Google Down $2.32 Despite Poaching Apple Senior Director and 2 Secret Projects
Score a major point for Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). The company has succeeded in hiring Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) Senior Director of Product Integrity Simon Prakash to work on a classified project, according to a report by VentureBeat.
Not only is this the first time Google has ever snagged such a senior employee from Apple, but it’s also interesting because both Google and Apple are under investigation by the Department of Justice for forming an alleged “no poach” agreement, said VentureBeat.
The agreement allegedly entailed that the companies — along with Pixar (NYSE:DIS), Lucasfilm, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) — would hold worker compensation in check by not poaching each other’s employees.
Prakash worked at Apple for eight years. In his most recent position, he was in charge of quality for all products made by Apple, which has the leading reputation for product quality, VentureBeat said, citing consumer satisfaction surveys by J.D. Power.
When Prakash begins work with Google on Monday, it is likely — given that the nature of the project he was hired for is undisclosed — he will be working with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who leads a number of secret research and development projects at the company. With Google’s recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility, there are a variety of ongoing hardware projects that Prakash might be involved with, the report speculates.
Secret Home Entertainment Gadget
Speaking of secrets, Google has a big one and in the coming months a couple hundred of the company’s employees will have a chance to sneak a peek at it. According to Mashable, the search engine and Web technology giant has applied for a Federal Communications Commission experimental license to test 252 prototypes of an unnamed entertainment gadget in the homes of Google employees in Cambridge, Mass., New York, Los Angeles and Mountain View, Calif. Google requested to run the tests between Jan. 17 and July 17 of this year.
The application — submitted by Richard Witt, director and managing counsel for Telecom and Media at Google — says the item will use wireless Internet and Bluetooth to connect to home electronic devices, Mashable said. The paperwork states that the testing is mostly to confirm that the device operates as intended and to “reveal real world engineering issues and reliability of networks.”
The device is still in beginning stages of development, Google said, and its design will be adjusted after a review of the test results. from the 252 devices Google would like to place into employee homes in New York; Cambridge, Mass.; Los Angeles and Mountain View, Calif. Google asked to test the devices from Jan. 17 to July 17.
Google has not disclosed what the device is, but the report points out that tech bloggers and GigaOM are speculating that it could be similar to Google Goggles, an app which allows searches from images taken by an Android phone, or Google’s Android@Home technology, which controls lights and home appliances through an Android handset.