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Tim Bray Accepts Job at Google

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Tim Bray has announced that he has left Sun/Oracle and has taken up a position at Google.

He claims that Oracle offered him a job, which he declined. Although he fails to elaborate on the position offered to him, he does hint that it wasn’t to his liking: “I’ll maybe tell the story when I can think about it without getting that weird spiking-blood-pressure sensation in my eyeballs.”

Bray says that the main factor that drew him to Google, was Android. In his opinion, Android is a positive move for Google as it is so developer-friendly: the barrier for entry is low; no approval is required to develop Android hardware or sell Android apps; it is open source, and the APIs seem complete and transparent: “there’s nothing interesting the phones can do that’s not exposed through some API or other.”

He also admits “I’ll enjoy competing with Apple” before calling the iPhone “a sterile Disney-fied walled garden surrounded by sharp-toothed lawyers.” To him, the great thing about the internet is that it’s a platform without a vendor – the problem is that Apple are increasingly trying to be that vendor. “I think they’re wrong and see this job as a chance to help prove it,” he says.

Bray promises that his blog won’t be affected by his new position: “Don’t count on Google or anyone else agreeing with it or even having seen it before I publish it.”

Read the full posting at Tim Bray’s blog.

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