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  • 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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  • Aug. 10, 2012, 1:41 PM
    Dan Loeb supports Marissa Mayer's decision to re-evaluate Yahoo's (YHOO -5.8%) plans to return the proceeds from the Alibaba sale to shareholders, a source tells Reuters. Everyone seems to have an idea as to whom Mayer might try to buy (previous): some more names thrown around include Foursquare, Flipboard (another former Google target), Path, and Pulse. Mobile is likely to be an area of focus, given Yahoo's also-ran status in the space.
  • Aug. 10, 2012, 9:31 AM
    Yahoo (YHOO) -4.2% after its 10-Q bombshell, which suggests CEO Marissa Mayer might prefer to use some of the Alibaba proceeds to buy companies rather than Yahoo shares. The Street isn't pleased - BofA is downgrading to Hold - but Nicholas Carlson considers it necessary, given Yahoo's competitive woes and need for talent. He thinks popular (and richly-valued) names such as Yelp (YELP - a company Mayer wanted Google to buy), Pinterest, Quora, and Vimeo could be in play.
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 4:53 PM
    Yahoo (YHOO) -4.4% AH after releasing its Q2 10-Q, which suggests new CEO Marissa Mayer is reviewing the company's capital allocation strategy. That could lead to the pulling of the $5.5B stock buyback program tied to Alibaba's $7.1B repurchase of half of Yahoo's 40% stake. Dan Loeb, who supported Mayer's hiring, can't be happy about this. The WSJ reported yesterday Mayer is looking to make acquisitions.
  • Aug. 9, 2012, 2:42 PM
    Another day, another round of Yahoo (YHOO) executive changes. Michel Protti, chief of staff for departed interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, has reportedly left the company. At the same time, Marissa Mayer has made her second Google hire (previous), recruiting ex-project manager Patricia Moll Kriese to be a senior director for corporate projects. (earlier)
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  • Aug. 9, 2012, 1:46 AM
    In her first days as Yahoo (YHOO) CEO, Marissa Mayer is reportedly showing the product development focus many expected. In addition to expressing interest in products in hyped areas such as mobile, social, and local services, Mayer wants to revamp Yahoo Search, though it isn't clear if this means ending the troubled Microsoft (MSFT) deal. Also: Mayer is interested in providing content and ads to other sites, has killed off plans to outsource Yahoo's ad tech ops, and is trying to de-emphasize near-term profits. (previous)
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  • Aug. 6, 2012, 10:35 AM
    Yahoo's (YHOO) game of executive musical chairs continues with the resignation of strategy SVP Jim Heckman. Heckman's departure is unsurprising given he was close to former interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, and was also pushing for Yahoo to outsource its ad tech ops (something the tech-focused Marissa Mayer may not be crazy about). The big question now is whether others close to Levinsohn, such as sales chief Michael Barrett, will also leave. (other departures)
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Yahoo! Inc is a technology company. It offers search, content and communication on mobile phone, tablet or desktop.