GOOGLE PICKS GATES’ BRAINS

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Google, $1.67 billion richer from its August initial public offering, is spending its money poaching the brightest minds from arch-rival Microsoft and other tech giants. Based on the half-dozen hires in recent weeks, Google appears to be planning to launch its own Web browser and other software products to challenge Microsoft. Google has wooed Joshua Bloch, one of the main developers of the Internet programming language Java, from Sun Microsystems. More

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