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Associated Press Modified: January 27, 2011 at 9:13 pm •  Published: January 27, 2011

The Cambridge office of search engine giant Google Inc. has grown to employ more than 300 people, and now it's making room for more. The company is recruiting local engineers, advertising managers, and administrative staff - all part of a global hiring spree, the biggest in Google's history, with plans to hire more than 6,000 workers worldwide this year.

''The Boston area is home to a wealth of talent and we're excited to continue to grow our presence in the region," said Brian Schmidt, director of online sales at Google Cambridge.

Already, Google's employment website lists a host of openings in Cambridge, including software engineers, product managers, advertising account executives, technical support engineers, and even a specialist in hiring new workers.

The office in Cambridge employs sales personnel for the company's vast online advertising business. Also on board are engineers who work on Google's flagship Internet search service, the Android operating system for cellphones and tablet computers, and Google's network of high-powered computer centers scattered across the globe.

At the end of 2010, Google employed 24,400 people around the world, so the planned new hires would amount to a 25 percent increase in personnel in a single year.

According to the company's corporate blog, Google plans to recruit workers "across the board." That covers a lot of territory; apart from the company's dominant position in online search, Google is involved in a vast array of other businesses.

It owns the popular YouTube video site; develops the Android operating system; has launched the Google TV project to combine Internet and television viewing; is building Chrome OS, a new computer operating system to rival Microsoft Corp.'s Windows; and is developing new social networking products to compete with market leader Facebook. And underneath it all, Google must manage and expand the online advertising business that generated the bulk of its 2010 revenue of $29.3 billion.

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