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Former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz goes on a bizarre rant

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In what is sure to be one of the most unusual interviews in Silicon Valley history, former Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz goes out in bleeping fashion from the company.

In a blunt and bizarre first interview with Fortune magazine since her firing, Bartz when all out to trash Yahoo’s Board of Directors saying that “these people fucked me over.” She tells the magazine that she called Yahoo chairman Roy Bostock a little after 6PM the day before speaking at a major tech conference in New York. She was supposed to call at 6PM sharp and says “I called him at 6:06,” and he began reciting a lawyer-written statement to Bartz over the phone informing her of her firing.

She was clearly not happy with the way Bostock handled the termination. “I said; ‘Roy, I think that’s a script,'” then adding, “‘Why don’t you have the balls to tell me yourself?'” Bostock kept reading and by the end she said,”I got it. I got it,” adding, “I thought you were classier.”

Bartz was recruited in 2009 to lead the company after Yahoo founder and then-CEO Jerry Yang announced that he would step down. Yahoo was close to being acquired by Microsoft in 2008 for some $41 billion. Bartz blames the board for not taking the offer, which ended up in Yahoo scoring a search partnership with Microsoft, which stunted it’s short-term growth but, according to her, would’ve been beneficial in the long term. “The board was so spooked by being cast as the worst board in the country, now they’re trying to show that they’re not the doofuses that they are.” Bartz emailed Yahoo’s 14,000 employees about her firing last night, and she insists that she never wanted to make the employees feel distant from her. “I want to make sure that the employees don’t believe that I’ve abandoned them. I would never abandon them, I have way too many purple clothes.” Well, Bartz should consider returning or bleaching those clothes, as it looks highly unlikely that she will remain on the board after her comments. Also, the employees that she didn’t want to think had been “abandoned” by her might not care about her departure, they may even be cheering it on. Employer aggregator Glassdoor shows that Bartz had a 54% approval rating among her employees, below the average of 62%. Also, investors seem pretty happy of Bartz getting the boot—Yahoo’s stock is up over 12% since she got fired.

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CORRECTION – News Flash: Jersey Shore opens MASSIVE

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Many people estimated big numbers for Jersey Shore’s premiere, and those people were overwhelmingly correct. According to preliminary numbers from Nielsen media research, the season 4 premiere of MTV’s Jersey Shore attracted 9.7 million viewers and a huge 4.6 rating among adults 18-49. Even though its likely to be adjusted in the final numbers, it should become the highest rated show of the week.

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CORRECTION: Final viewership numbers were just released, and it was averaged down to 8.8 million viewers and a 4.3 rating among Adults 18-49.

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A Big Week for Google

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BY THE WAY: This is my first original blog post on WordPress, thanks for visiting!

Google had it’s busiest week in years with the introduction of a new social networking service, and it’s most ambitious redesign in the web company’s history. As you’ve probably already heard, the new service is called Google+ and its had the Internet going talking all week. You can tell right off the bat that Google is aiming to dethrone Facebook, and that it looks very similar to Facebook. There are some distinctions in Google+ to distance itself (if at all) from Facebook, like splitting friends or family into specific groups called Circles, and it allows you to send status updates or any other content only to the “Circle” you choose, which could be all if you’d like to make it fully public. Another interesting feature is the Hangouts feature, which is probably the most original feature in Google+. Hangouts allows video chatting between friends right from the browser, and it allows up to 10 people chatting at once. It’s an amazing feature, especially since it’s web-based (so no software downloading) and it’s free! Video chatting services like Skype and ooVoo charge for video chatting with more than 3 people, so for 10 being allowed to chat all at once for free is pretty unheard of… And AMAZING! The last feature I’ll talk about quickly in this post is the Huddle feature, which is another original feature in Google+. Huddle offers group messaging with friends with their mobile devices to make a group texting conversation. Since you’re probably going to use Huddle inside the Google+ app (which will be released for iPhone soon), you will be able to message everyone for free, no texting fees. This isn’t the last feature in Google+, but if I posted every feature, this post will be 10 times longer than it already is. If you’re interested in Google+, just go to it’s page at plus.google.com.

Next, Google’s redesign. The web giant decided to change the look of it’s website after introducing Google+, and it’s very Web 2.0. The usually white-themed website got a black bar on the top for the first time, which was criticized by some, but the outcry died down quickly. The sidebar that was introduced a few years ago looks kore modern, as well as the image search and Google Calendar. Another redesign uncovered yesterday is that Gmail is also getting a UI change, looking a lot like Google+, and what will soon be the rest of Google.

You think that’s all? Well Google’s just getting started, as Google+, which has been in a field-testing private beta, has opened to the public this morning, so you can now sign in with your Gmail account and try Google’s social service yourself; and since Google+ is in beta, Google is constantly getting feedback, and will be adding and fixing features in the coming days and weeks.

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