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Yahoo Loses Another Major Executive: Usama Fayyad Out

usama_fayyad.jpgDespite the noise around the Yahoo/Google (GOOG) deal and the end of the Microsoft (MSFT) talks, attrition among Yahoo’s (YHOO) top executive ranks continues.

Another executive departure will be announced today at 2 p.m. PDT.

Dr. Usama Fayyad, Yahoo’s chief data officer and EVP of Research & Strategic Data Solutions, is leaving the company, a move that sources say was a long time coming.

Fayyad’s departure comes on the heels of Boomtown’s scoop that Jeff Weiner will be leaving Yahoo to become an entrepreneur in residence at both Accel Partners and Greylock Partners.

The story was first broken yesterday by Valleywag, which speculated Fayyad was on his way out.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work