Google is known to hire the best and the brightest Silicon Valley has to offer, but hanging onto that talent can be a struggle. Google's bold move to boost morale -- a 10% across-the-board pay raise -- has already cost it one worker: The employee who leaked the news.
One year ago on May 28, Google launched its Wave collaboration tool to much fanfare. Initially open to just a handful of developers, Google eventually opened the service to a larger beta pool last fall. At that time, nearly everyone involved in tech was requesting or giving away Wave invites -- everybody wanted to try it. The limited availability of invites fueled a lot of hype, most of which seemed to fizzle after everyone who wanted an invite got one and many users wondered, "What's it for?"