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Katie Couric Deal to Become Yahoo’s "Global News Anchor" Set to Be Announced Monday

November 23, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As AllThingsD had first reported in August that it was working on, Yahoo is poised to announce a deal with well-known television news star Katie Couric to do a high-profile online interview show on its home page. The deal is set to be announced on Monday, said multiple sources at the company, which could designate Couric as “global news anchor” of the Silicon Valley Internet giant. That title could change, of course. So could the deal or its timing, although it seems set now after months of negotiations with ABC News, which is both Yahoo’s online news partner and Couric’s current home network. It’s not clear when the show itself will debut, though. It is likely to center on exclusive interviews with a range of high-profile celebrities, business execs and more, done by Couric specifically for the Web and prominently featured on Yahoo’s heavily trafficked main page. There have been negotiations among the trio over many months, since Disney-owned ABC apparently holds rights to Couric’s digital output for the term of her ongoing contract. Some news outlets are reporting that Couric will leave her special correspondent job at ABC, where she has not actually appeared much. She also has a syndicated talk show that runs through the end of the season. It’s the latest flashy move by CEO Marissa Mayer to try to goose the staid image of Yahoo and provide users with unique reasons to come to Yahoo. Couric and other content initiatives are part of a larger plan to differentiate the site. Mayer has spearheaded the latest efforts herself, using her own tech celeb status, including hiring the New York Times’ tech reviewer David Pogue for a new tech site and also engaging in talks with well-known TV personality and producer Ryan Seacrest about possible ideas. As I noted in a previous post: This has been tried by the Silicon Valley Internet giant many times before, mostly without a lot of groundbreaking

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Yahoo Increases Share Buyback Plan to $5 Billion and Announces Debt Deal

November 19, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Yahoo’s board, which just met, has increased its shares buyback authorization by $5 billion, a move which should keep its already Alibaba-lifted stock in place for the short-term. The Silicon Valley Internet giant also it was doing a $1 billion debt offering of convertible senior notes and said it intends to use the money for things like stock buybacks and possible acquisitions. Yahoo has been aggressively purchasing its own stock under the tenure of CEO Marissa Mayer.

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Could Google or Tencent Beat Facebook to Buying Snapchat?

November 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Right now, Snapchat is having its “belle of the ball” moment. The mobile messaging service — which lets users exchange photos and video that disappear after a few seconds — is being courted by Facebook . It has long been an app that CEO Mark Zuckerberg lusted after. Thursday afternoon brought another turn of the screw. Valleywag reported that Google could also possibly be considering taking a run at Snapchat, matching Facebook’s $3 billion to $3.5 billion offer. Google and Facebook aren’t commenting, but sources said that Google has indeed expressed some interest in a deal. Tencent, the Chinese consumer Internet company, has also been eyeballing the company, according to sources. I don’t know Snapchat’s fate, and from what I’ve been told, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel himself is unsure of it. But it got me thinking — whether they’re in the running or not, which companies are most likely to go after the fast-growing Snapchat? Let’s go down the list. Facebook : Zuckerberg wants Snapchat bad . So bad, in fact, that he tried — and failed — to clone the app outright . Sources familiar with the matter have described the Facebook CEO as “obsessed” with Snapchat and the idea of ephemeral messaging.

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The Marissa Mayer Show Needs a Rewrite

November 13, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Now that she’s been booked for a keynote address the  Consumer Electronics Show in January, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer should look to it as an opportunity to present a different side to her than what she’s shown the public lately. Take last week, when “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence did a whirlwind tour of Silicon... Read more

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Yahoo’s Mayer, Cisco’s Chambers Join Lineup of CES 2014 Keynote Speakers

November 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Consumer Electronics Association said Tuesday that Cisco CEO John Chambers and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will be among the keynote speakers at CES 2014 in Las Vegas next January. Chambers and Mayer join Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Audi Chairman Rupert Stadler and Sony CEO Kaz Hirai.

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Seven Questions for Lance Crosby, CEO of SoftLayer, IBM’s New Cloud Company

November 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Computing giant IBM has been promising to become a significant player in the cloud computing services business for several years. But, for most of the time it has been saying that, it has been something considerably less than a significant player. That was before June, when IBM paid about $2 billion for SoftLayer the Dallas-based cloud computing services player, a distant rival to the industry’s 800-pound gorilla, Amazon Web Services. (SoftLayer had been privately held, and the actual price IBM paid was never disclosed.) Since then, IBM has started reminding the world about its aims in the cloud space. On a recent earnings call, CFO Mark Loughridge (who just announced plans to retire ) reiterated Big Blue’s goal that it expects to book $7 billion in cloud revenue by 2015. And there are hints that it will get there. When it last reported earnings , IBM said it had achieved more than $1 billion in cloud-related sales: About $460 million from cloud services, and about $610 million from IBM hardware, software and services to setting up cloud operations for IBM customers. SoftLayer is turning out to be the central thrust of those cloud efforts. Since the deal was done in June, it has added 1,000 new customers — it already had more than 20,000 — with companies as varied as Yahoo’s social blogging unit Tumblr, local-review site Yelp, and social photo-sharing site Twitpic among them. In fact, Big Blue is feeling so sure of its newfound cloud cred that it has started to run uncharacteristically aggressive ads taking shots at Amazon. In the ads, it claims that its cloud technology is behind 270,000 more websites than Amazon’s. Yet even with that new cred, IBM recently lost out on a high-profile bid to run cloud computing services for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency , a deal worth $600 million. As Amazon gets its big re:Invent conference under way this week — I spoke to AWS head Andy Jassy in an interview published on Friday — it seemed a good moment to check in with SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby. My first question was about his view on the state of competition. AllThingsD: Since SoftLayer has become part of IBM, the competitive map has obviously changed. How do you see it now? Crosby : Obviously, Amazon and SoftLayer competed head to head for some time prior to the acquisition. It was our fiercest competitor. Part of the reason that we looked at doing the deal was to address one of the problems we had, which was that we didn’t have the brand-name recognition

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Realities of Performance Appraisal

November 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Much has been written recently about performance ratings and management at some large and successful companies. Amazon has surfaced as a company implementing OLRs, organization and leadership reviews, which target the least effective 10% of an organization for appropriate action. Yahoo recently implemented QPRs, quarterly performance reviews, which rates people as “misses” or “occasionally misses” among other ratings. And just so we don’t think this is something unique to tech, every year about this time Wall St firms begin the annual bonus process which is filled with any number of legendary dysfunctions given the massive sums of money in play. Even the Air Force has a legendary process for feedback and appraisal. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Realities of Performance Appraisal

November 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Much has been written recently about performance ratings and management at some large and successful companies. Amazon has surfaced as a company implementing OLRs, organization and leadership reviews, which target the least effective 10% of an organization for appropriate action. Yahoo recently implemented QPRs, quarterly performance reviews, which rates people as “misses” or “occasionally misses” among other ratings. And just so we don’t think this is something unique to tech, every year about this time Wall St firms begin the annual bonus process which is filled with any number of legendary dysfunctions given the massive sums of money in play. Even the Air Force has a legendary process for feedback and appraisal. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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AllThingsD Week in Review: Twitter’s Product Problem and Ballmer Keeps His Microsoft Shares

November 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In case you missed anything, here’s a quick roundup of some of the news that powered AllThingsD this week: It’s official: Twitter is now a publicly traded company, with its IPO pricing Wednesday at $26 per share, hitting the NYSE on Thursday with a first-day pop up to $45 a share , before closing the week at $42.50. Even at $26, Twitter still raised quite a bit of money , giving a hefty paper net worth to its top executives. But is Twitter agile enough to fix its product problem , now that it’s answering to both users and public investors? As of Monday, BlackBerry is no longer trying to sell itself and is in the process of replacing CEO Thorstein Heins. The buyout bid’s failure sent BBRY shares into the floor , while Heins’s exit package adds up to between $7 million and $22 million . Despite its recent struggles, BlackBerry will not shut down its mobile handset business, according to interim CEO John Chen. Google’s Nexus 5 is the first Android phone to run the latest version of the mobile operating system, KitKat. But are the phone and the OS any sweeter? Walt Mossberg writes, “ I like both, though neither is an especially bold leap forward in features.” “Our business does not depend on collecting personal data ,” Apple writes in a formal report on federal government data requests — the first such report published by a tech company in the wake of the Snowden/NSA scandal

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Yahoo’s Mayer Now Chit-Chatting With Ryan Seacrest About Content Ideas

November 5, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is tearing her way through the content celebrities, it seems. First, news star Katie Couric . Then, prominent tech reviewer David Pogue . Now, it seems, she has engaged herself in preliminary discussions with Ryan Seacrest’s multi-pronged entertainment production company about what one source called “interesting business opportunities.” Oooh, I like interesting! Maybe a singing competition? Nope, he’s been there. Maybe a radio show? Yipes, he’s done that

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