I have not seen any good news with Yahoo! lately and the latest one is still negative. But as Yahoo announces its second round of layoffs in two months, Google is announcing that it will be embarking on a hiring spree this year.

In terms of staffing up, 2010 was the second largest year in terms of adding employees. Google hired more than 4,500 Googlers, primarily in engineering and sales. And in 2007, Google brought on more than 6,000 people.

Yahoo announced this morning that it would be giving pink slips to 1 percent of its employee base, which amounts to roughly 100 to 150 staff members.

I wonder what will happen to Yahoo 3 years from now. I do not want Yahoo Messenger to go away. I hope they can pick up their business on the right track soon. They have some good products that I do not want to be gone.

Is anyone having problems connecting to Google Friend Connect’s gadget? It seems that Google and Twitter accounts work fine but logging in using your Yahoo Id always brings up an error and it is darn annoying.

I have kept trying to log in this week but so far the same error message pops out.

I tried to search for solutions but nobody has mention of anything that can fix this. It looks to be a backend problem and Google has no news about it in any of the Webmaster related forums.

If anyone did manage to find a fix for this, please post a comment here so others would benefit.

Thank you.

As if things were not bad enough, 3 top Yahoo Inc. executives are leaving the slumping Internet company in an exodus that could put current CEO Carol Bartz on the hot seat as she approaches the end of her second year trying to engineer a turnaround.

The defecting executives are: Hilary Schneider, an executive vice president who oversaw Yahoo’s advertising in the U.S.; David Ko, a senior vice president in charge of mobile and audience; and Jimmy Pitaro, a vice president who ran the division that produced the heavily trafficked news, sports and finance sections of Yahoo’s website.

More pressure for Carol. It is not an easy job and I believe she knew what she was getting into before she accepted the job for CEO back then. She pointed out that it could take several years to revive Yahoo and pointed out that Apple Inc. didn’t become a Wall Street darling as soon as Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997.

True. So I wonder what Yahoo will create next to attract more users. That something new was the reason how Apple is enjoying its status today.

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