Kick the Can — Yahoo Mail Is a Consumer Disaster, but Company’s Response Is Even Worse

Memo to Yahoo Mail users: Protect your flanks.
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Twitter Breaks Down How Its Engineering Teams Work

Slow and steady wins the race, according to Twitter’s engineering philosophy.
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Pinterest Loses Head of Engineering Jon Jenkins

Jon Jenkins, the head of engineering that Pinterest hired from Amazon a little over a year ago, has left the company, as TechCrunch noted based on a Quora explanation he posted. Jenkins said he wanted to do his own startup. Said Pinterest, “We’d like to thank JJ for his contribution to Pinterest and wish him all the best on his next project. We feel fortunate to have leaders within engineering who are ready to step up and run the organization while we recruit for a permanent head of engineering.”

Twitter Considered Buying Topsy, Too — Here’s Why It Didn’t Happen

The data mining startup had more than one big tech company interested in buying it.
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Yahoo Loses New Top Data Scientist to eBay

Tim Converse, one of Yahoo’s higher-ranking data scientists, who arrived at the company early this year via an acquisition, has been hired away by eBay. He will lead its search-science engineering team, reporting to search technology VP Dan Fain. Converse is co-founder of Jybe, 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.”

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Microsoft Names Exec to Top Skype Post

Microsoft has named Gurdeep Singh Pall to replace the departing Mark Gillett as corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync communications product. Gillett, who took a job as head of value creation at private equity firm Silver Lake, had been responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations worldwide, duties that will now fall to Pall. An experienced engineer, Pall was most recently CVP of Information Platform & Experience in Microsoft’s new Applications and Services division. Before that, he was CVP of the Office Lync & Speech group.

Departing Skype Exec Gillett to Become Head of “Value Creation” at Silver Lake

Mystery managed, as the British exec might say!
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Top Skype Exec Mark Gillett Departs Microsoft

According to an internal memo sent this morning to employees, top Skype exec Mark Gillett is leaving Microsoft. Sources said that Gillett — who is corporate VP for Skype, as well as its Lync product — has another job he is headed to, although the memo did not mention where he was going. Gillett, who is responsible for Skype’s product, engineering and operations globally, has been with the online telephony company for several years, including before Microsoft bought it. Previous to that, he worked at private equity giant Silver Lake in Europe.

Apple’s BlackBerry Employee-Poaching Party

Hey, BlackBerry employees! Apple’s recruiting team is hosting a career event in your town!
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Twitter Untangles Its Overgrown Org Chart