John Paczkowski

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The Algorithm Collects Unemployment?

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Sounds like search outfit Ask is having a bit of, ahem, engine trouble. Employees tell Valleywag that the company is buzzing with talk of layoffs. And now come reports that Ask proprietor InterActiveCorp (IACI) may soon scrap Teoma, the engine that powers the company’s search. “There is indeed a big shake-up coming,” a company insider told Silicon Alley Insider. “A new Ask. Some think a reduction in workforce is likely. There are no sacred cows, Teoma may be sold or simply abandoned, which is hundreds of engineers who work on the core search engine, in place of just using Google’s search with our special brand of user interface.”

No sacred cows, huh? If that means Ask is a student of the Jerry Yang School of Corporate Turnarounds, well … maybe Microsoft will have a little money left over after it swallows Yahoo.

UPDATE: PaidContent has confirmed that some 100 Ask employees will be sacked come April.


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald