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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?

Posted In Living in Tech
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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…

Mayer Poaches Google’s de Castro for COO Slot

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Henrique de Castro, head of Google’s global Partner Business Solutions Group, will join Yahoo at chief operating officer in January. It appears that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is indeed using her former employer as a recruiting ground, as many had expected. De Castro’s loss is a blow for Google but a notable win for Yahoo, and he didn’t come cheap. Mayer offered him a $56 million pay package, according to All Things Digital. He’ll be worth it if his experience… continue…

Why Hadoop’s Standing Might Not Last Forever

Hadoop is certainly not invincible: certain factors could knock it from its market-leader position. continue…

Yahoo Excludes BlackBerry from Employee Smartphone List

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Yahoo decided to exclude BlackBerry from the list of potential employee smartphones. That illustrates Research In Motion’s current troubles. continue…

Microsoft’s Outlook.com is a Huge Improvement Over Hotmail

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Microsoft has relaunched its Hotmail with a new Metro interface and a new brand — Outlook. The interface is Redmond’s best attempt yet to provide a clean and uncluttered webmail service, one that’s worth checking out even if you haven’t liked Hotmail in the past. Microsoft’s moving in the right direction with both the new interface and brand name here. While Hotmail was loved by many in its heyday, over the years it became an object of ridicule, regarded as… continue…