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News ByteCouchSurfing, which connects travelers online with a place to stay in someone’s home, has appointed Tony Espinoza as its new CEO. Co-founder Dan Hoffer, who was previously CEO, will become president. Prior to joining CouchSurfing, Espinoza was VP at AOL and at MTV Networks. Last summer, CouchSurfing changed its status from a nonprofit and raised nearly $8 million in venture capital.
Microsoft-Facebook Tiff Over Ad Talent Raid Downgraded to "Disappointed" (With a Side of Settlement)While Facebook should not be expecting big bouquets of love from its partner and investor Microsoft, at least it’s not going to be getting legal brickbats either. According to sources close to the situation, the pair have settled a dispute over the Silicon Valley social networking site’s talent raid of Microsoft’s head of global ad sales, Carolyn Everson, for a similar job at Facebook.
Microsoft–furious over a recent talent grab of its top advertising exec by Facebook–has been considering a wide range of options, including legal action to block the move, according to sources close to the situation. While it might not come to that, tensions between the two companies, who have partnered closely in the past, are running high over the hiring of Carolyn Everson. She had been head of global ad sales at Microsoft and has been hired to be VP of global sales at Facebook.