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Google Maps Co-founder Quits To Join Facebook

Google Maps co-founder Lars Rasmussen has left the search giant to join Facebook.

Sydney-based Rasmussen also helped in the development of Google Wave, which was later shut down after it failed to take-off.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Rasmussen, who has quit Google after six years of working for them, left after receiving a "compelling personal pitch" made by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

"It feels to me that Facebook may be a sort of once-in-a-decade type of company," Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen, who resigned from Google on Friday, will move to San Francisco where he has been invited by the company to "come hang out with us for a while and we'll see what happens".

“Lars made great contributions to Google in innovative products like Google Maps and Google Wave. He was also instrumental in starting engineering in the Google Sydney office. We wish him all the best,” Google Australia's engineering director Alan Noble said.