Tuesday's intriguing people
December 14th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Masayoshi Son

The richest man in Japan is also quite possibly the most powerful man when it comes to the future of Yahoo. You've probably never heard of him, which is why he's even more of a game changer.

He started a joint operation with Yahoo to form Yahoo Japan. And now as the CEO and president of SoftBank, Son is also a majority shareholder in Yahoo's key assets in Asia: Yahoo Japan and Alibaba, one of the biggest Web companies in China.  Those assets "along with Yahoo’s cash, represent more than half of Yahoo’s $22 billion value," according to the New York Times. Oh yeah, he also helped bring the iPhone to Japan.

The Times conducted a lengthy interview with Son talking about the future of Yahoo - recently under scrutiny. Any scenario - merging with AOL, splitting, going private - hinges on Son.

“If I were Yahoo’s U.S. CEO, I would have my own view and own approach. But my approach is always riskier. I always take bold moves. So it can have great return, but with great risk,” Son told the New York Times. “I would be more aggressive to acquire companies or start a new business.”

Not that he's ready to talk about plans for Yahoo yet.

“I shouldn’t make a comment on that,” he told the Times. “It’s too delicate a question. Too sensitive right now.”

Alexandre Oudin

Talk about making a name for yourself.

When it comes to Facebook, giant names Mark Zuckerberg come to mind. But often it is the unsung heroes - the developers, the artists and even hackers - that come up with the most creative uses for the site.

Artist Alexandre Oudin has made quite a splash by simply playing around with Facebook's new layout. Let's just say, you have to see it to get it.

"I wouldn’t be surprised if his unique way of using notably the 5 images now displayed on the top of a profile page becomes a hit with other users, or sets off a wave of other innovative profile picture displays," TechCrunch wrote.

And apparently, the masses already have caught on. TechCrunch France was already featuring some designs inspired by Oudin's work. And there are several tutorials on YouTube now to create a similar look.

Bryon Marshall

The scuba diver isn't a stranger to water rescues.

For the second time in two years, Marshall, who says he's done nothing special, helped save someone from drowning.

This time, Marshall helped save a  fisherman from a capsized boat in Port Phillip Bay in Victoria, Australia. One man was killed and 11 others were rescued from the scene.

When he saw no emergency help on site, Marshall dove in and found a man who according to local media reports was trapped in an air pocket underneath the overturned boat. Marshall helped steer the man out of the way, and then was able to pull him to the surface.

"He got hit by couple of waves as he came out and then we just saw each other and grabbed hold of each other and pulled him on out," he said. "I think I just did what I'd been trained to do."

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Darrell

    Yahoo USA is laying several hundred people right before Christmas. If EVER there was a SELL Signal that's a BIG one.

    December 14, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Bleaux

      Absolutely. Yahoo is a has-been company that's heading downhill fast.

      December 14, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • This Just In!

      If yahoo doesn't go under, I'm willing to bet those several hundred jobs will be filled by someone overseas.

      December 14, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chairmanbuzz

      Yahoo is a has-been company, exactly like MySpace. It may hold value, but who would want to buy it or continue to own stock in it – or on the consumer side, use it...

      December 14, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • GoodWillTowardMen

      Duh ya think it might be possible dat dose jobs might already been filled oversees?

      December 14, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Facebook Search Engine !!!!! ... http://x.co/L84R

      "Yahoo’s $22 billion value"
      I doubt that, today, the Yahoo value is so high ... x.co/EGXP

      December 15, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. Homer Simpson


    December 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Wes

    Yahoo has a major surprise move set for early 2011.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt M

    It's kind of cute how yahoo exists solely because of old people who refuse to try google. It's paramount to selling carriages to people who have never heard of cars.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed delbert

    So long yahoo, the internet looser

    December 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. PS

    I googled this article

    December 14, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yoyomadder

    Yahoo is a booooorrring company. They just recently had the most web traffic in the US, but lost it to Google. Cutting the company into profitability is just a short term ploy for Wall Street – they need a dynamic, techie CEO to innovate and lead them in a progressive direction. Maybe this guy can do it, because Bartz can't.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Yahoo has been on the decline for years. They should have sold out to Bill Gates when they had the chance. They need to make better plans for short as well as long term objectives. Their marketing dept. needs to obtain a greater market share because Google is way ahead at this point in time. Reality: easier said then done.

    December 14, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fred Bartkowski

    Can't think of any other mounts.

    December 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Otto

    I am not at all surprised that Yahoo is going under or is already under. Case in point, I noticed these past several months that I am receiving a ton load of spam (sent to me by me) at my Yahoo small business address. I know and understand that this happens all the time but I my job, I can stop every spam of this and all other nature.
    I called Yahoo Tech support and reported the problem and was told I can't block spam sent to me by someone bouncing a spam as if it was me. I ran traces and found the emails were sent from CL addresses, yet; they have no feature were I can set blocks on emails coming from specific domains or IP addresses.
    I am amazed that their hosting is still so backward and no one is interested in fixing their stale and outdated system. I am not worried nor I am feeling sorry for the Yahoo time wasters.

    December 14, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jean d'arc

    Yahoo does little to protect it's search advertisers from fraud. Eventually all ponzi schemes will end.

    December 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |