» Why the jury favored Apple: Jury foreman Velvin Hogan, in an interview with the BBC, says that the evidence strongly showed that Samsung was infringing on Apple’s patents. “When we went into deliberation in the jury room we not only had all the physical evidence of everything that was presented,” he said, “but we also had sealed source code in its entirety from both sides, we actually had the memos that were talked about in the trial … and there was a piece of evidence after a piece of evidence that just clearly stacked up.”
Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily—whether it’s a song previewed on NPR’s music website, a TV show on Hulu or new music streamed from Spotify.Google Senior VP of Engineering Amit Singhal • Regarding changes to Google’s search algorithm that will favor sites that post legitimate content that hasn’t received copyright removal notices. Despite this change, Singhal claims that the company will keep those sites in the engine, though they may rank lower. “So while this new signal will influence the ranking of some search results, we won’t be removing any pages from search results unless we receive a valid copyright removal notice from the rights owner,” he says. “And we’ll continue to provide “counter-notice” tools so that those who believe their content has been wrongly removed can get it reinstated.” (thanks Andrew Hart)
» But before you move to Kansas City … It’s worth noting that there are a few notable holdouts on the cable front — for example, there isn’t any AMC, CNN, the Disney Channel, HBO or ESPN, so “Game of Thrones” is off the table in the Google household. But on the other hand, if you download an episode of said show on The Pirate Bay at gigabit speeds, it’d take you less than five seconds. Seems like some major companies didn’t think this through …
» Costly management changes: In roughly a year, Yahoo has had to make multiple transitions at the top — and each time, it has cost the company millions. When Carol Bartz left Yahoo, she received a $10 million severance package. When Scott Thompson was forced out, he didn’t get a severance, but he got to keep a $7 million financial package he received after he left Paypal. Not bad for less than six months of work.
As for maternity leave, Mayer, who recently joined the board of Walmart (WMT), expects it to be speedy. “I like to stay in the rhythm of things,” she says, referring to the CEO job that she is starting tomorrow. “My maternity leave will be a few weeks long and I’ll work throughout it.New Yahoo CEO Mayer is pregnant - Postcards (via thecallus)