Remember Joe Marini? He’s the Microsoft worker who left his job back in September after tweeting about what was then an unreleased Windows Phone from Nokia. As we reported at the time, Marini stepped down after being told he would be dismissed for improper use of social media and disclosure of confidential information.

Well, as it turns out, Marini has found a new gig … at Google.

Appropriately enough, he announced the new position in a tweet. He wrote: “I’m excited to be starting my new role at Google, driving the Web forward, and to continuing to work with the amazing people I’ve met!”

Marini — who spent eight years at Microsoft — plans to split time between San Francisco and Seattle. His LinkedIn profile lists his new position at Google as staff developer advocate.

Google appears to have a high tolerance for criticism and public scrutiny, so Marini should fit right in. After all, Google engineer Steve Yegge famously rattled off this 4,771-word rant a few weeks ago, and last we heard he’s still holding down a job at Google Kirkland.

The company also has shown a tendency of picking up high-profile workers who’ve left Microsoft, including Don Dodge, who was laid off in 2009 from Microsoft and landed a few days later at Google.

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  • Guest

    Congratulations to Google for respecting and honoring passionate men who aren’t afraid to speak their mind!

    • Anonymous

      Disclosing unreleased product information is not “speaking your mind” but “shooting yourself in the foot”….

      • Guest

        As it turns out, apparently he was mostly right.  A meh phone, that appears to not be moving units: 

        Wouldn’t be the first time people have killed the messenger.

        • Anonymous

          The article you quoted says that Nokia will be unable to *ship* more than half a million units. Not that the demand is low…

          The messenger was killed (=fired) because he was a moron… Plain and simple….

          The phone is out for barely a WEEK and in only 6 European countries so don’t get so excited just yet. Your favorite platform is not in danger (yet).

          • Guest

            Pretty telling that Nokia did a big “No Comment” even after their stock took a 6% hit.  If it was rocking it, they’d be saying so privately via leaks, if not publicly.

        • Guest

          Right about what? It being a slick camera and rating it an 8 out of 10? What’s “meh” about that? He wasn’t shown the door for being critical, he was shown the door for “talking” publically about something that he shouldn’t have.

          • Guest

            that should say “slick phone”

          • Guest

            Ha!  On the outside…

          • Guest

            He called it a “slick phone” in his tweet and didn’t differentiate. Grow up.

          • Guest

            Perhaps you should “grow up” – Slick on the outside, MIcrosoft inside –

            Know your memes before you blather.

        • Guest

          He was let go before the phone was released, troll.

      • CJ

        Except that he didn’t release any confidential information, as anyone who spent 10 minutes doing a Web search would have found out. There’s a video of Steven Elop himself on Youtube showing the phone off, and it’s been there since June. If Nokia didn’t care enough to have it taken down, then what was the problem???

        • Guest

          A Microsoft employee talked about another company’s pre-release hardware no doubt violating whatever agreement they may have had. It had to be dealt with otherwise you are validating that activity. It’s Nokia’s hardware, they can message it however they want. Get it now?

        • Anonymous

          The problem is that having a carefully controlled “leak” (like the video you mentioned) is completely different to an idiot running his mouth and providing “opinion” about a product that is not out yet.

          Especially since the phone turned out to be awesome.

          He got what he deserved… his walking papers….

          • Xxj

            Oh yeah. Real awesome phone. No front-facing camera, no gyroscope, single core, no integration with core Nokia technologies.

        • Guest

          Anyone who spent 10 minutes doing a search would learn that he commented publicly, as a MS employee, about a strategic partner’s then unreleased product. He even went on to rate it 8/10 and critique its shortcomings while overall praising the device. This wasn’t a corner case. It’s a  CLEAR confidentiality violation and showed extremely poor judgment. And, according to at least one other published report, this was not the first time he’d been too free with confidential information.

          • Guest

            There was nothing “confidential” about it, dumbass. Nokia themselves were showing the device around and even “leaked” a video online to try to generate some buzz.

  • Guest

    I suspect that half the reason Google hired him is for the press benefit which you have now graciously provided.

    It was an unfortunate situation, but MS had little choice after what he did. You don’t about about a partner’s pre-released phone and go on to rate it 8/10. If he didn’t grok that, then it makes me wonder about his judgment generally.

  • Thomas R.

    I called it when he was fired lol…

  • Hecticbliss

    An idiot? Yikes, the guy made a misstep CLEARLY, but I understand many in the industry say he does brilliant work and he was highly sought after both before and after this happened. Just another “teachable moment kids”

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