor
- TV Raman IBM -> Google
Participant of many W3C working groups
- Flickr Team Ludicorp -> Yahoo
includes Stewart Butterfield, Caterina Fake, Eric Costello, Cal Henderson, George Oates, John Allspaw, Heather Champ, Aaron Straup Cope, Corey Fake, Serguei Mourachov, Paul Lloyd, Kakul Srivastava, Ana Zavala, Dathan Pattishall
- Dave Beckett Bristol Univ. -> Yahoo
RDF / Semantic Web, created of librdf
- Vinton Cerf MCI, ICann -> Google
One of the "Fathers of the Internet"! What a catch!
- Mike Pinkerton AOL -> Google
Camino/Firefox developer, joins Google's Firefox dev team
"I am leaving King Yao. He is so obsessed with the ideas of benevolence that I am afraid something ridiculous will come of it. In any event, funny or not, this kind of thing eventually ends with people eating each other raw.
"At that moment, there is a great wave of solidarity. The people think they are loved, and they respond with enthusiasm. They are all behind the king because they think he is making them rich. Praise is cheap, and they are all competing for favor. But soon they will have to accept something they do not like and the whole thing will collapse.
"When justice and benevolence are in the air, a few people are really concerned with the good of others, but the majority are aware that this is a good thing, ripe for exploitation. They take advantage of the situation. For them, benevolence and justice are traps to catch birds. Thus benevolence and justice rapidly come to be associated with fraud and hypocrisy. Then everybody doubts. And that is when trouble really begins."
"Flight from benevolence"
Also, an amusing, cheesy, tongue-in-cheek but really quite accurate tale of Google as the 9 billion names of God. (Er, not the sentient part... that's just silly.)