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From the Seattle Times:

“Facebook, the hugely popular social-media service, is planning to open an engineering office here. Announcement of the Palo Alto, Calif., company’s intentions came Wednesday out of Mayor Mike McGinn’s office …

“‘We are aggressively trying to get the best of the best technical talent around the world,’ said Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Facebook.

“In looking for places to find that talent, Schroepfer said, ‘Seattle popped to the top of the list.’  Along with quality-of-life issues, he pointed to Microsoft,, Boeing and other ‘magnets of talent.’ He also noted that the University of Washington ‘in particular is a well-regarded computer-science university.'”

Read the full article here.  See the Facebook Seattle office announcement here.