Marissa Mayer has tripled Yahoo’s stock price, but apparently that’s not enough

Yahoo's Stock Price

If you were an investor in any company that experienced the above growth in the past 2 years, you’d probably be pretty happy with whoever is running the ship.

Unless of course that ship were Yahoo, which perennially has at least a handful of influential shareholders who either a) don’t like the direction the company is heading or, b) want the company sold off or merged with someone else.

That’s the position Marissa Mayer finds herself in, despite the pretty impressive stock price growth since she took over the CEO role in July 2012. According to Reuters, at least two large Yahoo shareholders are unhappy with her performance:

…[the] shareholders are so unhappy with Chief Executive Marissa Mayer’s turnaround efforts that they are making a direct plea to AOL Inc CEO Tim Armstrong to explore a merger and run the combined company.

With a Twitch and an ad tweak, Amazon muscles its way past Google

Twitch TVSometimes it seems like the tech industry is running its own little – but very lucrative – war. Apple vs Android, Windows vs Mac, Twitter vs Facebook, Amazon vs Google.

Hmm. . . that last one never occurred to me until now. A month ago, I didn’t see Amazon as a Google competitor. Walmart, yes. Every small retailer on the planet, yes. But Google?

If the rumors are true, Amazon is ready to go into battle with the search engine giant and it could be the makings of a brilliant video game.

First, there’s the rumor that Amazon is going to buy live-streaming, gaming network Twitch.TV. Earlier this year, YouTube was planning on buying the network. It couldn’t be a better fit – the world’s largest video network merging with the largest live-streaming game network – what a powerhouse.

Is Facebook faking friend Likes to increase your interaction with brands?

OK, put on your tin foil hat with me, this is a total conspiracy theory, but…

Facebook just showed me a post that it claimed 3 of my closest friends (actually my wife, sister, and good friend) had Liked:

Facebook bug?

Now, I know for a fact that they did not Like this post. Heck, they don’t even know about this brand.

So, my question is this: is this a sleazy effort by Facebook to encourage me to Like a post, or is this just a bug–which conveniently benefits Facebook anyway?

Why the FBI is jealous of Facebook’s 97% facial recognition accuracy

facial recognitionHardcore conspiracy theorists will tell you that Facebook is a secret government spying project, cleverly designed to get us to reveal everything from our whereabouts, to our associates, and nefarious activities.

If you fall in to that category, fear not. Techcrunch reports that the government can only dream of having the same kind of technology available to Facebook–especially when it comes to facial recognition.

Given a suspect’s face, NGI [the FBI’s technology]  returns a ranked list of 50 possibilities, and only promises an 85 percent chance of returning the suspect’s name in the list. To put it another way, even when you give NGI 50 guesses, it still lets one in seven suspects off the hook.

Compare that to Facebook…

Old Macdonald had a farm with internet, Gee Oh Oh Gee eL Eee!

The Wall Street Journal has exclusive details of Google’s plans to take over the world thanks to a fleet of satellites. It just needs $1 BILLION dollars!

Dr-Evil

Actually the plan is not that evil. It’s not even quasi-evil.

The Goog wants to put into orbit around 180 small, low-orbit satellites that would bring internet to rural areas of the world–allowing Old Macdonald to check-in on the Facebook status of his cows.

“Google and Facebook are trying to figure out ways of reaching populations that thus far have been unreachable,” said Susan Irwin, president of Irwin Communications Inc., a satellite-communications research firm. “Wired connectivity only goes so far and wireless cellular networks reach small areas. Satellites can gain much broader access.”

Why? The money! It’s always about the money.

Is Facebook gearing up to force businesses to pay for all promotional posts? (screenshots)

This is total speculation, but could Facebook be getting ready to force businesses to pay for any post that is blatantly promotional in nature?

While enjoying my normal morning browsing of dog photos, family updates, and tennis controversies, Facebook slipped in a small request for me to take a brief survey. Sure, why not?

Here’s what happened next:

Facebook Survey

And this:

Facebook Survey 2

Another one:

Facebook Survey 3

In total, Facebook asked me to look at 14 different posts–some from companies I didn’t follow, some from Pages I did, and others from friends. With each post, I was asked to rate whether I believed it was an ad or not. Interesting, huh?

Now, here’s my speculation on why Facebook is doing this:

Google Now, Mine and YouTube Collections: I Wonder What Else I’ve Been Missing

secret_passageGoogle’s been keeping secrets from me. While researching the rumored “Google Mine” project, I found out that there are hidden pathways and content tricks that I didn’t know existed.

Those inquisitive little bloggers over at Google Operating System: Unofficial News and Tips About Google turned me on to Google Now. Visit https://www.google.com/now/topics/ and you’ll find a graphical list of topics that you searched in the past week and the past month.

It only picks up terms you searched on multiple occasions and it appears to only collect what you searched when you were logged in to your Google account.

Last week, I was looking up the movie The Internship and that led to this box. In Google’s mind, if I like The Internship, I’ll also enjoy Jurassic Park, Lincoln, Schindler’s List and ET. That’s one of the most mismatched collections of movies I’ve ever seen.