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Fatherhood Equality: Yahoo Policy Raises Questions

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Following the backlash from its recent telecommuting ban, Yahoo has doubled its paid maternity leave for new mothers from eight to 16 weeks. But new fathers didn’t fare as well — they’ll continue to have only eight weeks’ leave under the new policy. Yahoo’s approach is just the latest example of fatherhood getting the short-shrift in family leave, which is echoed across a number of companies and industries. But in the technology industry, which is largely male, this discrepancy is… continue…

If Apple and Yahoo Got Together, What Would the Baby Look Like?

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A new report suggests the two tech companies are considering some sort of mobile alliance. continue…

Does Yahoo’s Summly Buy Signal a Tech Bubble?

A true tech bubble occurs when total irrationality takes over. continue…

Mayer’s Hiring Practices May Not Do Yahoo Any Favors

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Marissa Mayer’s ban of telecommuting at Yahoo and the hiring practices she’s said to have imposed on the struggling company smack of practices at her previous employer, Google. So how come everyone in Silicon Valley is crying foul? What’s good for Google can’t be good for anyone else? Resume Checkpoint Reportedly, Mayer now requires that she sign off on every new hire, though she denies favoring those with elite university credentials, according to Reuters. Though most people assume this is a… continue…

Does Yahoo’s Telecommuting Ban Signal a Trend?

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Why a tech executive such as Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer would all but eliminate the option of telecommuting has spawned any number of hypotheses about her motivations, from forcing employees to work more closely together to simply driving home the point that these are critical times for the once-dominant Internet brand. But here’s a question we haven’t seen many people ask: Is Mayer simply the first Silicon Valley CEO to begin down a path many others have wanted to follow for… continue…

Will Yahoo’s Telecommuting Ban Hurt Recruitment?

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Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer has put the kibosh on working from home, raising plenty of eyebrows as the rest of the tech world — and indeed the wider business world — continues to shift toward greater workplace flexibility. In a memo obtained by AllThingsDigital, the company’s HR chief, Jackie Reses, said that “to become the absolute best place to work … we need to be working side-by-side.” Reses continued: Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria… continue…

Where Are Search Engines Taking Us?

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To search is to Google, to Google is to search. It’s only taken 14 years for Google to become a verb as well as a brand. Today’s search engine market has two  players: Google, and all the rest. The giant’s market share exceeds 90 percent worldwide, according to StatCounter. That leaves competitors like Microsoft’s Bing, Yahoo!, Yandex, Baidu and others struggling for a slice of the remaining 10 percent. Meanwhile Google, unencumbered by the need for market share, Google focuses on… continue…

New York City’s 10 Coolest Startups

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Silicon Alley keeps expanding. New York City’s startup scene is flourishing as funding finds its way to the brightest ideas. Money is flowing not only from local heavyweights such as Union Square Ventures and AOL Ventures, but also from legions of angel investors and even Kickstarter. Many of today’s startup pioneers have been around the track once or twice before, and they seem to realize more than ever that every good idea needs to be accompanied not only by wishful thinking,… continue…

Yahoo’s Flickr Steps into Instagram, Twitter Photo Battle

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Yahoo upgraded its Flickr photo app, raising the stakes in the battle between image-sharing services. continue…

AOL’s Alto Is an Advanced Email Platform, But Can It Earn Buzz?

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AOL’s Alto aggregates users’ email accounts and layers it with some powerful features. But can it earn AOL buzz as a technology company? continue…