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News ByteJybe, a mobile app for recommendation and social discovery that the Silicon Valley Internet giant bought in March. His LinkedIn profile notes that, at Yahoo, he “worked on machine learning techniques for the personalization group.”
News ByteLinkedIn profile, Jeff Bonforte has been named SVP of communication products at Yahoo. An insider tipped me to the new title for the former CEO of Xobni, the maker of address-book apps and plugins which Yahoo bought in July. “I have responsibility for Yahoo Mail, Messenger, Groups, Contacts, Calendar and some other stuff,” wrote Bonforte on his profile helpfully (to me!). AllThingsD had previously reported that the well-regarded former Yahoo was likely to get just this key portfolio at Yahoo, which could certainly use his expertise.
News Bytereported last week that the Silicon Valley Internet giant was interested in acquiring Lexity, which was founded and is led by a well-regarded former Yahoo exec, Amit Kumar. Lexity said the service would continue to run, but eventually under new Yahoo branding. Before the acquisition, Lexity had raised close to $6 million from a range of investors.