Google Grabs Former Yahoo Ari Balogh En Route to StumbleUpon

The Web discovery start-up StumbleUpon has hired Japjit Tulsi, who was previously a director of engineering at Google, as its VP of engineering, filling the role it had previously tried to give to former Yahoo CTO Ari Balogh.
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Former Yahoo CTO Ari Balogh Joins StumbleUpon

Former Yahoo CTO and EVP Products Ari Balogh is to become StumbleUpon’s VP of engineering, the company said this morning.

No Massive Reorg at Yahoo, But More Exec Departures (Plus the Schneider Goodbye Letter)

Sorry, folks, but–despite reports–Yahoo will not be unveiling another new organizational structure this week. In actuality, the beleaguered Internet giant is just cleaning up from last week’s shake-up–in which it announced that a chunk of its top media and sales leadership was leaving–as well as settling in new hires made in recent months by its relatively new product head, Blake Irving. In fact, those changes in Irving’s unit have resulted in the departure of two more execs. That would be former SVP of Media Products and Solutions Jeff Kinder and SVP for Cloud Computing Shelton Shugar, who are on their way out.

Yahoo Confirms Hiring of Former Microsoft Exec Blake Irving as Chief Product Officer

Yahoo said it has hired former Microsoft exec Blake Irving as its chief product officer. Reporting directly to CEO Carol Bartz, Yahoo said in a statement, Irving will “lead the company’s products organization, which is responsible for the vision, strategy, design and development of Yahoo!’s global consumer and advertiser product portfolio.” The move confirms a post BoomTown wrote last week about Yahoo’s efforts to hire the longtime Microsoft exec, whose last job there was corporate VP of its Windows Live Platform group.

Confirmed: Yahoo CTO and Chief Product Officer Balogh to Leave Company

As BoomTown reported earlier today, Yahoo is searching for a new CTO and chief product officer. Its current exec in charge, Ari Balogh, confirmed in an interview this afternoon that he is leaving the company due to family issues. The leading candidate for Balogh’s job at Yahoo, said several sources, is former Microsoft exec Blake Irving.
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Exclusive: Yahoo Eyes Ex-Microsoft Exec Blake Irving for Top Product and Tech Job; CTO Balogh to Leave

According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been seriously courting former Microsoft exec Blake Irving to take over as one of its key execs, running its product organization and essentially becoming the Internet “visionary” many think the company lacks. While it is unclear if Irving has agreed to take the job, sources said Yahoo management was keen on him working there. It’s unclear what the move means for current CTO and Chief Product Officer Ari Balogh. But sources said Balogh has been involved in the search, and was planning on taking some time off from Yahoo soon for personal reasons.

Yahoo Mobile Head David Ko Takes Over Audience Job Too (But Mobile Product Development Moves Under Balogh)

David Ko, head of Yahoo’s mobile division, has added the Internet giant’s vast media properties in the U.S. to his portfolio, according to several sources. With purview over programming and more for the main Yahoo media properties, such as News and Finance, he will now control a vast swath of its consumer-facing products. But, in a related move, product development for mobile has moved from under Ko to CTO and EVP of Products Ari Balogh.
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Dozen-Year Yahoo Tech Veteran Ash Patel to Take "Time Off"

Longtime Yahoo tech leader Ash Patel is taking some time off until early 2010. Yahoo confirmed the break to BoomTown. In recent days, some inside the company had mistakenly thought the 44-year-old EVP for Product Architecture & Strategy was departing the company for good. Actually, it’s more of a sabbatical for Patel.
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Product Management, Engineering and UI Design for Yahoo News Moving to Taiwan

In a risky but interesting move that has some at the company nervous and others excited, Yahoo is in the process of moving key development responsibility for its juggernaut Yahoo News unit to Taiwan. Under the new system, product management, engineering and user interface design for one of Yahoo’s flagship properties will become the responsibility of staffers there. Editorial employees for Yahoo News–which is the No. 1 news site on the Web with 48.4 unique monthly visitors, according to comScore data –will remain in the U.S., largely located at its Santa Monica, Calif., office. Yahoo confirmed the change to BoomTown yesterday.
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For the Record: The Official Yahoo New Homepage Press Release

All the news is already out about the new Yahoo homepage, which was launched today for users in the U.S. It features customizable apps, as well as a cleaner look. But, just in case you are not satisfied yet, here is the full press release on the new front page for Yahoo.
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Yahoo Opens Itself Up Tomorrow–Literally