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Google engineer heads to Facebook

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Google engineer heads to Facebook

Matthew Papakipos, a Google engineer director involved in the search engine's high-profile efforts to reshape browsers, has moved to Facebook, says CNet.

"Now that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it's time for something new. I'm going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!" tweeted Papakipos on Twitter.

Papakipos has been involved in the Chrome browser, Chrome OS browser-based operating system, and the WebGL project.

Leaked slides reveals Windows 8 goals

Slides leaked from Microsoft have revealed the design and feature goals for Windows 8, writes The Register.

The goals listed were that Windows 8 works on a slate form factor in addition to laptops and all-in-one PCs, complementing the form by providing instant power on. It also features facial recognition to pull user profiles, and feed into cloud services, allowing users to download applications from an online store.

The software giant has not commented on the slides as of yet.

Pirate Bay founding party disbands

The popular file-sharing Web site, The Pirate Bay, has seen its founding group, the Swedish anti-copyright group Piratbyran, disband, states BBC News.

The group decided to close following the death of a co-founder, with Marcin de Kaminski adding: “We don't feel we are needed anymore.”

The Piratbyran emerged in 2003 as a response to the Swedish body Antipiratbyran (anti-piracy bureau), which works to counter the sharing of copyrighted material online.

Obama to free spectrum

The US government wants to free up 500Mhz of wireless spectrum for commercial and unlicensed use, states ITWorld.

Obama's spectrum plan, which would nearly double the available spectrum for mobile telephone and broadband services, mirrors a proposal set out in the US Federal Communications Commission national broadband plan.

"Opening up spectrum will create the foundation for new private-sector investment and economic opportunity in mobile broadband and a range of other high-value uses," says Lawrence Summers, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council.

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