Personal preferences aside, do you think it's better for a company if the workers are allowed to work from home?
Less than a year after former Google employee, Marissa Mayer, took the reins of Yahoo as CEO, the company unveiled a shiny, new homepage today. With an infinite scroll newsfeed and polished look that is much less cluttered than the old view, Yahoo hopes the makeover will have its landing page once again become your home site.
So what's different other than the surface change?
- Facebook sign-in — If you have a Yahoo account go ahead and sign in with that, but as of today, you can also sign in to Yahoo with a Facebook account. The site will also pull in Facebook friends' birthdays, so there's no way of forgetting the occasion, and show you stories recommended by those same pals.
- Flickr sidebar — Peep the latest Flickr uploads in the lower right hand corner of the page.
- Customizable newsfeed — Instead seeing a round down of the day's biggest news, you can now select which topics you'd like to see in the feed. More sports coverage? Done! Only care about business news? You got it.
For Android and iOS users, Yahoo also gave its mobile site a more touch-friendly experience, which you can take a look at after the break.
Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's new CEO who ruffled many feathers when she said she'd only be taking a short maternity leave — which she'd be working through — when she announced her pregnancy, seems to be in that precarious position. Hours after Mayer's husband tweeted the arrival of their baby boy yesterday, the new mom is reportedly stuck without a name for the tot. According to NYU journalism professor Jeff Jarvis, she's asking close friends and family for suggestions. He tweeted:
Just got a large-group email from @marissamayer. She's crowdsourcing suggestions for Baby Boy Bogue's name! How digital can you get? ... Just to be clear, @marissamayer says she'll take suggestions for a name. Nobody suggest Yahoo, now!
Whether she's officially "crowdsourcing" or just looking for ideas has yet to be determined, but the tweet got us thinking. Where did you go to find your baby's name?
Mayer probably has her reasons, but giving your workplace enough time to absorb the news and make plans for your leave and replacement is generally common courtesy, especially if it's a small company. I have friends who have given more than two weeks' notice, though, and their employers seem to appreciate that. What do you think: should employees give longer than two weeks' notice if they are leaving the company?
Forbes's annual list of the 100 most powerful women in the world has a few notable entries from the fashion world, including Diane von Furstenberg, Anna Wintour, and Miuccia Prada.
The list ranks Diane von Furstenberg at no. 33, citing her position as president of the CFDA as a reason for the high ranking. She ranks far above any of the other women on the list who work in fashion, including even Anna Wintour, whose work raising money for President Obama's reelection campaign (and the 11 million plus people who read Vogue every month) helped hear earn spot 51. Miuccia Prada also made the list: in spot 67, she is recognized for her recent inclusion in the Costume Institute's Impossible Conversations exhibit.
Lady Gaga and Gisele Bundchen, aged 26 and 32 respectively, are the youngest women on the list; most of the other members are between the ages of 37 and 73.
But age isn't the number that matters on this list. A look at the most fashionable women included — and where they rank — here in the gallery.
- Growing up, she was always accomplished. Back in high school, she was on the debate team, dance team, and math club and was the president of the Spanish club. She also played piano and babysat.
- She got accepted to all 10 of the colleges she applied to. She picked Stanford.
- She was an overachiever in college, too. Her extracurricular activities included dancing in her university ballet's Nutcracker, volunteering at children's hospitals, and teaching in her junior year.
- She loves high fashion. Designer Oscar de la Renta once told Vogue that Mayer is one of his biggest customers, and she once paid $60,000 to have lunch with him.
Marissa Mayer, a Google leader for 13 years, will be Yahoo's next CEO — joining the small group of female chiefs in Silicon Valley. As the company's 20th employee, Marissa was Google's first female engineer. She was responsible for the clean look of Google's popular products: the simple white search homepage, Gmail, Google News, and Google Images.
A leader for women in the technology industry, Marissa told The New York Times that Yahoo was "one of the best brands of the Internet." Even more exciting? Marissa and husband Zachary Bogue are expecting their first child — she's currently six months pregnant with a baby boy!
Not familiar with the newly appointed CEO? Learn more about the woman who'll be leading an Internet legend below:
- She bought her first computer in college, where she was studying to be a pediatric neurosurgeon, then switched to a unique mix of courses only offered at Stanford: symbolic systems — a blend of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science.
- Following her 14 job offers after graduation, Marissa created a matrix, ranking each position on salary, location, chance of success, lifestyle, career trajectory, and happiness. She then recruited an economist to help her analyze her data and spent hours charting pros and cons with her friend before deciding which offer to accept.
See the rest of the list — including some sound career advice for women — after the jump.
>> Those stories and more in our daily news roundup.
- Sarah Burton looked Anna Wintour straight in the eye and lied to her about her involvement with Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress — not a feat most designers could pull off. According to Hamish Bowles, the editor cornered Burton and asked her point blank whether or not she was designing it, and Burton said no. "Anna was telling everyone, 'Sarah told me she's not doing the dress, so she's not doing the dress,'" Bowles said. [The Cut]
- A few other pieces of Alexander McQueen's creations are on display as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum's current exhibit, titled British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age. Among other items included in the exhibit is "a tattered Anarchy in the U.K. T-shirt designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren." [Fashion Etc]
- The Model Alliance today released an analysis of the modeling industry's working conditions and found that 68 percent of the models surveyed suffered from depression or anxiety, and 77 percent had been exposed to drugs and alcohol on the job. The analysis also revealed that 93 percent of models get their start in the industry before their 20th birthday. [The Fashion Spot]
- Marissa Mayer is known as much for her position as one of the top female engineers at Google as she is for her penchant for designer clothing. "Oscar de la Renta is an amazing designer who works really well with color and detail which I think is something that's inspiring," she says. "When you want to treat yourself to something that's really beautiful, that really inspires you and captures your imagination, you should buy it." [BuzzFeed Shift]
- Just how many issues of Vogue has Kate Moss covered? According to a new book, Kate Moss: The Making of an Icon, she's been on over 300 covers of international editions of the magazine, including her recent September 2011 cover of American Vogue. [Stylelist]
We just arrived back in San Francisco after a whirlwind four days at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and while we're still processing the stats, data, information, and products we've seen, there is one thing we noticed: there's an obvious disconnect in the ratio of men to women at the show.
CNET brought together some of the most influential and powerful women in the tech field — including Padmasree Warrior of Cisco, Marissa Mayer of Google, Caterina Fake of Hunch, and Lindsey Turrentine of CNET — at this year's CES to talk about the state of the tech industry, pink gadgets, and how to strike a balance between work and home. You can see the entire panel (it's about an hour long) in the embedded video after the break, but first, a few highlights:
- The general consensus is that women have come a long way in terms of the technology field, but there's a lot more work to be done.
- Marissa Mayer says that more students (men and women) should be exposed to computer science at the high school level, so that they have more of a chance to get into the technology industry after college. "When speaking about women in technology, it becomes a numbers game, but it's not about the size of the slice of pie, it's the size of the pie as a whole; we need to make the pie bigger, and expose women to computer science earlier."
- Caterina Fake lets her daughter in on her work life in order to make her feel included. She conducts family meetings every morning around the breakfast table to talk about what worked yesterday, what they could do better today, and the goals they have for the week ahead.
- Lindsey Turrentine says that one of the most important things you can do for your children is to show a strong partnership at home. When raising kids — girls and boys alike — it's important to show that you can do both: have a strong family and lean on each other to pick up the slack when work needs to be done. No one's career is more important than the other.
See what all of the amazing women had to say about the state of the tech industry for women in the full video after the jump.
Hey, just because it's Dec. 21 doesn't mean there isn't any time left to buy a kick-ass gift for the geek in your life. Take it from our favorite tech celebrities, Veronica Belmont, Morgan Webb, Katie Linendoll, Lisa Foiles, and Marissa Mayer — buying a geek gift has never been easier. Check out their picks in these handy gift guides. Happy shopping!