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Co-founder of Google's Blogger leaving company

Web search leader Google Inc. Thursday said the head of its Web log service, Blogger, will leave at the end of the week to pursue other interests.
/ Source: Reuters

Web search leader Google Inc. Thursday said the head of its Web log service, Blogger, will leave at the end of the week to pursue other interests.

Evan Williams -- the co-founder and chief executive of Pyra Labs, which created the Web self-publishing tool Blogger and was acquired by Google early last year -- on Monday announced his departure on his own blog, http://www.evhead.com/.

"As of this Friday, I will no longer be employed by Google," he wrote.

"A few months ago, I started getting the itch to start another company," said Williams, who did not elaborate on his plans. "I might pay attention to other parts of life for a while first."

Williams said he he was parting on good terms.

"Leaving was entirely my decision. They even offered that I could start something else within the company, if I wanted," he said.

Industry watchers expect that scores of Google employees, soon to be enriched by the company's recent $1.67 billion initial public offering, would contemplate other options, following .the lead of workers at other Silicon Valley companies that had successful IPOs.