5 Companies That Had A Rough Week


Google Loses Exec; Brin Splits With Wife As Rumors Fly

A Chinese smartphone company called Xiaomi announced this week that it had hired Hugo Barra, who served as vice president for Google's Android mobile operating system. Barra is among one of the highest-profile Westerners to join a tech company in China.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin (pictured) also made headlines for the wrong reasons this week. According to a report from AllThingsD, after six years of marriage, Brin has split with his wife Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe. This alone isn't worthy of a rough week. However, according to AllThingsD, Brin has become "romantically involved with a Google employee." That tidbit was picked up around the world by publications ranging from The Telegraph to Vanity Fair.

To tie everything together, The Los Angeles Times reported that the employee Brin is rumored to be romantically involved with was previously involved with Barra.



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