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8.11. THE BATTLE FOR BRAINPOWER

Kai-Fu Lee, a Chinese-born computer scientist, got caught in Google/Microsoft crossfire as the two companies battled for his services. Lee was Microsoft's vice president of interactive services when, in 2005, he was lured away to establish Google China. Microsoft sued Google, saying that Lee was in violation of a one-year noncompete-clause agreement he had signed with Microsoft. The courts allowed Lee to go to work for Google but prevented him from participating in projects that overlapped with Microsoft's until the case was settled. Microsoft and Google settled out of court, and Lee stayed with Google in China.

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I am constantly and extensively reading Safari Books Online and practicing as much as possible of what I read with hopes of becoming the kind of brainpower that great high-technology companies battle to have working for them.