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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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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