Kevin Rose, the founder of news-aggregation service Digg Inc and his team have joined Google today. Ross made the announcement on his social networking accounts which confirmed that Daniel Burka, Chris Hutchins and Joshua Lane have also joined him.
The news follows Rose’s announcement that he was shutting down Oink, a service running on iOS made by Milk, his mobile app company. Oink, a food and drink app for the iOS which reached more than 100,000 downloads within three weeks of launch last year has been the one to suffer from the announcement as the app was shutdown on Wednesday. There was an announcement on the Oink website which stated that users would be able to recover their data before the service completely shuts down on 31st March.
Google has been on a hiring and buying spree to compete with Facebook and Apple since some time now and this latest move could be seen as a way for the Tech Giant to get more competitive with Google+ and also the Android platform. Google could certainly use Kevin’s experience in mobile and web services given the success he had with social networking and web companies.
After the announcement broke out, Google’s shares rose by less than 1% to reach $621.13 in the New York Exchange.