Google Hires Mozilla Firefox Engineer

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.

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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.