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.
Amid the firestorm of criticism in the wake of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's decision to end telecommuting at the company, here's something that's actually useful: a collection of recent studies on telecommuting that demonstrate Mayer is both horribly wrong and absolutely right, assembled by Network World's Ann Bednarz.
What could be the reason for this perplexing decision on the part of an otherwise intelligent and innovative business leader?
Yahoo acquired Alike, a mobile app that helped users discover nearby venues and places to visit. As a result, Alike said it will shutter its iPhone and Web apps, but the company's employees will join Yahoo's mobile business.
Yahoo unveiled a redesigned Mail client for Apple's iOS, Google's Android, Microsoft's Windows 8 desktop and the Web, promising a speedier, more streamlined user experience.