The Longish Goodbye: Highlights From AllThingsD Staffers Johnson, Del Rey and Cha

I don’t know why you say hello, we say goodbye.
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Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

Analog is the new digital.
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Is Ford’s Alan Mulally Now in the Lead to Be New CEO of Microsoft?

Can the car maker fix what ails the tech giant?
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Tragedy: Amazon’s First CFO and Internet Pioneer Joy Covey Dies in Bike Accident

A small glimpse into the life of an extraordinary woman.
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Former Yahoo and Microsoft Media Exec Scott Moore Tapped as Cheezburger President and COO

He ran MSN and Yahoo Media, but can he herd some cats?
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Patent Predator Intellectual Ventures Builds Up Lobbying Troops

IV taps telecom lobbyist Russell Merbeth to establish an in-house lobbying team in Washington, D.C.
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Aiming for “Functional Coherence,” Mulling a Different P&L and With Advice From Ford CEO, Microsoft Restructuring Set for Thursday

Get ready for the rumble — and you know Steve Ballmer loves to rumble.
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Exclusive: Microsoft’s Xbox Head Don Mattrick Leaving to Take Top Role — Possibly CEO — At Zynga

A very big hire for the troubled online gaming giant.
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Zynga to Lay Off 520 Employees — 18 Percent of Staff — and Shutter New York and LA Offices in Refocus on Mobile

Right-sizing the gaming giant for the mobile market.
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