Products or People?

This is a little off-topic for this blog, but since we’ve been covering the Microsoft-Yahoo! deal in the podcast, I thought it might be relevant to note that Microsoft is buying Danger, Inc., the company that makes mobile phones including the popular “Sidekick.”

What I find interesting is that Google had already hired away one of the founders of Danger, Andy Rubin, who’s now working on Google’s mobile phone platform, Android.

I don’t know if one can read too much into this, but it certainly seems emblematic of something: Microsoft seems to be buying the body after Google’s already scooped out the brains.