Web Weekly: Yahoo and TechCrunch Leaders Booted, LinkedIn Adds Features

Posted By abod on September 12th, 2011

Yahoo CEO, TechCrunch Founder Fired

This week some internet bigwigs got the boot. First, the founder of techy blog aptly named TechCrunch, Michael Arrington, was fired following the revelation that he was launching a fund to inve

st in high-tech startups. The so-called CrunchFund was backed by AOL, TechCrunch’s parent company, and so the idea that Arrington’s blog would be covering companies he was heavily invested in wasn’t swallowed lightly. That said, the blog has proven to be highly critical even of companies that Arrington founded, such as Seesmic, reports Time.

And later this past week there was another (unrelated) shakeup in the tech world. The search engine struggling to compete with Google and Facebook, Yahoo, fired its CEO Carol Bartz on Tuesday. The message was delivered over the phone by Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock, reportedly for failing to produce sufficient revenue growth, and she was not happy about it. “They f***ed me over,” she told Fortune.

 

Happy Birthdays to Google!
Google posted a Happy third birthday, Chrome! on its blog in an ode to the company’s web browser. The company itself celebrated its 13th birthday this week. Time for a Bar Mitzvah – Mazel Tov!
In other Google news, Mashable reports that Google is now offering a new Chrome extension that will allow users to access offline versions of its Gmail, Calendar and Google Docs.

 

PostSecret Launches App
The tremendously popular website PostSecret has now launched an app for iOs, and an Androis version is coming soon. According to the secret sharing website’s blog, within 24 hours of release, the PostSecret app became the #1 best-selling App in the U.S. and Canada.

 

LinkedIn Adds Space on Resume for Volunteer Service
Doing good pays off! LinkedIn now provides a space for volunteer service and activism on personal profiles. Demonstrate how you’ve given back to the community, filled gaps in your work history productively, and been a team player by adding volunteer service to your profile.
add sections to linkedinHow do you do it? Look for the strip above toward the top of your profile page. Click “Add sections” and a pop-up box will guide you through adding all kinds of additional information, such as presentations, language proficiency, and coursework to show of your skills and experience. Personalize your profile with these additions to stand out from the pack!

 

A Life Without Facebook a Life Not Worth Living?
A study from the London Science Museum showed that Brits would rather live without flushing toilets, central heating, air conditioning, pain killers, vacuum cleaners, and shoes than go without their beloved Facebook, reports Search Engine Watch.

 

I think I’d prefer some of the more retro first-world conveniences over Facebook. Would you make the same call?

Headlines:
* Amazon.com testing site redesign (Mashable)
* Google now also helps you find your eats – it acquired restaurant guide authority Zagat (Mashable)
* Fring takes group video chats mobile with its Playgrounds feature, modeled after the Hangouts on Google+ (ReadWriteWeb)
* Blogging platform Tumblr surpasses 10 billion posts, which is an incredible milestone considering the count was 1/10th, or 1 billion only a year ago (TechCrunch)
* Twitter reaches 100 million users (New York Times), but I venture to guess that only a minority know how to use it. Forty percent of registered users just “lurk”, reading tweets (GigaOm)
* Daily deals aren’t dead! Google Offers Goes Live in 5 New Cities (Search Engine Land)

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