Netflix, Hulu and … Yahoo? Why Marissa Mayer Wants Original TV Programming

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Marissa Mayer may soon take a break from acquiring companies and instead acquire some TV shows. Yahoo is "close" to ordering four high-quality online TV series with budgets of as much as a "few million dollars" per episode, according to a recent report in the Wall Street Journal . This would effectively put Yahoo in competition with a different group of Internet companies, including Netflix, Hulu and Amazon See also: Katie Couric's Move to Yahoo: Desperation or Inspiration? The Internet giant has offered original programming in the past, though for the most part it has come in the form of shorter web series. The decision to invest more on TV caliber programming is likely part of the company's larger goal to double down on quality online video. Read more »

Search Intensifies for Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 intensified Friday morning as authorities in Australia sought out two mysterious objects , spotted by a U.S. satellite, that could be a piece of the missing jetliner. See also: Australia Finds 2 Objects That May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane There has been no new sign of the objects since Australia Prime Minister John Abbott spoke on Thursday of "new and credible information has come to light in relation to the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean." "We will do everything we humanly can to try to get to the bottom of this,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott said , adding that Australia is “throwing all the resources we can at [the search]." Read more... More about Us World , World , and Malaysia Airlines Read more »

9 Questions You Have About St. Patrick’s Day

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Who was Saint Patrick? If that question rattles through your brain around this time of year, you're not alone Yahoo tells Mashable that queries about the man and the holiday he inspired jump astronomically high around this month. Though St. Patty's Day is popularized as a chance to wear green and be merry, there are more things to know about the Irish celebration. See also: There's More to Ireland Than St. Patrick's Day Here are some of the top Irish-related questions and search terms people hunted for this week on Yahoo. 1 Read more »

‘I Bought My Own Desk Off Craigslist’: 10 Startup Employees Recount the Early Days

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As part of our new series, the First 100 , Mashable is introducing readers to the first 100 employees from 100 different successful startups and small businesses. Last week, we heard from employees 11 through 20 , and this week, we'll take a peek inside the journeys of employees 21 through 30 Though their companies range from major digital media brands to website hosting platforms, employees 21 through 30 share similar lessons about going above and beyond one's job description and being adaptable as startups grow and evolve. "If you want something, you work your ass off to show everyone else that you deserve it," says Carrot Creative's 21st hire, Kathryn Farwell . Read more... More about Startup , Business , Careers , Company Culture , and Small Business Read more »

Tumblr Looks for Gold in Hollywood Hills, Hires First Director of Media

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Tumblr has hired its first director of media in a bid to tap the deep pockets of Hollywood's marketers. Sima Sistani, who recently led the mobile growth division at Yahoo , has been appointed to the newly created position at Tumblr in hopes that the blogging platform can attract entertainment dollars, which have proven surprisingly difficult to do in the digital realm. See also: 11 Tumblr Tips for Power Users Sistani will not be the only fresh face representing a social network to entertainment marketers. Facebook recently hired a head of entertainment partnerships, and Twitter hired away a Google employee to take on the role of director of entertainment industry sales. Read more... Read more »

Two Entrepreneurs Give Their Take On the Google Buses

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If you want to start a lively debate in San Francisco these days, simply bring up the topic of the tech buses. These behemoths shuttle workers to and from Google, Facebook, Apple, and a variety of other large companies based down the peninsula in Silicon Valley Back in December, the Google buses in particular became lightning rods for Bay Area residents seeking to vent their anger at rising rents and poor public transit infrastructure. The buses have been blocked from leaving stops, and on at least one occasion a bus window has been smashed See also: Facebook Testing 'Water Taxi' to Shuttle Employees From San Francisco Read more... More about Google , Marketing , Us World , and Us Read more »

The 10 Highest Rated Tech Companies for Internships

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If you're looking for an internship, head over to Facebook The social media company has the highest rated internships, according to Glassdoor . The jobs website, which offers reviews and commentary on workplaces all over the country, has compiled a list of the 25 companies that offer the best internship experiences, based on intern feedback. From Yahoo to Google to Apple , major tech companies managed to make it onto the list See also: Internships: Expectation vs. Reality In addition to the data, Glassdoor also shared some of the questions potential interns were asked during the interview process: Read more... More about Facebook , Technology , Features , Internships , and Business Read more »

Must Reads: The Meteoric Rise and Fall of Flappy Bird and More

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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles. Since you're bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads , a curated list of can't-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week's must reads here .) Read more... People-Powered Publishing Is Changing All the Rules | Mashable More about Yahoo , Amazon , Apps , Jeff Bezos , and Branding Read more »

The 8 Most Popular Types of Jewelry This Valentine’s Day

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Diamonds and pearls and charms, oh my! As this Valentine's Day rolls around, lovers are frantically hunting for bejeweled gifts to give their partners Thanks to Yahoo , we know exactly what everyone has been searching for. The company pulled statistics for the most popular jewelry search terms See also: The 7 Most Popular Valentine's Day Gifts in the U.S. While some picks won't surprise you (engagement rings and diamond earrings are as popular as ever), it's a surprise to see certain brands and antiquated items rise in search numbers. Alex and Ani, anyone? How about chocolate diamonds? Read more »

Anonymous Blogging App Secret Produces Its First Viral Hoax

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Information not meant for public consumption is powerful, which is why the English language evolved a word for such content: secret The app of the same name — Secret — put that on display earlier on Thursday after a post to the anonymous social network asserted that popular note-taking application Evernote was about to be acquired. See also: These 11 Apps Will Supercharge Your Personal Life Various Twitter users posted the message, which also made its way to the comments of a Valleywag post about Secret. Evernote is about to get acquired... pic.twitter.com/EeBP5Dvn1Y #evernote #technews — Eric Unangst (@unangst) February 6, 2014 Read more... More about Secret , Business , Marketing , Startups , and Apps Software Read more »