Is Marissa Mayer’s Year-Old Employee Review System at Yahoo Finally Taking Aim at Underperformers?

It’s like a bell curve on geek steroids.
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Obama Unaware as U.S. Spied on World Leaders: Officials

The National Security Agency ended a program used to spy on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and a number of other world leaders after an internal Obama administration review started this summer revealed to the White House the existence of the operations, U.S. officials said.

Hey Yahoo! Take a Gander at These (Much Better) Crowdsourced Logos.

This time, following the crowd might have yielded better results (and not Giselle).
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AOL’s Huffington Post Adds Ecofabulous Content

AOL-owned Huffington Post is adding a large amount of environmental-focused content from Ecofabulous, and making its founder, Zem Joaquin, an editor at large of home and lifestyle. In a nonexclusive licensing and revenue-sharing deal, the dedicated Ecofabulous page said that the online content site “will host original product reviews and recommendations featuring environmentally conscious beauty, fashion, home, kids, tech, and lifestyle items; provide resources for readers aiming to live a green life; profile environmentally-pioneering companies; and serve as a place to inspire readers seeking the recommendations of expert editors and designers.”

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Director Says BlackBerry Can Survive as “Niche” Player

In an interview in Stockholm, newly elected BlackBerry director Bert Nordberg said the board is aware of the value the company has created in areas like the enterprise business, hardware functionality and secure communications.

By the Book

I hate that not everything ever written is on iBooks. Man, I hate paper.

Penn Jillette, in a New York Times interview

Mike Lynch Punches Back at Today’s HP Filing: Whither $5B Writedown?

Sooner or later, someone’s going to lose an eye.
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Along With New Homepage, Yahoo Also Set to Launch a “Gmail-Like” Email Reboot to Slow Gmail Gains

Signed, sealed, about to be delivered.
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The Greatest Mistake Ever Made

It’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake.

Farhad Manjoo, in an article on Slate entitled, “The iPhone 5 Is a Miracle,” which was written to update his opinion of the iPhone 5 from his initial review, which was entitled, “No, This Is Not the Best iPhone Ever”

Is Facebook IPO on Track for May?