"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Tuesday, September 13, 2005
(Hat Tip: Google Blog)
(Google Blog) A Washington state judge ruled today that Dr. Kai-Fu Lee can immediately begin working for Google. (There's a profile of Dr. Lee in today's San Francisco Chronicle.) We're thrilled, and he's excited to get right to work on several big things, including recruiting, building our Chinese R&D center, and related government relations.
Editor's note: This is good news indeed as a loss in this case would have enabled Microsoft (who is getting better by the way, even if they imitate) to prevent dissatisfied employee's from leaving the company in order to work for it's current rival, Google. This latest ruling is probably not that much of a surprise, especially after a Steve Ballmer vowed to kill Google, revealing the companies attitude about the search giant king.
(Google Blog) But after listening to evidence at a two-day hearing last week and reviewing various documents and court briefs, the judge decided today in his ruling on Microsoft's request for a preliminary injunction to allow Dr. Lee to work on a much broader range of things for Google. There are some restrictions, but the ruling basically allows Dr. Lee to do what we've wanted him to be able to do.
Editor's note: The court basically was unable to find strong evidence that allowing Dr. Lee to work for Google would somehow give them an unfair advantage over Microsoft, freeing Dr. Lee (and future employee's) to join any rival that they choose. Google isn't out of the woods yet, as a final ruling in January will finalize (hopefully) any details of the case, but as far as this blogger is concerned, Google has once again defeated the Microsoft and perhaps reminded the tech giant that Google's time has not come yet.
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