In an urge to hire the best talent from everywhere, Google has hired the Digg founder Kevin Rose, according to AllThingsD. Rose founded and launched Digg in December 2004; the site was rumored to have almost sold to Google in 2008 for $200 million.
Furthermore, Rose’s mobile app incubator Milk yesterday announced it was shutting down its only product, Oink. Google is not outright buying or “acquiring” Milk, the sources explicitly said, but Rose and some others from the company have been hired, with employees netting $1 million to $2 million each.
Milk had raised funding from a huge group of angel investors as well as Google Ventures. The total raised was $1.7 million. Rose’s first day at Google is to be on this Monday. Google declined to comment, and Rose did not reply to multiple requests.