Posted December 31, 2008 10:17 am by with 46 comments

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At this time of year big news stories are hard to come by, so we’ll just have to go with a pretty juicy rumor.

According to Valleywag, Google’s face of innovation, Marissa Mayer, could leave the company this year:

Top Googlers, overheard at a holiday party, chattered about Mayer’s departure as a matter of if, not when. And in some ways, it’s surprising she’s stayed as long as she has.

No real court would ever allow the above as evidence, but in the court of public opinion, a rumor like this may as well be a smoking gun!

Now, here’s a question for you–all in fun, with no claims on my part–who will leave Google first? Marissa Mayer or Matt Cutts?

Matt Cutts is another prime candidate for a Google exit. Also an early employee–which means he’s likely done well with his stock–Matt has been slowly cutting back his conference “face time” and is certainly smart enough and liked enough to do his own “thang.”

So, click the poll below and cast your vote: