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* Don't quite follow why some of your favorite Web sites have gone dark today? Here's a tidy explainer of SOPA and PIPA, two anti-piracy bills that could change Internet if passed. (CNNMoney)
* Yahoo co-founder, former CEO and director Jerry Yang resigned from the company because he'd "had enough." Separately, All Things D also reports that four other board members -- Chairman Roy Bostock, Arthur Kern, Vyomesh Joshi, and Gary Wilson -- may also leave. (All Things D)
* An excerpt from colleague Adam Lashinsky's upcoming book, Inside Apple. (Fortune)
* According to Nielsen, iPhone adoption is on the up and up. Nearly 45% of people surveyed bought an iPhone last December, as opposed to just almost 25% in October. (Nielsen)
* Nokia CEO Stephen Elop on his war for smartphone dominance. (Wired)
* Why failure is just beginning for some startups. (The New York Times)
* Leading textbook rental company Chegg launched a web-based textbook reading app that will allow its 4 million-plus users to look up definitions, ask questions of other users, highlight, and annotate from within the app itself. The announcement comes the same week Apple reportedly plans to unveil a digital textbook service of its own. (Chegg and The Wall Street Journal)
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These days, Yahoo seems to be more about generating rumors than solid prospects for the future. So why would Google ever want to risk getting involved? Here are six potential reasons.
By Kevin Kelleher, contributor
FORTUNE -- If a company stays on the auction block long enough, rumors about its fate will eventually begin to repeat themselves. In 2008, while Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang insisted the web giant wasn't for sale, Microsoft MOREOct 25, 2011 11:53 AM ET
At this point, the ultimate fate of the beleaguered Internet company is anybody's guess. But here are some of the executives that may get a chance at taking the top spot.
FORTUNE -- It's impossible to guess who might be Carol Bartz's replacement at Yahoo because it's impossible to guess what Yahoo might look like when a replacement is named. It could be a totally different company before a CEO is MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Sep 8, 2011 2:39 PM ET
The firing of CEO Carol Bartz represents an unusually bold move by a board widely criticized as timid and ineffective. But two and a half years after she arrived, Yahoo faces many of the same problems it had before.
By Miguel Helft
FORTUNE -- Back in June 2007, Yahoo appeared to be rudderless. Its business was slowing, morale was low and many of its key executives were leaving. Yet its board told MOREFortune Editors - Sep 7, 2011 7:15 AM ET
Every day, the Fortune staff spends hours poring over tech stories, posts, and reviews from all over the Web to keep tabs on the companies that matter. We've assembled the day's most newsworthy bits below.Facebook topped expectations at their media event yesterday -- they didn't just launch an email service, but a revamped Messaging app that fuses email, SMS, IM and Facebook chat. All communications between two people, regardless of format, MORE JP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 16, 2010 6:00 AM ET
Yahoo's stock price is abysmal, employee morale is low, and top-level executives are fleeing. What's left? An Internet property slowly limping to its death and a mouthy CEO with no vision. Her days are numbered.
"I don't want to hear any crap about something magical that the fine people of Yahoo are supposed to do in this short time. So f*ck off." -- Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, May 2010
At the height of MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Sep 30, 2010 11:45 AM ET
By Yi-Wyn Yen
At the Web 2.0 Summit two weeks ago, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang was asked if he was the right guy to lead the battered Internet portal. Yang dodged the question by defending his passion for the company he co-founded 13 years ago. "I didn't make the decision of being the CEO lightly," he said. "I wanted to make a change at Yahoo that I believe I can make....That's MOREyiwyn - Nov 17, 2008 8:47 PM ET
By Yi-Wyn Yen
SAN FRANCISCO - In the past ten months, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang has faced a hostile takeover attempt by Microsoft, shareholder lawsuits, a proxy fight led by Carl Icahn and, on Wednesday, watched a much-needed partnership with Google (GOOG) go up in flames. Yet the embattled Yahoo chief says he has no regrets that he took on the job.
"I didn't make the decision of being the CEO lightly," MOREyiwyn - Nov 5, 2008 11:01 PM ET
By Yi-Wyn Yen
You know it's a bad quarter when the most encouraging news you offer is job cuts.
During Yahoo's third quarter earnings call Tuesday, chief executive Jerry Yang made an unconvincing argument that the company is "well positioned for future growth." Yahoo reported net sales and earnings for the third quarter that fell well below the Street's consensus.
And Yahoo (YHOO) is bracing itself for a bleak fourth quarter. The company adjusted MOREyiwyn - Oct 21, 2008 9:12 PM ET
By Scott Moritz
The planned advertising partnership between Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO), which was devised during Microsoft's (MSFT) unsolicited bid for Yahoo, is headed for a federal antitrust challenge. And that could mean, according to one analyst, that Google could wind up walking away from the deal.
Two days after the Association of National Advertisers sent a letter to the Justice Department opposing the Google-Yahoo ad pact, antitrust regulators hired high-powered MOREsmoritz - Sep 9, 2008 12:14 PM ET
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