Google hired Digg, Inc. founder Kevin Rose and a number of his employees at Milk, Inc., the venture Rose created last year as a lab for experimenting with mobile app ideas. Google paid as much as $15 million for the acquisition, according to AOL's TechCrunch, but Google did not disclose the purchase price. Milk has since shut down, and those not hired by Google were reportedly laid off, which includes engineers. Those going to Google will work on Google's social projects, especially Google+.
Synacor, Inc. hired Michael Bishara as its vice president and general manager of TV Everywhere platform. Prior to his current position with Synacor, Bishara was senior vice president of HBO Broadband/Digital Group. There, he was responsible for the overall strategy, development, and rollout of broadband products, including HBO GO. Prior to HBO, Bishara worked at Time, Inc. and AT&T in marketing and product leadership roles.