Facebook grabs Chrome OS engineering director, VMWare VP

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Facebook continues to be a Hoover for talent. The social network hired Matt Papakipos, a Google engineering director who oversaw development of Chrome OS, and Jocelyn Goldfein, a seven-year VMWare veteran and vice president, it said today.

“We’ve landed two accomplished, senior people to join the Facebook engineering team — Matthew Papakipos and Jocelyn Goldfein,” the company said. “Both are about as accomplished as they come and we can’t wait for them to hit the ground running as key players on the team.”

Facebook has been luring talent away left and right from Google. It most recently hired away Erick Tseng, the senior product manager who oversaw Google’s Nexus One phone and ran Android’s day-to-day operations.

Papakipos’ departure comes at a critical time for Google’s forthcoming open-source operating system targeted at netbooks, Chrome OS, which is slated to launch later this fall.

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