[photopress:yahoofight.jpg,full,alignright]Xi Wen, Yahoo’s China head has resigned for personal reasons after just one month in the position. This in a statement from the company.
Xi Wen was appointed general manager of Yahoo! China on October 17. Not a long reign. The statement said he will remain with the company as a consultant. Before joining Beijing-based Yahoo! China, Xie had served as head of Hexun.com, a Chinese-language financial news Website. Alibaba Vice President Zeng Ming will now serve as acting head of Yahoo! China.
There is not much you can add to that but plainly all is not well at Yahoo! China and we will hear more in the near future.
The name Yahoo!, according to its founders Jerry Yang and David Filo, came from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift where it was used to mean ‘rude, unsophisticated, uncouth.’ The illustration, above, is of a board meeting of Yahoos discussing policy and is by Luis Quintanilla. It appeared in the 1947 Crown edition.
Yahoo! is much better than the original name which was Jerry’s Guide to the World Wide Web. Incidentally, Yahoo! insists on an exclamation mark after its name which can be quite tedious and has no legal effect. Take the first four words of this article: Xi Wen, Yahoo’s China head. Where do you put the exclamation mark? Yahoo!’s China head or Yahoo’!s China head? It is not easy. One way around it is to ignore the exclamation mark altogether. Another is to poke fun!
Source: Shanghai Daily
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