So, here’s a type of tale you don’t often encounter in tech reporting.
Google’s Hugo Barra, vice president of product management for the company’s Android division and one of its most consistent public speakers at events like Google I/O, has left Google to join Xiaomi, a China-based handset maker. That in and of itself wouldn’t be all that remarkable, except for the fact that Barra was recently dating a Google employee who is now involved in a romantic relationship with the second-highest profile Googler: co-founder Sergey Brin.
That relationship has apparently caused Brin and his wife, Anne Wojcicki (who, just to make this more interesting, is the sister of longtime Google executive Susan Wojcicki, senior VP of product management and one-time owner of the garage in which Google got its start) to separate, according to AllThingsD. If they divorce, Brin will remain fully in control of Google alongside co-founder and CEO Larry Page thanks to a prescient prenuptial agreement.
And apparently none of these things are related, according to AllThingsD’s sources. Everybody got that?