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The Onion, Seriously

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And you thought you could get away by not taking The Onion seriously.

Iran's News Agency Reruns The Onion as Real News


Eric Schmidt: Gangnam Style

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Source: TechCrunch








Marissa Mayer's Gameplan

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Marissa Mayer is not Steve Jobs, but I think she is very promising.

The words mobile and personalization capture it for me. Mobile is obvious. Personalization means Big Data.

Vague is good at this point. Gives her more wiggle room.

Executive Change at Yahoo Suggests Thirst for Acquisitions
With 700 million users each month, Yahoo remains one of the most visited sites on the Web, but it has been ceding its share of the online display ad market to rivals like Facebook and Google. ..... Yahoo made its name in search but lost that market to Google and then proceeded to miss the boat on every big Internet trend since. It was too focused on reinventing itself as a multimedia company to notice people were migrating to social networks and mobile devices as gateways for information and entertainment. Yahoo’s home page remains cluttered and sorely lacking a brand of its own.Mayer to Yahoos at Not-So-Radical Confab: Personalization, Mobile, Rule of 100 Million and — Most of All — the Four C’s!
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Engineering, Sales: Equally Important

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Marissa Mayer's Blind Spot

Call it high tech and high touch. Engineering and sales are both equally important. And as CEO, even if you have primarily an engineering background, you can not ignore sales. Sales is what is making LinkedIn do well on Wall Street while Facebook is licking it.

Sales does seem to be Mayer's blind spot. Although she has had a great stage appearance since when she was at Google. That is sales.

But product is what has been Yahoo's weakness. And Mayer's focused on product. She will come around to it, I am sure.
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Mayer Should Give Search To Google, If Possible

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Mayer Should Look Beyond Search

I am not privy to the contractual details between Microsoft and Yahoo, but I am sure there is wiggle room. And Mayer should exploit that and give Yahoo's search to Google. If my search experience is going to be as great at Yahoo.com as at Google.com, I am going to be more likely to end up at Yahoo.com. I mean, Google.com has nothing else going on, the Yahoo homepage is melodrama.

Google would love to bounce Bing from Yahoo
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Mayer Should Look Beyond Search

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Steve Jobs, in his second coming, did not try to win the PC wars. Instead he declared the PC wars are over, and Microsoft won. Google won the search war, it's pretty much over.

Mayer should look beyond. The local and mobile wars are not over. The social war is also not fully over.

Search can not be shut down, that's there. It is a key web function. But it would be a major resource swamp to try to take the lead there. It's just not possible, and Mayer would know.

Unless there is a way to fundamentally reinvent search. I don't think Mayer would be that inventor, and the best engineers in search are already with Google.

Never say never, but I hope Mayer is not having major thoughts on search.

What Will Marissa Do: Yahoo CEO Zeroes in on Search, While Her Ad Team Eyes Tech Upgrade Options
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