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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik