While not supporting working at home for employees, Yahoo's chief Marissa Mayer is embracing mobility, at least for Yahoo's products.
Yahoo announced that it now counts 300 million mobile monthly users, up from 200 million at the end of last year. The company said the rise is partly due to a recent overhaul of its mobile and desktop sites, but is also likely due to users' overall shift from desktop Internet surfing to accessing the Internet from their smartphones.
I found a big shocker when I opened this month's comScore search engine marketshare numbers.
Apple and Yahoo are in discussions to integrate Yahoo Web services more deeply into the iPhone and iPad user experience, The Wall Street Journal reports.
To quote Frank Sinatra, "When I was 17, it was a very good year." It was nowhere near as good as the year 17-year-old Nick D'Aloisio is having, however: This week, the British whiz kid sold his mobile software startup Summly to Yahoo for somewhere between $20 million and $30 million--not a bad payday, especially compared to the $4 per hour I made working in a record store when I was D'Aloisio's age. (Come to think of it, maybe I didn't have such a good year after all.)
Yahoo has acquired Summly, a London-based mobile software startup promising consumers more efficient access to online news content. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Yahoo has acquired Jybe, a personalized recommendation engine founded in 2011 by five ex-Yahoo employees. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Automattic Inc. runs a lot of busy websites--including WordPress.com--and it does it with a workforce that toils entirely from home, writes author Scott Berkun. In a post at Harvard Business Review, Berkun outlines the business advantages he uncovered while working at Automattic for a year.
Yahoo is streamlining its product lineup, eliminating a series of mobile and Web properties including its news and messaging app for BlackBerry.
Distractions that reduce productivity and creativity should be eliminated from the work environment, but it's important to recognize that they can come in all shapes and sizes. For some people, they could be in the form of the TV set, unattended children or the beckoning of the refrigerator. For others, they could be in the form of the prattle of office gossip, the drone of fluorescent lights overhead or sitting in traffic two hours a day.