Yahoo surprises by appointing Google’s Mayer as CEO

Yahoo Inc picked up Google Inc’s Marissa Mayer to become its new CEO which is a surprise choice. Marissa Mayer had already established herself as an engineer with enough credentials from Silicon Valley and with her appointment, signals a new focus on technology of this struggling internet company. Thirty seven years old Mayer edged out front runner and acting CEO Ross Levinsohn to become Yahoo’s third CEO within a year. The news of Yahoo’s appointing new CEO helped in pushing up its shares up by 2% to $15.97 after the trading hours.

Yahoo further informed that Mayer would assume her role on Tuesday when the company is scheduled to report its quarterly financial results. Her appointment as a CEO brings in a new strategy to focus on web technology and products instead of beefing up online content. She is Google’s twentieth employee and is the first female engineer to led various businesses at Google that include the designing of its flagship search engine and its location and local service businesses. She was credited for picturing the simple and clean Google search interface that is still in use today and a major selling point for the web surfers.

Ms. Mayer is recognized in Silicon Valley as focused more on technology than content as opposed to Levinsohn who in just few months during his helm tried to push a strategy of strengthening the company’s online content with media partnerships. Mayer hopes to stem losses to Google and Facebook what her high profile predecessors failed to do so.

Bill Gates’ Appeal to People across the World to Invest in Farming

Bill Gates in his distinctively quiet style has published a letter about the year ahead and what he feels should be accomplished in 2012. He has called on the world to re-vitalize ‘green revolution’ all over again. Green revolution was a concept introduced to the world by late Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug.

The former CEO of software giant Microsoft, gets to the point right away, when he mentions that 15% of the world population still lives in poverty and a majority of that population is made of farmers living on small farms. He goes on to add that the produce from these small farms is not good enough to feed even their own families. He calls for agricultural innovation which will create new tools and approaches to increase produce and transform the lives of millions of farmers, at the same time he admits his fear of dwindling funding for innovation in agriculture in the current political and economic climate.


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