Liz Gannes

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Blabby Former Facebook Engineer Says He Joined Google Over Facebook iPad App Frustration

Swimming against the Silicon Valley current, Facebook engineer Jeff Verkoeyen wrote today that he has taken a job on Google’s mobile team out of frustration over Facebook’s failure to release its iPad app — for which he led development. In a passage since removed from his personal blog (but still available in its feed, and reprinted elsewhere), Verkoeyen wrote that the app (which Facebook has never official acknowledged) has been complete “feature-complete” for five months. Verkoeyen — who interestingly appears to have been based in Toronto while working at Facebook until he left in August — said he would continue his personal work on open source iOS projects.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work