Is Marissa Mayer’s Year-Old Employee Review System at Yahoo Finally Taking Aim at Underperformers?

A little over a year ago, only a few months into her tenure, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent out an internal “goals” memo to employees that outlined a new system of evaluating the efficacy of its staff. It read, in part: “Moving forward, we will have both annual goals and quarterly goals that we will … Continue reading

Can LivingSocial Reignite Its Once-Bright Future?

It has certainly been a rough 2013 for LivingSocial. The daily deals company had to cope with an erroneous report about its $110 million funding round, a hack of customer information and a sloppy shutdown of its local-events business. And, of course, the growing perception by many investors and consumers that daily deals companies are … Continue reading

Is a Nexus Phone Running on KitKat Any Sweeter?

There are so many devices based on Google’s Android operating system that it’s hard to keep track of them all. But each year Google works with a hardware maker to produce a “best of Android” phone and tablet, called the Nexus models, which are often used to launch a new version of the OS and … Continue reading

Aetna CEO on Being Part of Obamacare: “It’s Been a Rough Go”

Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark Bertolini said on Tuesday that, while insuring more people is an important goal, it may be time to rethink the current Obamacare system. “We are one of the alpha testers for the federal marketplace, and it has been a rough go,” Bertolini said, speaking at the Techonomy conference near Tucson, … Continue reading

Coin: Finally, a New Way to Pay in Stores That People Might Actually Use

The whole startup payments world seems set on the inevitability that we will all end up paying for stuff in stores with information stored on our smartphone. Guess what? I like paying with a card. And so do a whole lot of people. The frequent counterargument from many mobile payment companies is this: We’ll load … Continue reading

Requests for Google User Account Info by Governments Are on the Rise

Google said today that the overall number of requests it has received from government agencies around the world for information on the accounts of its users has nearly doubled in the last three years. The disclosure comes in the latest update to Google’s Transparency Report, the running tally the Internet giant keeps on such metrics … Continue reading

Cloud Video for You and Your Friends’ Many Devices

[ See post to watch video ] Creating your own videos is easier to do than ever, and it’s more tempting than ever to view and share them on multiple devices. But it isn’t always simple. Videos can be large files that are clumsy to move around. And they aren’t always created in formats compatible … Continue reading

Does Fairfax Have Resources — And Motivation — To Close BlackBerry Deal?

So BlackBerry has found itself a buyer in majority shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings. The question now is, can Fairfax close the deal, and does it even want to? If the answer to those questions seems obvious, think again. Recall that Fairfax and its chairman, Prem Watsa, haven’t raised financing for the deal, and there’s a … Continue reading