Put this one in the category – breaking but unconfirmed news. A tipster says that the seven-person Google Talk aka GTalk team has won Google’s Founder Award, which means not only recognition within the company, but also some serious GMoney. Google spokesperson declined to comment and in an email pointed out that the company did not “publicize the names or projects that have been given Founder’s Awards.”
I don’t know who exactly is on the Gtalk team but from the Google Talk blog, once could point to Mary Himinkool (new business development), and a bunch of software engineers including Jon Perlow, Joe Beda, Gayle Laakmann and Brian McBarron.Gtalk team has been working furiously to make the Gtalk client more useful. Like releasing a version of the client for Nokia’s 770 Internet Tablet device in addition to a special version for Blackberry. My wishlist – a GTalk client for Symbian.