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Marissa Mayer Lashes Out at 'Gender-Charged' Reporting

'It's a shame'

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer says coverage of her four years at the helm of Yahoo has been "gender charged." "We all see the things that only plague women leaders, like articles that focus on their appearance, like Hillary Clinton sporting a new pantsuit," she tells the Financial Times ... More »

What the $4.83B Yahoo Deal Gets Verizon

A chance to stand a little taller among giants

(Newser) - In its confirmation of Verizon's purchase of Yahoo's web assets , announced Monday morning, the Wall Street Journal describes it as a "remarkable fall" for Yahoo, once valued at more than $125 billion and now plucked up for less than 4% of that—$4.83 billion in cash.... More »

Yahoo's Marissa Mayer Could Get $55M Parachute

And shareholders aren't necessarily happy about it

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer has failed to stop Yahoo's downward spiral during more than three years with the company, so obviously the CEO is slated to receive a massive severance package worth $55 million, the AP reports. That information comes from a regulatory filing Friday and includes both stock and cash,... More »

Activist Investor Wants to Scrub Entire Yahoo Board

Starboard says it's got 9 nominees to take over for floundering Internet company

(Newser) - Yahoo's entire board of directors should be swapped out, per an activist investor, and the AP reports that Starboard Value is going to nominate nine new board members Thursday, ratcheting up tensions between itself and the beleaguered Internet giant. The Wall Street Journal says it reviewed a letter from... More »

Marissa Mayer Has Her Twins

Yahoo CEO gives birth

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer's "limited" maternity leave has begun: "Zack and I are excited to announce that our identical twin girls were born early this morning. Our whole family is doing great!" the Yahoo CEO tweeted Thursday. As Mashable notes, just yesterday Yahoo announced a big "turnaround... More »

Yahoo Dumps Plan to Sell Alibaba

Board moves instead to sell off core businesses

(Newser) - In something of an abrupt about-face, Yahoo is scrapping its original plan to spin off its prized stake in China's Alibaba Group and will instead break off the rest of its business into a new company. The change of heart announced Wednesday comes after Yahoo's board met last... More »

Yahoo May Sell Off What You Think of as Yahoo

'Wall Street Journal' reports board is considering 'core business' sale

(Newser) - Yahoo's board will meet later this week to discuss selling the company lock, stock, and Alibaba, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The sources say that board members are worried about CEO Marissa Mayer's slow progress in turning the company around and are considering selling off Yahoo's... More »

Marissa Mayer Is Pregnant With Twins

She's planning another short maternity leave

(Newser) - Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has just announced she's expecting identical twin girls in December, but don't expect her to be away from work long. "Since this is a unique time in Yahoo's transformation, I plan to approach the pregnancy and delivery as I did with my... More »

Yahoo Sues Alleged Leaker for Talking to Author

Firm says Cecile Lal was 'eager' to help with book on CEO's rise

(Newser) - Yahoo doesn't like it when you spill its secrets: An ex-staffer accused of leaking information to an author chronicling Marissa Mayer's leadership is the target of a lawsuit from the company, reports the San Francisco Chronicle . According to the lawsuit, Cecile Lal, a former senior director of product... More »

Why Yahoo Wouldn't Hire Gwyneth Paltrow

Marissa Mayer turned off by Paltrow's lack of college degree, exec tells 'NYT'

(Newser) - Tucked away in a New York Times profile of Marissa Mayer from last week is an amusing tidbit about Gwyneth Paltrow picked up by Gawker and the Daily Mail . It seems that cookbook author and lifestyle-advice purveyor Paltrow was under consideration to be hired as a contributing editor for Yahoo... More »

Fired Yahoo Exec Worked 18 Months, Walks With $58M

Yahoo reveals details of Henrique de Castro's severance package

(Newser) - Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer , Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job and wasn't deemed worthy of the $540,000 bonus he was eligible for in 2013. Yahoo previously disclosed... More »

Yahoo Is the New Netflix? Mayer Shopping for TV Shows

Service looks to compete with Netflix, Amazon

(Newser) - Yahoo is looking to cash in on online TV in a serious way, with insiders telling the Wall Street Journal that it's aiming to roll out four new half-hour comedy series. The series, whose budgets could run to several million dollars per episode, would consist of 10 episodes headed... More »

Marissa Mayer Fires High-Priced No. 2

Henrique de Castro will be getting a big payday

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer has fired COO Henrique de Castro, 15 months after she snatched him away from Google on an outsized four-year package worth an estimated $62 million. That was Mayer's first big hire as CEO, but he hasn't been able to boost Yahoo's flagging ad revenue as... More »

It's Official: Couric Is New Face of Yahoo News

Marissa Mayer announces Katie Couric as 'Global Anchor'

(Newser) - The rumors are true: Katie Couric is jumping over to online news. Yahoo announced today Couric will be its "global anchor" starting early next year. She'll be "the face of Yahoo News," writes Marissa Mayer, shooting features for the Yahoo homepage, continuing to host her... More »

Katie Couric Set to Leave ABC for Yahoo: Report

Marissa Mayer looking to beef up media presence: Hollywood Reporter

(Newser) - It looks like Katie Couric is just about done with network television. The Hollywood Reporter says she's in talks to leave ABC and join Yahoo, after being personally wooed by Marissa Mayer. The report says her daytime talk show, Katie, will likely be done after this season, its second.... More »

Yahoo to Encrypt All Products Amid NSA Spying

Marissa Mayer: We don't take users' trust 'for granted'

(Newser) - Yahoo is taking further steps to prevent NSA snooping: The company will encrypt all its products, and soon. In a blog post yesterday, CEO Marissa Mayer announced that by the end of Q1 next year, users will be able to have all data going to and from Yahoo encrypted if... More »

Did Marissa Mayer Just Buy a Funeral Home?

Sources at funeral home say 'yes,' owner says he doesn't know

(Newser) - Is Marissa Mayer getting out of the tech business and into the ... death business? Probably not, but sources at Palo Alto's oldest funeral home tell the Palo Alto Weekly that the Yahoo CEO just bought their 1.16-acre property, a block away from her home. But the funeral home'... More »

Zuckerberg on NSA: 'Government Blew It'

Marissa Mayer also talks government surveillance

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer were both asked about the newly revealed NSA surveillance programs at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference yesterday, and neither had anything positive to say, the Guardian reports. "Frankly, I think the government blew it," Zuckerberg said, adding that he believes the government did a... More »

Yahoo Overtakes Google in Traffic

Marissa Mayer has reason to celebrate

(Newser) - Yahoo just earned some nice bragging rights over Google: Marissa Mayer's company is the new king of web traffic, according to July stats from comScore. That's the first time Yahoo has beaten Google since May 2011 and will likely be seen as validation for Mayer's moves in... More »

Marissa Mayer's Vampy Vogue Pic Sells Out Geeks

Pepper Schwartz can understand why, but wishes she hadn't

(Newser) - Marissa Mayer lounges seductively in her new Vogue photo spread, a choice of pose that is proving controversial. A debate is raging over whether the fashion shoot takes away from the actual profile of Mayer, or whether, as a successful female CEO, she should be able to pose however the... More »

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