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October Surprise: Yahoo CEO Mayer and Husband Have Baby Boy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer had a baby sometime last night, according to a tweet by her husband Zach Bogue just this morning.

The child is the couple’s first and it is not clear from the tweet whether he was delivered on September 30 or October 1. He is slightly early — Mayer had said that the child was due October 7.

No matter — congrats to the new parents!

Mayer announced her pregnancy at the same time it was unveiled that she would be taking over Yahoo in July. The former Google exec attracted some measure of discussion over her taking such a big job at the large and troubled company at such a delicate time.

That’s codswallop for a lot of reasons and probably moot for the highly functioning Mayer, who has said she plans to take a few weeks off. She is likely to bring her new son to work too.

It’s a new day, people, so get used to it.

And, once again, congratulations to the new family on beginning the best adventure of a lifetime.

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald