Android creator Andy Rubin is leaving Google!

In a statement, Google’s CEO Larry Page thanked Rubin for his work. “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” Page said. “With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you.”



Rubin originally joined Google as part of the company’s highly secretive acquisition of Android in 2005. In the years that followed, he helped turn it from a startup project into what’s now a cornerstone of Google’s business, and the most dominant mobile operating system in the world. Prior to Android, Rubin was working at Danger, the company that created the Sidekick mobile phone. He also had stints at Apple, General Magic, and working on the WebTV project (which sold to Microsoft).

The move is, perhaps, not a total surprise. Last March, Rubin left the Android group and was replaced by Sundar Pichai. His latest project, as detailed in a lengthy New York Times report in December, was creating robots for a project outside of the company’s Google X lab, something that dovetailed with Google’s shopping spree of robotics companies. In 2012, there were also rumors abound that Rubin planned to leave for a stealth-mode startup called CloudCar, though they were vehemently denied.


Apple CEO Tim Cook: “I am proud to be gay…”

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Thursday made a surprising announcement in an opinion piece on Bloomberg Businessweek, which is very much in line with his many public notes in the recent past about diversity at the workplace. “While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me,” Cook said  in the essay.

The executive admitted that he never hid his sexual orientation while working at Apple, even though he had not publicly declared it until now.

“For years, I’ve been open with many people about my sexual orientation. Plenty of colleagues at Apple know I’m gay, and it doesn’t seem to make a difference in the way they treat me. Of course, I’ve had the good fortune to work at a company that loves creativity and innovation and knows it can only flourish when you embrace people’s differences. Not everyone is so lucky,” Cook said.

At the same time, the CEO of one of the most valuable companies in the world says that being gay was “tough and uncomfortable at times,” but it helped him understand “what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day.”

“It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple,” Cook said.

“I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others,” Cook wrote in the essay. “So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.”


Social Networks CEOs Homes

Facebook,Zynga,Twitter,Spotify & Google CEOs Homes :

The new tech titans are building the tools that influence our daily lives, giving us games like Words With Friends, and the ability to stream our favorite TV shows wherever we are, on whatever gadgets we choose.

But where do they rest their bleary eyes after their late-night hackathons? Some prefer a modest place to call home, belying their rock-star-nerd status. But others have splurged, showing it really pays to be a geek after all.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
Cost: $7 million

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5 full, 2 half
Square footage: 5,617

The billionaire’s $7 million home is deemed modest by some Silicon Valley observers.

Mark Zuckerberg’s new digs are a long way from the Harvard dorm where he and his classmates founded the popular social networking site Facebook.

The baby-faced CEO plunked down a cool $7 million for the Palo Alto pad last year, which includes a salt water pool and spa. Still, to some, it’s considered modest, given that Facebook may be going public this year in what some say could make the social networking website worth more than $100 billion.

The best part for the well-known workaholic? It’s just a stone’s throw away from Facebook’s newMenlo Park headquarters.

Mark Pincus, Zynga
Location: San Francisco
Cost: $8.9 million

Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 7

Zynga’s leader is very active in San Francisco bay area real estate.

You may build your fantasy real estate empire in CityVille, the popular Facebook game, but Mark Pincus has one in real life.

Pincus, founder and CEO of Zynga, maker of CityVille, FarmVille, Words With Friends and other popular online games, is selling not one, but two San Francisco mansions.

He and wife Alison Pincus, co-founder of One Kings Lane, a flash sales site for luxury home goods, have put their Presidio Heights home on the market for $8.9 million and a Cole Valley property for $1.97 million. Both are meticulously decorated.

The stately $8.9 million Presidio Heights mansion includes a penthouse level with a terrace, office and master bedroom and bathroom, as well as a media room and an au pair unit. The Cole Valley home boasts panoramic views of the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sean Parker, Spotify and Founder’s Fund
Location: New York
Cost: $20 million

Bedrooms: 6
Bathrooms: 7 full, 1 half
Square footage: 7,500

Spotify’s Parker shuttles between the coasts and now calls NYC home.

Sean Parker disputes his bad boy portrayal by Justin Timberlake in the 2010 film “The Social Network.” But the former Facebook president and Napster co-founder is certainly living it up in his new home, a $20 million West Village townhouse known as the Bacchus House.

Formerly owned by Italian liquor heir Enrico Cinzano, it includes an indoor pool and gym, garage, theater, a chef’s kitchen and an elevator.

Parker, now a managing director at the Founders Fund, a San Francisco venture capital firm, and a director of Spotify, an online music service, purchased it last year, after renting it for some time and throwing his share of over-the-top parties.

Marissa Mayer, Google
Location: Palo Alto
Cost: $5 million
 (assessed value; it appears she purchased it for $1.8 million)

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 6.5
Square footage: 5,200

Google’s Mayer proudly hosted an Obama campaign fundraiser in her Palo Alto home.

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg isn’t the only one who has hosted the president in her Silicon Valley home. In late 2010, Marissa Mayer, vice president at Google, and husband Zachary Bogue, co-founder of Founders Den, a shared office space and private club for tech entrepreneurs in San Francisco, also threw a $30,000-per-plate fundraiser for President Obama in their Palo Alto home.

That night, Mayer even tweeted about the event: “The President came to our house for dinner tonight. It was absolutely surreal!”

Mayer’s home is just a few blocks from the garage where Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard founded HP, as Mayer pointed out during the fundraiser.

Dick Costolo, Twitter
Location: Corte Madera, Calif.
Cost: $3.2 million
 (sale price, 2009)

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5.5
Square footage: 5,066

Twitter’s Costolo lives in a roomy home in a San Francisco suburb.

Dick Costolo took over as CEO of Twitter last year, about a year after moving to the San Francisco Bay Area from Chicago. He said the weather factored into his decision to uproot from Chicago.

Costolo lives with his family in a roomy five bedroom, 5.5-bath house in Corte Madera, just across the bay from Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. Built in 1908, the house wraps around a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace.