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The Google Brain Drain Goes On

(52) Comments | Posted September 11, 2009 | 4:28 PM

From rock star engineers like Mark Lucovsky to whiz entrepreneurs like Dick Costolo, Google (GOOG) seems to lose a top tier employee every week.

Why are so many talented people fleeing such a successful company?

After speaking with a few of former Googlers, we can say it basically boils down...

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Humble Beginnings: Where Today's Top CEO Got Their Start

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2009 | 3:21 PM

Hitting the streets this month, the class of 2009 has it tough. Unemployment is high -- 9.4% -- so whatever jobs the graduates do land this summer probably won't be the stuff of their ambitious dreams.

But you know what?

Some of the very most powerful executives in tech and...

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Study: Microsoft Bing Is Better for Ads Than Google

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 2:03 PM

Sponsored links attract about 80% more attention on Bing than they do on Google, a new eye-tracking study from consulting firm User Centric shows.

User Centric rigged 21 study participants with eye-tracking hardware and asked them to complete four search tasks using...

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Bill Gates's New $9 Million Country Cabin (SLIDESHOW)

(2) Comments | Posted June 5, 2009 | 1:57 PM

Take Your Tour Through Bill Gates's New 15,000 Square Foot, $9 Million Country Cabin Here

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has acquired for himself a simple country abode: the Irma Lake Lodge, a $9 million, 492-acre Wyoming ranch Buffalo Bill named after his oldest daughter back when he settled the...

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GM Advertising Over The Years (SLIDESHOW)

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2009 | 3:41 PM

Watch the new ad, and its predecessors →

After finally going into banckruptcy yesterday, General Motors will launch a new national ad campaign on TV, radio and in print tomorrow. The ads are supposed to supposed to say: FYI consumers, this whole ordeal "is not about going out...

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The 10 Best Online Ads Of The Year

(0) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 5:19 PM

Besides the nearly infinite amount of inventory out there, probably the biggest problem with online advertising is that usually, the creative sucks.

Unlike TV, where there are at least Super Bowl commercials and French-influenced story-telling, or print, where there at least the cinematic spreads in high-end glossies like Vogue...

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Newsweek CEO On The Economist's "Snob Appeal"

(17) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 5:00 PM

While American newsweeklies Time and Newsweek undergo drastic changes in hopes of surviving, The Economist's ad pages and circulation are up, even while a year subscription continues to cost $127.

Click here to see all the magazines killed by the crash.→

We asked Newsweek CEO Tom Ascheim -- whose magazine...

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Facebook Raises $150 Million To Buy Employee Stock

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2009 | 9:32 PM

Facebook is raising $150 million from new and current investors in order to buy employee stock, VentureBeat reports.

According to the report:

* Facebook will buy 15 million common shares at $10 each.
* Employees will be able to sell as much as 20%...

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All the Things People Thought Google Would Do but It Hasn't

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2009 | 2:05 PM

Back before Google's 2004 IPO, a joke among employees was to tell journalists and analysts who asked about the startup's future plans that Google someday hoped to build a space elevator -- a huge tether that connects an orbiting platform to Earth's surface. Journalists believed it.


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