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