Lead Firefox Engineer to work for Google

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News in via neowin says that lead Firefox engineer Ben Goodger is to work for Google - fueling rumours that the dreaded GBrowser that was denied in October last year may once again be on the table.

From Inside Firefox:

My role with Firefox and the Mozilla project will remain largely unchanged, I will continue doing much the same work as I have described above - with the new goal of successful 1.1, 1.5 and 2.0 releases. I remain devoted full-time to the advancement of Firefox, the Mozilla platform and web browsing in general. I'm sure you have many questions. While I will be spending more time at Google, I will work out of the Mozilla Foundation offices regularly as the need arises.

Now if that doesn't fuel a few conspiracy theories and wild speculation im just gonna pack up go home heh..

And from Neowin:

Mozilla and Google have been working closely in 2004 behind the scenes. A recent Mozilla Developer Day 2004 was held at the Google campus allowing those interested in developing applications for Firefox to learn more. Google have invested heavily in JavaScript powered web apps like Gmail and Google Suggest. Some have speculated on Ben Goodger and Chris Wetherell teaming up to make new Gecko based programs. Google is currently featured as the default homepage and the company have a 'customized' search engine for the Firefox browser.

Of course there are probably a host of other reasons why Google would employ Ben other than to build the GBrowser but for now, that remains the hot topic...

added: Interesting that allthough there is a comments box on Bens blog and you can fill it in, it just says "you are not allowed to comment" when you hit send - sloppy sloppy sloppy...


hmmmm I don't see the GBrowser just yet

Though I think it will eventually surface as MSN pushes further into the search space... I would think it may be more to develop a better integration with FireFox itself... Do you see Explorer having all those Google toolbar features when MSN has it's own toolbar already there...

And now one more....

BetaNews have the scoop on Darin Fisher also from Mozilla joining the Google payroll.

Darin, a former IBM and Netscape employee, is a "module owner" for the Mozilla project and is in charge of cookies and permissions, as well as Mozilla's networking library. As did Goodger, Darin promises to remain devoted to his current work, despite monetary backing from Google. "Like Ben, I will still be very much involved with the Mozilla project and community," Darin wrote in his Web log.


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