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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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