Serious accusations have been launched a few days ago saying that Google had a contact placed inside Twitter and slipping information necessary to escape the poaching of important employees such as Sundar Pichai, the Chrome lead. The contact is said to have access to data related to the recruiting process and informed Google early. According to TechCrunch, the search giant has spent about $150 million on time-delayed stock bonuses, of which $50 million were for Pichai and another $100 million for Neal Mohan, product executive.
The insider has sometimes been anticipating things, as countering offers have been made even before Twitter formally committed to any deal. Twitter has not yet identified the spy but is very much affected by having lost chances at key deals. Co-founder Jack Dorsey finally took the spot that Pichai and Mohan were supposed to take.
Google has become more and more worried about losing peak talents to third parties in the San Francisco Bay Area, which included Facebook. Therefore it has spent millions of dollars to keep its staff. For example, one engineer has been paid $3.5 million in stock to continue to work for the company. High payouts, especially those for Pichai and Mohan, are unusual even for executives and hint at the company to be seriously worried about the possibility of losing its core structure that resulted in its search business, Chrome and Android. None of the companies involved were willing to make any comment related to this topic.