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  1. Tech

    Yahoo CEO Vows Not to Screw Up Tumblr Before Detailing Exactly How Yahoo Will Screw Up Tumblr

    The news broke yesterday that Yahoo will pay $1.1 billion for the Internet's foremost source for cat GIFs and teenage poetry, Tumblr. Not everyone is taking the news well, but Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has stated that she promises "not to screw it up." Then she outlined a plan to feature more ads on Tumblr. That sounds a lot like screwing up Tumblr.

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  2. Tech

    Yahoo Pays $1.1 Billion for Cat GIFs (Gets Rest of Tumblr Free With Purchase)

    Yahoo is holding a big media event in New York tomorrow, at which everyone was expecting them to announce they would be buying Tumblr. Instead of waiting for the big event, The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's board has approved the Tumblr purchase and its $1.1 billion price tag, which will be paid in cash.

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  3. Tech

    Yahoo! Slowly Becoming Google, Finally Offers Free Lunch

    They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. Regardless of how it gets to you, somebody paid for it. Paying is no longer a concern for Yahoo! employees in Silicon Valley as their new CEO, Marissa Mayer, has revealed that their cafe will be offering food to them free of charge. This kind of service was already a staple at Google and isn't unheard of in the professional world these days. A free lunch isn't the only thing Mayer's brought with her, though.

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  4. Tech

    Google Unveils Google Instant: Search Results as You Type

    Google is currently holding a press conference to announce Google Instant, their new search feature that displays search results as you type. From the FAQ:
    Our key technical insight was that people type slowly, but read quickly, typically taking 300 milliseconds between keystrokes, but only 30 milliseconds (a tenth of the time!) to glance at another part of the page. This means that you can scan a results page while you type. The most obvious change is that you get to the right content much faster than before because you don’t have to finish typing your full search term, or even press “search.” Another shift is that seeing results as you type helps you formulate a better search term by providing instant feedback. You can now adapt your search on the fly until the results match exactly what you want. In time, we may wonder how search ever worked in any other way.
    Marissa Mayer: "It's not search 'as you type,' but 'search before you type.'" "We can predict what you are likely to type and give you those results in real time." (via RWW.) Google claims that Instant will save many users 2-5 seconds per search, and, if used globally, will save humanity a collective 3.5 billion seconds per day. Personally, I find it a little  distracting, though you can turn it off by visiting your Google Preferences page. One purpose for which it does seem useful, however, is mobile search: Google says they will have this out later this fall. Google will be rolling Instant out over the course of the next few days; if it's not already enabled for you on Google.com, you can hit this link to try it out. Thoughts? (Google Instant FAQ.)

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  5. Entertainment

    An Invitation: Go Forth and Geek up Time’s ‘Most Influential People of 2010′ Poll

    When someone puts a general poll on the internet, we get Lara Croft Way and Computer Engineer Barbie; in other words, wonderful things happen. In this spirit, we'd like to give you some links to the more than 2 dozen geeky and geek beloved people on this year's list of 200 vying for a spot in an issue of Time through open internet poll. If it's going to be mostly unscientific anyway, let's tilt it in our favor!

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