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Digital Musical Chairs: Google Exec to Scribd, Apple Exec to AOL, Yahoo Exec to Google!

Oh, the game of musical chairs in the digital sector never seems to stop.

Here’s today’s Silicon Valley roundelay:

Rob Macdonald (pictured here), head of traditional media and publisher partnerships at Google (GOOG), just joined online publishing and document-sharing start-up Scribd as SVP of business development.

He will be based in New York, where Scribd is opening an office too.

Over at AOL (AOL), former Yahoo (YHOO) exec Brad Garlinghouse has snagged longtime Apple veteran Alan Eyzaguirre (pictured here) as the new VP of AOL Mail.

Eyzaguirre, who was most recently director of software product marketing in Europe at Apple, will be based in Mountain View, Calif.

Venkat Panchapakesan

But Google is not without seat at this job switcheroo–it has hired Venkat Panchapakesan (pictured here), a high-ranking former Yahoo tech exec and a longtime company veteran who left the Internet giant last year to be an entrepreneur-in-residence at Greylock Partners.

At Yahoo, Panchapakesan was last EVP of the Audience Technology Group and at Google will be VP of Enterprise Engineering, according to his new LinkedIn status.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik