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Mark Jen, the Google blogger who was just fired for blogging about his job, is a buddy of mine from high school and college:

Mark Jen, a blogger whose candid comments about life on the job at Google sparked controversy last month, has left the company. "Mark is no longer an employee at Google," a Google representative said in response to an inquiry Tuesday. Efforts to reach Jen for comment were not immediately successful. Jen's departure comes less than a month after he joined Google as part of a wave of new hires and began recording his impressions of his new employer, including criticisms, in his blog.

I’m talking to him about it now. Maybe I can help shed some light on the whole situation.

Update: Mark’s posted the whole story in an entry on his blog.