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Former Yahoo Tech Star Eric Boyd to Microsoft (via Mochi Media)

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Eric Boyd (pictured here), a high-profile techie from Yahoo who left the company for a start-up last year, is now headed to Microsoft to work for its digital group, now run by another ex-Yahoo, Qi Lu.

UPDATE: Microsoft confirmed the hiring, although declined to provide further details.

Boyd, who is well-known for his card-counting team exploits while at MIT (which were later made into the movie, “21”) had been VP of platform engineering at Yahoo (YHOO) and worked on a variety of projects there.

With the addition of Boyd, sources said, Microsoft has acquired a huge swath of the top tech talent of Yahoo, many of whom came to the software giant because of Lu and to escape the turmoil at Yahoo.

At a recent tech offsite at Microsoft held by Satya Nadella, SVP of Research and Development at its Online Services division, in fact, one person remarked that a full 10 percent of the techies were former Yahoo execs.

There will be more to come, up to 400 or more, if the search partnership the pair recently struck passes regulatory muster, although Boyd is not part of that deal.

He had worked at Yahoo for a decade, but left last spring to take over as VP of engineering at Mochi Media, a San Francisco-based gaming-related start-up backed $14 million in funding by Shasta Ventures and Accel Partners.

He will be working for Microsoft (MSFT) in Silicon Valley, in its group related to search and advertising, sources said.


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