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John Giannandrea Named New Google Head of Search

John Giannandrea is named Google’s new Head of Search, replacingAmit Singhal who is leaving Google. Giannandreawas the Google executive behind their recent forays into machine learning in search, including RankBrain. He has been with Google since 2010. His new official title will be Vice President of Engineering.

Plus,Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa Mayer can save her own job.

The long-anticipated purge will jettison about 15 percent of Yahoo’s workforce along with an assortment of services that Mayer decided aren’t worth the time and money that the Internet company has been putting into them.


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