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How many Clark Griswolds at Google were counting on their Christmas bonus to pay for a new swimming pool only to discover they were enrolled in the Jelly-of-the-Month club? From Alley Insider:

Thanks probably to the economy, a tough quarter, and a new tight-fisted CFO, Google employees who usually get cash for holiday bonuses will instead get re-branded T-Mobile cell phones running Google’s mobile operating system, Android.

“This is a chance for us to once again dogfood a product and make it even better!” reads what Gawker editor Owen Thomas says is a memo from Google management to employees.

I’m willing to bet that more than a few employees had some choice words for Frank Shirley, er, Patrick “the Machete” Pichette:


Instead Of Cash, Googlers Get Android Phones For Christmas
Nicholas Carlson
December 23, 2008

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