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Yahoo Prominent Brainiac Drain Continues: Goodbye to Broder, Mao

The departures from Yahoo’s research units — which is the once-vaunted computer science arm of the Silicon Valley Internet giant that is facing big cost cuts — continues. This time, said sources, it’s Andrei Broder, VP of computational advertising and chief scientist of the Advertising Product Group, as well as Jianchang (JC) Mao, who heads advertising sciences. It is not clear where either is going. But this research talent drain comes as no surprise after Yahoo Labs head Prabhakar Raghavan left for Google. He was followed by others, such as Raghu Ramakrishnan, who went to Microsoft. Yahoo declined to comment, as usual — but it is spot-on!


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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