Kara Swisher

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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Yahoo Chief Trust Officer Quits in Style on Facebook

I have always admired Yahoo’s Chief Trust Officer Anne Toth, given she has done a great job articulating privacy issues at the Silicon Valley Internet giant. It is one of the areas where Yahoo truly shines.

But I really like the way she quit Yahoo after more than a dozen years there, with a very adorkable and classy status update on Facebook. It’s done with respect for the company and a lot of humor.

I don’t need to say more, except read it:

It’s official — I’ve broken up with my partner of 13 years. Yahoo!, I want you to know that it’s not you. It’s *me*. Really. After 13 years, I am just not the same person I was when we met. It’s not a midlife crisis. It’s just time to move on. Try new things. You’ll always be my first…Internet company. You changed my life and I will remember you forever. I know you’ll have a hard time adjusting at first, but once you find a new privacy person, you’ll forget about me in a heartbeat. Company’s are fickle that way. But we had something really special. A unique bond. I hope you’ll remember me for giving you the best years of my life.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus