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Marissa Mayer speaks onstage at the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Dinner New York City. The 37-year-old was named CEO of Yahoo today.
One thing's for sure about newly named Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer: no one will question the Stanford computer science grad's credentials, as they ultimately did those of Mayer's predecessor, Scott Thompson, who had exaggerations in his resume that were revealed by activist Yahoo shareholder Dan Loeb earlier this year.
Mayer actually ups the ante on engineering cred: the 37-year-old was Google's first female engineer, as well as one of the first 20 employees hired (she was in fact number 20). She can't, however, repeat that achievement in the Yahoo C-suite: she follows Carol Bartz (ousted last September) as the second woman to hold the top job.
This move has taken the tech world by surprise ("shock" might be a better word). It was widely expected interim CEO Ross Levinsohn would get the nod, given that he seemed to have Loeb's support. In this respect, the naming of Mayer is earth-shattering, and it comes on the heels of rumors that she had been passed over for advancement at Google, even though she had been standing in for co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at public events and in the media. Mayer ranks right alongside Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg as powerful women in Silicon Valley go.
A ukelele? Seriously?
Well, Google has produced a teaser video for the Google Goggles that broke cover a little while back. It stars some dude living in New York who wears his Google Goggles as he meanders through his hipster New York day, culminating a sunset serenade with the aforementioned ukelele, by video chat, with a dudette who I'm just going to assume isn't his sister.
These things are for real, by the way. Google co-founder Sergey Brin was spotted wearing a pair. Apparently, he was doing Google-y with them on.
In fact, as silly as the Google Googles initially seem (or as creepy, depending on your point of view), wearable consumer electronics are probably going to be the Next Big Thing. The video makes the case in a quietly convincing manner, by deploying various Google technologies through an always-on wearable device that narrows the physical gap between user and online interface.