Andrew Ross Sorkin and Evelyn M. Russi, reporting for the NYT’s DealBook blog:
The appointment of Ms. Mayer, who was employee No. 20 at Googleand was one of the few public faces of the company, is considereda surprising coup for Yahoo, which has struggled in recent yearsto attract top flight talent in its battle with competitors likeGoogle and Facebook.
Ms. Mayer, 37, had for years been responsible for the look andfeel of Google?s most popular products: the famously unadornedwhite search homepage, Gmail, Google News and Google Images.
Huge challenge for Mayer, but a nice scoop for Yahoo. I liked Google a lot better back when it seemed like Mayer was more influential there. It would be great to see her turn things around at Yahoo.?