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Facebook Lures Away Google Chrome OS Leader

The man behind the development of Google's Chrome OS has left the company to join social networking giant Facebook.

Matthew Papakipos, who joined the company in 2007, has previously worked with graphics giant Nvidia and parallel processing technology company PeakStream.

He announced his surprise change of job on micro-blogging platform Twitter, posting: "Now that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it's time for something new. I'm going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!"

According to his online resumé, Papakipos has filed over 70 patent applications with the US patent authority and has degrees from Brown and Stanford Universities.

Papakipos has expertise in creating hardware and software products and high performance applications and systems.

It has not yet been announced what Papakipos's job title will be at Facebook, which has also hired former VMware vice president Jocelyn Goldfein to work with its development team.