Latest Updates On Google Inc (GOOG): Hugo Barra’s New Role, SINA Corp (SINA)’s Microblog & More

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin, 40, splits from wife and now rumored to be dating younger employee (Mail Online)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin has separated from his wife of six years, and now the 40-year-old Silicon Valley mogul is reportedly dating a younger employee. Brin and Anne Wojcicki, who married in 2007, have been living apart for several months, the couple’s spokesperson said last night. ‘They remain good friends and partners,’ the spokesperson added.

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Xiaomi Hires Google’s Barra to Boost Growth Beyond China (Bloomberg)
Xiaomi Corp., the smartphone maker that outsells Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in China, said it hired a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) vice president as part of a push to find growth opportunities outside its home market. Hugo Barra, who helped oversee Google’s Android product management, will join Xiaomi in October as head of international business development, Lei Jun, founder and chief executive officer of the Beijing-based company, said in a post on SINA Corp (NASDAQ:SINA)’s Weibo microblog today. His post was confirmed by Raine Zhang, a Xiaomi spokeswoman.

Google’s staff now too busy for 20% time off perk, claim former employees (Mail Online)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s much-admired policy of allowing staff one day a week to work on side projects is a thing of the past, former employees have claimed. The ’20 per cent time’ policy has reportedly been effectively abolished, because workers are simply too busy trying to complete their punishing day jobs, the website Quartz reports. The perk was introduced by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin who have said it is responsible for the company’s ‘most significant advances’.

Mercedes Benz, Google Glass to team up? (GMA Network)
From turn-to-turn to door-to-door navigation and back? This could be one of the scenarios of a possible collaboration between carmaker Mercedes Benz and Google Inc, where the car can communicate with a Google Glass device. A report on tech site Mashable said the system could use Google Maps to power the in-car navigation system, and Google Glass to give the wearer directions once he or she gets out of the vehicle.

Google acquisition of Waze traffic app sparks OFT inquiry (The Guardian)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s $1bn acquisition of the travel mapping service Waze is to be investigated by the Office of Fair Trading, on top of an inquiry already being conducted in the US by the Federal Trade Commission. Waze, based in Israel, provides satnav functions with real-time updates to smart phones, and claims to have more than 50 million direct users worldwide. It also supplies anonymous traffic data to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s maps service on the iPhone and iPad.

Meet the ‘Google’ of South Korea (CNBC)