Digg founder Kevin Rose hired by Google: report

Summary:Digg founder and startup entrepreneur Kevin Rose is said to have been hired by Google.

Update: see below.

Kevin Rose, founder of social-sharing site Digg, who left the company and went on to found a mobile applications startup Milk, has been reportedly hired by Google.

It is thought he will begin at the search turned mobile giant on Monday, say sources speaking to AllThingsD.

Milk announced yesterday it was to shut down its only product, Oink. The web application allowed users to "rate everything", from "pizzas, pastas, coffees, teas, and roller coasters, zoo exhibits, paintings, sculptures, vistas... and sodas, salads, sliders, soups" and more. Launched in October, it lasted less than six months.

While Google is not outright buying the company, it has made several hirings from the startup, including Rose himself, the sources said.

The search giant at one point made a pass at Digg, eyeing it up for purchase. But the negotiations broke down in July 2008. Digg was said to have been up for $200 million.

Since Rose's departure, Digg stumbled behind news-sharing site Reddit, and has vastly been relegated over as the top spot in social sharing, outside of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

What could Rose be heading to Google for? We won't know until he or the company speaks out, as Google did not respond for comment at the time of publication.

$20 on something to do with Google+ though. It needs all the help it can get if it's going to take on the social behemoth of Facebook.

Update: AllThingsD has more. It's looking like Milk's employees will be absorbed by the company in deals that could make the team rather rich; though not by Silicon Valley standards, netting $1--2 million each.

Image source: James Martin/CNET.

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Topics: Social Enterprise, Google

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