This week, 37-year-old Marissa Mayer became CEO of Yahoo, an internet provider with many problems, although an audience isn't one of them -- the company claims more than half a billion people currently access its products a month, and Mayer told the New York Times she considers it "one of the best brands on the internet."
Google's first female engineer, Marissa Mayer, has made a career out of bucking expectations -- and she did so once again on Monday by announcing she will leave Google to be the new CEO of Yahoo, the struggling company that once was Google's main competitor.
Google famously gives its engineers "20% time," allowing them one day a week to work on side projects that interest them. That arrangement launched one of the most critical online tools in the Japanese relief effort: Google's Person Finder, which allows people to search for and post information about missing loved ones.
The most notable women in technology probably don't spend all day thinking about hairstyles and dinner parties. But according to a bright pink infographic making its way around the web, you can tell a lot about some of the world's most tech-savvy women based on their hairdos and extracurriculars.
Google Inc. will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that's likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the Internet search leader.
What does Google have to do with failure? Leading a panel called Understanding the Internet's Future at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in early October, Arianna Huffington flogged her new book, On Becoming Fearless, and tossed out an intriguing fact about Google's culture of fearlessness: "Whatever products Google is developing, they are incorporating a 60 to 70 percent failure rate," the Huffington Post founder/editor noted to Google VP Marissa Mayer, who shared the stage with Morgan Stanley Internet analyst Mary Meeker and Motorola chief technology officer Padmasree Warrior.