Google is counting on another high-profile Internet entrepreneur to boost its social networking aspirations: The Internet search giant is hiring Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg, according to technology blog All Things D.
Rose announced yesterday that his company Milk would shut down its only product, Oink, less than six months after it launched.
Rose did not respond to a request for comment. Google Ventures was an investor in Milk, which had raised $1.7 million in funding. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.
Technology blog TechCrunch reported that Google outbid Facebook for Rose and his team members from Milk. Google is locked in a fierce battle with Facebook for eyeballs and advertising dollars. Last year Google unveiled its Google+ social network.