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Facebook hires new director of product from Google

Tom Stocky, who helped start Google's developer products team, begins his new job at the social network today as one of its directors of product.

Longtime Googler Tom Stocky is Facebook's newest director of product, AllThingsD has learned.

Stocky posted about the move on his online profiles and Facebook confirmed he'd been hired.

Facebook and Google's hiring wars are vicious, but seem to always end well for the employees in question, with considerable signing or retention agreements.

Stocky, who has multiple degrees from MIT, had helped start Google's developer products team and had recently been Google director of product management for search, client, and infrastructure products based in Zurich. He joined Google in January 2005, according to his LinkedIn profile, and starts today at Facebook.

Facebook has multiple directors of product, including Peter Deng, who introduced Facebook's new chat features at a launch event last week. We don't know what Stocky will focus on, though we've heard that Facebook is putting renewed focus into developer relations--as is Twitter, which said today it had 1 million registered apps.

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