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  • Sep. 18, 2012, 4:59 PM
    Why did Yahoo (YHOO) decide to return most of the cash from its Alibaba sale to shareholders? One explanation, Owen Thomas notes, is that Marissa Mayer & co. may have decided potential acquisitions such as Foursquare and Yelp (YELP) "were still too expensive and wouldn't move the needle on Yahoo's core business." He adds a source indicates negotiations for the sale of the company's Yahoo Japan stake, another potential source of funds, haven't gone anywhere. Yahoo should have over $3B in the bank post-Alibaba.
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  • Sep. 18, 2012, 2:43 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO +1.9%) spikes higher after announcing it will return 85% of the cash ($3.65B) obtained from the partial sale of its Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) stake to shareholders. Yahoo, which adds it still owns 23% of Alibaba, had fallen on worries Marissa Mayer would opt to hold onto most or all of the cash for the sake of pursuing acquisitions. "Marissa got over-lawyered into that 8-K," Eric Jackson opines. (PR)
  • Sep. 18, 2012, 12:05 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) and Alibaba (ALBCF.PK) have officially closed their $7.6B share repurchase deal. Alibaba gets half of Yahoo's 40% stake back - it has the right to buy back half of the remainder if/when it IPOs - and Marissa Mayer now has $4.5B (post-tax) to potentially go acquisition-hunting with, following her decision to "review" plans to return the money to shareholders. Will Yelp (YELP) be in Mayer's crosshairs? Pinterest? Flipboard?
  • Sep. 12, 2012, 7:39 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) will close its deal to sell Alibaba assets in one week, according to AllThingsD. Still up in the air is if the company will consider returning any of the windfall back to investors in the form of a special dividend or share repurchases. (Previous: Mayer thinking twice about buybacks)
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  • Sep. 6, 2012, 10:31 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) sales chief Michael Barrett tells Ad Age he isn't leaving - there has been plenty of speculation that he would, given he was hired by the departed Ross Levinsohn. Barrett also confirms rumors Yahoo no longer plans to sell its ad tech ops, something it was considering before Marissa Mayer arrived. Ad Age previously reported Mayer has signed off on a plan to invest hundreds of millions in the ad tech division, which centers around stumbling Right Media.
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  • Sep. 5, 2012, 10:59 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Jacqueline Reses, formerly an exec at P-E firm Apax Partners, to be its new HR chief. Reses replaces David Windley, who left 3 weeks ago as part of Marissa Mayer's overhaul of Yahoo's HR and talent-acquisition efforts. Yesterday, it was reported Mayer has been personally reviewing every new hire made by Yahoo.
  • Aug. 30, 2012, 5:43 PM
    Bing (MSFT) is now capable of searching Facebook photos added by a user's "friends." The feature is the latest in a series of social networking-related enhancements made to give Bing a leg up on Google (GOOG), whose deal-making ability is hurt by its social networking ambitions. But thus far, Microsoft and Bing-powered Yahoo (YHOO) haven't done much to dent Google's search dominance, thanks to their weak mobile position and dependence on Internet Explorer, which is steadily losing ground to Chrome.
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  • Aug. 27, 2012, 6:13 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) has hired Kathy Savitt, formerly the CEO of photo-sharing site Lockerz, to be its new chief marketing officer. Savitt replaces Mollie Spilman, who was appointed CMO by the departed Ross Levinsohn in May. (PR)
  • Aug. 21, 2012, 2:47 PM
    "It’s a bigger company than just engineers, and we pay the bills," grumbles a Yahoo (YHOO) ad sales employee, upset over Marissa Mayer's overwhelming focus on products and technical talent since becoming CEO. Kara Swisher reports "many in the sales, finance and media side of Yahoo" have similar concerns about Mayer, who hails from engineer-dominated Google. Plenty of sales execs, some loyal to the departed Ross Levinsohn, have recently left.
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 2:27 PM
    Google (GOOG) is definitely taking mobile search seriously: Search Engine Land notes 16 ways in which Google has tailored mobile results relative to PC results. Among them: local results appear more often; app download links show up; and interactive content quickly appears for topics such as weather and sports. NetMarketShare estimates Google has a 91% share of mobile search, leaving Yahoo and Bing to pick up scraps. But monetization has been hurt by lower ad rates and revenue-sharing deals. (Google Now)
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  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:03 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) U.S. sales chief Wayne Powers has left the company to become President of Parade Publications. Powers' departure, expected by many, is the latest in a series of sales personnel losses for Yahoo that recently led one insider to warn Q3 and Q4 ad revenue could be light. It could be just a matter of time before Powers' former boss, Chief Revenue Officer Michael Barrett, follows him out the door.
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  • Aug. 19, 2012, 4:07 PM
    “I used to worry about my team quitting; not anymore!," a Yahoo (YHOO) engineering manager exclaims to TechCrunch, pleased with the hiring of Marissa Mayer. But the reaction among sales personnel is mixed: some top execs have left, and sales chief Michael Barrett, a Ross Levinsohn hire, is expected to do so in months. Also: a source tells BI Mayer hasn't shown any interest in Yahoo's media ops, a Levinsohn priority, and Q3 and Q4 ad sales will miss expectations due to the impact of recent turnover. (more) Update: Mayer has just poached Google marketing manager Andrew Schulte to be Yahoo's chief of staff; he replaces the departed Michel Protti.  
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  • Aug. 17, 2012, 6:57 PM
    YouTube's (GOOG) U.S. video views reached 19.6B in July, estimates comScore - that's up 7% M/M (aided by an extra day) and represents over half of all views measured by the research firm. Just as importantly, minutes/viewer rose 48% Y/Y to 525, as users continue to embrace long-form professional content. By comparison, Facebook only had 328M views, and Yahoo 625M. Earlier today, YouTube boasted it served 159M Olympics streams for NBC, with 37% involving mobile devices.
  • Aug. 16, 2012, 6:34 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) has begun searching for a COO to act as its #2 officer, Kara Swisher reports. "Several Silicon Valley execs and others outside of tech" have reportedly been contacted, and Yahoo is said to be interested in "someone with a focus on restructuring and also finance," so as to complement Marissa Mayer's product development skills. (yesterday)
  • Aug. 15, 2012, 6:38 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has opened a Flickr account and has reportedly doubled the size of the engineering team working on the struggling photo-sharing site. Once one of Yahoo's most valuable properties, Flickr has been left in the dust by Facebook, Instagram, and others thanks to years of mismanagement and neglect. Improving Yahoo's product development efforts - widely seen as sub-par within the industry - is one of Mayer's top priorities.
  • Aug. 13, 2012, 1:00 PM
    Yahoo's (YHOO -0.8%) latest executive changes: HR chief David Windley has left as part of a department shake-up, and co-founder David Filo, who has maintained a low profile in recent years, will now be reporting to CEO Marissa Mayer. Also, legal exec Ron Bell has become Yahoo's permanent general counsel - Mike Callahan, the prior holder of that title, resigned following the Facebook debacle. Stifel downgraded Yahoo to Hold today on concerns about Mayer's cash-deployment review.(previous: I, II, III)
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Yahoo! Inc is a technology company. It offers search, content and communication on mobile phone, tablet or desktop.