(I have no idea what that image is, but it was the first Google Image result for "hire drop")
Hire 1: Jeff Freeman, formerly of SOE, is now working at Spacetime Studios.
Hire 2: Craig Dalrymple, known to most as Grimwell, is now working at SOE as the EQII Community Manager. Hold onto your questions and nerf calls for a bit - there's a few expansions that need to be played through first.
Drop (of acid) 2: For today's obligatory Second Life commentary, Anshe Chung has filed a DMCA complaint against anyone taking screenshots of her whilst wearing her artwork, her textures, and/or her flying phalluses. Just wait until the guy whose penis that model was copied from hears about this.