Hapless Googler fired over leaked memo

Posted by STARR KESHET

A hapless Googler is looking for a new job after leaking an internal memo about a company-wide, 10% pay raise.

Unsurprisingly, the Great Eye of Mountain View has thus far refused to comment on the abrupt and unceremonious termination, telling CNN:

"While we don't typically comment on internal matters, we do believe that competitive compensation plans are important to the future of the company."

Hapless Googler fired over leaked memoMeanwhile, Peter Kafka of AllThingsD speculates that Google "freaked out" over the leak, believing it could potentially cause problems on Wall Street or with the SEC.    

“But again, if that’s the case, that makes no sense - you can’t hand out big fat checks to 23,300 people and keep it quiet indefinitely," wrote Kafka.

“And since the point of the raises is to keep Googlers happy in a hot job market - and presumably, to help recruit new Googlers - you’d think Google would want the ‘confidential’ memo distributed. Right?"