Google Inc. has hired the lead engineer behind the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, who is splitting his time between the search company and the open-source project.
Ben Goodger, who helped shepherd the Firefox 1.0 release that has dug into Microsoft Corp.’s browser dominance, joined Google as a full-time employee earlier this month. While Goodger is a full-time Google employee, Google also is donating half of his time back to the Mozilla Foundation, Google spokesman Steve Langdon said.
Google has never been shy about grabbing talent where they can find it. It’s obviously a winning strategy, since they keep coming up with the best software around.
Another point in THIS story, though, is that it will intensify rumors about Google fielding their own browser.