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Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz
Carol Bartz' rein as Yahoo CEO comes to an end

Although many probably saw this move coming for quite some time, Carol Bartz made it official this afternoon that she is out as Yahoo's CEO. The often abrasive Bartz has made a number of enemies during her tenure as CEO -- including Michael Arrington -- and definitely hasn’t made any friends on Wall Street

Bartz announced her "change of job status" in an email to Yahoo employees according to TechCrunch:

To all,

I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.


Sent from my iPad

The Yahoo Board of Directors has appointed Timothy Morse as the interim Chief Executive Officer in place of Bartz. The Board is also forming an Executive Leadership Council to find a permanent CEO for the beleaguered search company.

"It is an honor to be selected for this role and lead the Company with this world-class team of executives," said Morse. "I look forward to working with the Executive Leadership Council and the talented employees of Yahoo!, and to partnering with the Board to invest in the organization and continue to drive its ongoing growth plans." 

Despite the changing of the guard, Yahoo Board Chairman Roy Bostock is confident in the company's ability to change things around so that it can better compete with dominant player Google: 

The Board sees enormous growth opportunities on which Yahoo! can capitalize, and our primary objective is to leverage the Company's leadership and current business assets and platforms to execute against these opportunities. We have talented teams and tremendous resources behind them and intend to return the Company to a path of robust growth and industry-leading innovation. We are committed to exploring and evaluating possibilities and opportunities that will put Yahoo! on a trajectory for growth and innovation and deliver value to shareholders.

Not surprisingly, after hours trading for Yahoo is up on the news of Bartz' ouster. The stock is up just over 6 percent to $13.72.

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Shuffling chairs on the decks of the Titanic
By Daemyion on 9/7/2011 12:52:14 AM , Rating: 5
Just went over to Yahoo after roughly 10 years of hiatus. Lady Gaga was where my search box should have been. It's as it always was - a visual vomit that should just die already.

RE: Shuffling chairs on the decks of the Titanic
By Jedi2155 on 9/7/2011 3:22:21 AM , Rating: 4
I still find their Webmail service to be the best design. Google's UI is still inferior compared to theirs IMO.

By MrBlastman on 9/7/2011 11:41:37 AM , Rating: 3
Their Finance section is among the best on the Internet. I use it daily.

RE: Shuffling chairs on the decks of the Titanic
By quiksilvr on 9/7/2011 12:01:50 PM , Rating: 1
Oh, yeah, its totally superior. I love seeing top stories and having to click my inbox to see new mail when I sign in. Oh, and not being able to voice or video chat with my contacts. And not being able to make free phone calls or text messages to anyone I want. Or having to scroll down to the bottom of the page just to access Flickr or my Calendar rather than having it conveniently on the top in a neat row. Yup, this is clearly better.

By SilthDraeth on 9/7/2011 12:41:46 PM , Rating: 4
I just logged in to my yahoo mail, and woa, I saw my inbox right away.

I don't try and text or make phone calls from yahoo mail, that is what my Sprint Samsung Epic is for.

Also, if you are in your email, why would you want to "text message" someone instead of emailing them, which is still literally a text message?

I also use my cell phone's calendar, because, hey, I always have it with me and it is handier than logging into any web mail service for a calendar.

I understand we have different usage models. But clearly, the posters above you have an opinion that yahoo mail is superior, as do I, and you have a different opinion.

The point is, don't be so quick to patronize because you do things in a way I and others may consider weird.

RE: Shuffling chairs on the decks of the Titanic
By lyeoh on 9/7/2011 3:32:59 PM , Rating: 2
AFAIK you have to select the "Inbox: Show on startup" option, then only do you see the contents of your inbox when you log in to Yahoo mail.

Otherwise you get their What's New crap.

By V-Money on 9/7/2011 7:00:19 PM , Rating: 2
I use both, mostly because I've had the yahoo one for so long, but I much prefer gmail over yahoo for 2 simple reasons (that are really important to me). My yahoo gets plagued with spam, whereas my gmail doesn't (I've had my gmail account for over 6 years, so its not a time issue). Secondly, since they changed the layout on yahoo, when I click 'back' on the browser yahoo goes all the way back to the previous page, not the previous point in yahoo mail, that really bugs me. I do get the 'whats new' page, but I've never cared enough to try and change it.

RE: Shuffling chairs on the decks of the Titanic
By quiksilvr on 9/7/2011 11:42:45 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't know about the Inbox at Startup option, so I retract my What's New complaint.

Text messaging in Gmail is useful for international texts to Canada and using your cellphone will incur a charge.

People actually like using a keyboard and mouse to organize their calendar and would like a simple link at the top without having to needlessly scroll through a list of other things.

People don't have unlimited minutes on their cellphones and like using Google Voice built into Gmail during the day and not use their cellphone minutes.

Your entire argument is that you don't use these features so therefore your product is superior to another that offers these things. That does not make any sense.

By Samus on 9/8/2011 1:01:55 AM , Rating: 1
Yahoo isn't around for their search engine. Yahoo Mail, Sports, Finance and News are pretty much the companies most valuable assets.

And they have a dating service! Something their direct competition has the dignity not to have!

By someguy123 on 9/7/2011 3:05:58 PM , Rating: 2
I don't see how unless you're interested in using your email as a news source rather than simply for email. Gmail is barebones and all of the folders and categories lined up on the side and sends you straight to your inbox at login. Yahoo lists out things similarly but starts you off with headlines and also has a "TRENDING NOW" section. I'm not even sure why that exists.

RE: Shuffling chairs on the decks of the Titanic
By mindless1 on 9/7/2011 5:03:26 AM , Rating: 3
It's interesting that people like to bash them so much but that in the end, despite falling in % marketshare, they not only may have as many individual users as ever but have done better than most in remaining competitive against Google based on the fact that they are still around at all as a major brand search portal.

Who's that other one? Oh yes Microsoft, the company that funded their service through other revenues and used to pay people cash-back to search bing and buy products.

I don't use them personally, and agree their homepage is a good example of clutter, but at the same time some people go for that sort of thing, on their search engine as well as in their homes, cars, office desk, etc... they're used to it.

By ajfink on 9/7/2011 7:38:17 AM , Rating: 3
I like Bing, actually. The life-calming backgrounds don't hurt.

By wordsworm on 9/7/2011 8:41:26 AM , Rating: 3
You should try myyahoo. It's pretty cool. I don't use Yahoo search at all. But their news aggregation utility is really great. Much better than Google's (been a year since I tried theirs, so maybe things have changed... but not too likely). Google's general search engine is very good, but I also use specialized search engines when needed.

Corporate !**#$
By core_dump on 9/7/2011 7:15:58 AM , Rating: 1
The often abrasive Bartz has made a number of enemies during her tenure as CEO -- including Michael Arrington -- and definitely hasn’t made any friends on Wall Street.

Typical female CEO, to make up for lack of testosterone she is overly arrogant and abrasive, just like Carly Fiorina. When will I see a poplar female CEO?

RE: Corporate !**#$
By Reclaimer77 on 9/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: Corporate !**#$
By Brandon Hill on 9/7/2011 7:39:56 AM , Rating: 2
Wasn't Meg Whitman (eBay) pretty popular during her tenure?

RE: Corporate !**#$
By FITCamaro on 9/7/11, Rating: -1
RE: Corporate !**#$
By Brandon Hill on 9/7/2011 8:35:21 AM , Rating: 2
Seems like Sarah Silverman would be right up your alley... she makes fun of EVERYONE.

RE: Corporate !**#$
By Reclaimer77 on 9/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: Corporate !**#$
By wordsworm on 9/7/2011 8:32:25 AM , Rating: 2
What's Ballmer's excuse for his behavior then? Is he trying to make up for his lack of estrogen?

RE: Corporate !**#$
By Motoman on 9/7/2011 9:33:43 AM , Rating: 1
When will I see a poplar female CEO?

Why are you pining for a poplar female CEO? Not sure about that...but this one was definitely left in a larch. She may have been the apple of someone's eye, but she was no peach.

By icanhascpu on 9/7/2011 12:55:58 AM , Rating: 2
At least their email UI looks really nice now.

RE: email
By jeffbui on 9/7/2011 11:16:12 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know.. You can choose between one where you always end up searching the web when you're looking through your mail or you can use the one where you lose everything you're on when you hit the back button.

RE: email
By SilthDraeth on 9/7/2011 12:54:04 PM , Rating: 2
Uhm, that is because the emails open inside of tabs built into the email interface. Just close the tab of the email you are viewing to get back to the folder.

I must confess...
By therealnickdanger on 9/7/2011 8:31:18 AM , Rating: 1
I didn't even read the article. I started laughing at the headline because I immediately thought of this:

RE: I must confess...
By Brandon Hill on 9/7/2011 8:58:30 AM , Rating: 2
"What kind of sick b*tch takes the ice cube trays out of the freezer?!"

RE: I must confess...
By bah12 on 9/7/2011 9:30:09 AM , Rating: 2
Best line of the movie, aww nostalgia. Here is the clip albeit really bad quality.

New CEO?
By bug77 on 9/7/2011 4:15:23 AM , Rating: 2
I was under the impression what they need now is new ideas, not new CEOs.

RE: New CEO?
By Orac4prez on 9/7/2011 11:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think your spot on. Ive worked for companies who have useless board members and just dribble out the sort of nonsense this current Yahoo board delivered. It has that grandiose vague aura about it that says "Yeah, I'm full of it!" They aren't very good at firing though are they!

Why here in Australia, the way its done is you disconnect all access to phones and electronic comms (including company mobile phone), the security guard is brought in to escort the person off site, and then are threatened with legal action if its mentioned. You have to apply to get your personal items (glasses, prescriptions, etc) released Then they say you were revealing company secrets, talking to foreign powers, etc.....

The board wants their agenda to be acted upon, white anting the people there and blame them when the crap hits the fan. The board is incompetent. Just look at the record of Yahoo in the past 10 years. At best you can say they are poor judges of character. And if they are so bad in judging the people they employed, what does that say about their ability to listen to their clients or judge business opportunities. Time to clear the board...

So long Yahoo!

By MeesterNid on 9/7/2011 9:41:35 AM , Rating: 2
All it takes is a " team of executives" to create a product that people want. This is exactly what is wrong with so many tech companies. The corporate douche culture starts to permeate everything as soon as the company shows any signs of making money. It's like nobody can imagine the perhaps having all of that overhead of middle managers and other "executives" usually does nothing but stifle forward progress.

That's why I really hope Google is successful in their restructuring and giving more power to the developers. I strongly believe that that would make for an awesome place to work while allowing them to innovate.

RE: Clearly
By Master Kenobi on 9/7/2011 2:50:12 PM , Rating: 2
No doubt that lower and middle management is generally useless and adds delay and bloat to any process at a company. Unfortunately that is how many large companies have been structured for decades and it will be difficult to break that mold. Google has a good chance of doing it, so does Apple if they play their cards right. Outside of that I think Microsoft/IBM/HP/Oracle are too entrenched in the corporate beaurocracy to be that nimble or agile ever again.

Mega #*!!#!
By IronChef75 on 9/6/2011 11:29:55 PM , Rating: 2
She was trying to use an iPad for work, so no wonder she never achieved anything other than being a pretentious bitch.

By raphd on 9/6/11, Rating: -1
"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
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