Friday Wrap #48: Marissa speaks, Facebook revises Pages, organizing for content, stories from data

April 26, 2013 - 12:56pm

(c) Can Stock PhotoHere’s your weekly wrap-up of news and useful posts you may have missed during the past week. I select these stories from those I’ve collected during the week at Yahoo’s Mayer finally dishes on telecommuting policy Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s CEO, made waves when the company issued an edict ending telework practices and requiring employees to do their jobs on-site—even those who took the job in the first place because they could telecommute. Mayer defended the decision, reiterating the language in the HR memo that kicked off the controversy: “It’s not what’s right for Yahoo right now,” she said, adding that the idea that she opposed work-from-home policies industry-wide was mistaken. Mayer acknowledged that people are more productive when they work alone, but emphasized that “they’re more collaborative and innovative when they’re together,” writes Christopher Tkaczyk, senior editor at CNN Money. “As an example of that collaboration, Mayer touted the newly-launched Yahoo Weather app for iOS, which uses built-in geolocation technology in Flickr photo albums to help users get a more accurate image of local weather—an idea, she explained, originated by two software engineers who work in the same office.” Mayer made her remarks in the closing keynote at the Great Place to Work conference in Los Angeles on April 18. Facebook launches customized...

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