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Bret Taylor to step down as Facebook CTO

Facebook's chief technology officer will unfriend Facebook this summer.

Bret Taylor has announced that he is planning to leave the company in July to begin a new endeavor with friend Kevin Gibbs.

Taylor announced his departure via a Facebook wall post, saying that while the transition will be difficult, he is "extremely confident" in the company he is leaving behind.

After joining Facebook via the 2009 acquisition of social startup FriendFeed, Taylor is walking away from Facebook in the midst of numerous announcements, including the company's new app center and Facebook Camera app, as well as its upcoming iOS integration.

"I'm even more excited for the world to see all the amazing things these teams have coming," he said.

In a "special thanks" to Facebook creator and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Taylor called him "my boss for the past three years, but (also) my mentor and one of my closest friends."

In a statement released by Facebook, Zuckerberg mirrored Taylor's sentiments, saying that he has enjoyed working with Taylor, getting to know him as a friend and a teammate.

"I'm grateful for all he has done for Facebook and I'm proud of what he and his teams have built," Zuckerberg said. He also credited the culture of his company, "where great entrepreneurs like Bret joins us and have such a big impact."

More than 800 people "liked" Taylor's post, though it is unclear whether they are in favour of his parting, or just giving him a virtual high-five.

The Stanford-educated Taylor previously worked as CEO of FriendFeed. He also served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Benchmark Capital, and as a group product manager with Google, according to his LinkedIn profile.

During his tenure at Facebook, Taylor also worked on projects like the W3C Mobile Web Platform Core Community Group, which joined Facebook with more than 30 handset makers, carriers, and developers to build a standard for mobile Web and mobile payments.