Kara Swisher

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Yahoo Product Org Changes Now Taking a Backseat to Company-Wide Restructuring (Memo!)

In a memo to his staff today, Yahoo’s Chief Product Officer Blake Irving said that the major planned changes he was making to the unit, which I reported about here, were going to get tabled. That’s due to the larger restructuring being done by CEO Scott Thompson, which he communicated to staffers about yesterday in yet another memo. “We have a bias toward action in Products and expected that our new org design would be in place well before any corporate changes took place,” wrote Irving, in part, from the email I nabbed. “However, it is clear now that the two efforts are starting to run in parallel, and making Product org changes prior to corporate changes no longer makes sense.”


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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