from Jack Shafer:

The dangers of deputizing Google to bust child pornographers

By Jack Shafer
August 5, 2014

Illustration file picture shows a man typing on a computer keyboard in Warsaw

"Don't be evil" -- the first sentence of Google's "Code of Conduct" -- has served as the technology company's corporate motto since its earliest days. But given Google's role in the arrest late last month of a Houston man on child pornography charges, perhaps we've been misreading it. Perhaps the motto is aimed at its customers, as in, "Don't you be evil or we'll have you busted."

from Breakingviews:

Yahoo’s Mayer nears post-Alibaba reckoning

July 31, 2014

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Yahoo’s Alibaba windfall tough to spend wisely

May 8, 2014

By Richard Beales

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Stories I’d like to see:

Value of big data, news on Newsweek, White House Correspondents Dinner’s costs

By Steven Brill
May 6, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama is shown on a screen as he speaks during the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

1. What’s the real value of big data?:

The Obama administration’s report last week on the need to consider restricting how Google, Facebook and other Internet powerhouses collect and use big data reminds me of a story I’ve been hoping to see for a while: How much does this collecting and slicing and dicing of big data actually help advertisers and marketers?

from Breakingviews:

Googleization of Yahoo hits pricey speed bump

January 16, 2014

By Richard Beales and Robert Cyran
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Jack Shafer:

If Katie Couric is the answer, what’s the question?

By Jack Shafer
November 27, 2013

Web publishing -- never a diffident business -- has been calling attention to itself all week long. Yahoo chief executive officer Marissa Mayer, whose forte as boss has been the shimmering acquisition (Summly, Tumblr, Xobni, Rockmelt, et al.) and the high-profile media hire (David Pogue, Megan Liberman, Matt Bai), signed Katie Couric as the site's "global anchor," and promised additional Yahoo News signings, enabling Couric to "lead a growing team of correspondents." Business Insider auteur Henry Blodget, whose enthusiasm for himself approaches the onanistic, responded to Michael Wolff's suggestion that the Insider has peaked and that he should sell with a column saying he wasn't ready to bail. Further down the food chain, Politico, which recently dumped its broadcast TV stations, purchased Capital New York, and PandoDaily (backed by Peter Thiel, Marc Andreessen, Tony Hsieh, and others) bought NSFWCORP to, as its Editor-in-Chief Sarah Lacy put it, "double down on investigative reporting."

from Breakingviews:

Dan Loeb’s Yahoo exit hurts investors twice over

July 22, 2013

By Robert Cyran
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from MediaFile:

How about Hightail-ing it?

July 11, 2013

Silicon Valley startup YouSendIt, which began as a file sharing and storage company, is getting a corporate makeover. YouSendIt comes off, and Hightail gets papered on.  

from Breakingviews:

U.S. online spying leak could harm Silicon Valley

June 8, 2013

By Robert Cyran
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Marissa Mayer puts exclamation point back in Yahoo

May 20, 2013

By Jeffrey Goldfarb

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.