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Microsoft Rejiggers Its Yahoo Search Alliance Leadership, Too

Yahoo — which I reported yesterday had named Laurie Mann as the new head of its key search unit — is not the only one making changes in leadership working with Microsoft on its limping search alliance. Longtime Microsoft veteran Greg Nelson is leaving his role as GM of strategic alliances, which includes the search partnership with Yahoo. Yahoo’s new interface at the software giant will be Bob Wyler, who has been with the alliance team since the deal was struck in 2010. Nelson will take on a new job as GM for a unit called “Display + Monetization,” working on digital advertising initiatives across the company in the advertising business group, under Online Services Division COO Rik van der Kooi.


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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