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List of Best Longform Stories & Articles (Business & Technology) - 2014: It was July 21, 2014, almost exactly two years to the day since Mayer took over, arriving at headquarters to an unfurled purple carpet and Shepard Fairey-style “HOPE” posters bearing her face. During those 24 months, Mayer eliminated dozens of products and rebooted others. She acquired 41 start-ups and even hired Katie Couric. But just one week earlier, Mayer announced the company’s lowest quarterly earnings in a decade.

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On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo’s interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.

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On an overcast Friday afternoon last August, a hundred or so employees of AOL's local news subsidiary, Patch, crammed into a cafeteria at the company's headquarters in Manhattan. Another several hundred connected to the room via conference call.

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Jack Abraham has always been prone to manic bursts of risk-taking and productivity.Without them he would never have landed at eBay in the first place, much less ended up a multi-millionaire at 24.

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One day in July 2001, Larry Page decided to fire Google’s project managers. All of them.It was just five years since Page, then a 22-year-old graduate student at Stanford, was struck in the middle of the night with a vision.

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On May 23 of this year, things were finally coming together for Rap Genius. Launched in 2009 by three Yale alums — Mahbod Moghadam, Tom Lehman, and Ilan Zechory — and refined during a stint with the well-known startup incubator Y Combinator, the company was completing the details of a massive $40 million funding round by one of the top investors in tech, a piece of news they had agreed to announce as part of a profile on Business Insider

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On an overcast Friday afternoon last August, a hundred or so employees of AOL's local news subsidiary, Patch, crammed into a cafeteria at the company's headquarters in Manhattan. Another several hundred connected to the room via conference call.

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On an overcast Friday afternoon last August, a hundred or so employees of AOL's local news subsidiary, Patch, crammed into a cafeteria at the company's headquarters in Manhattan. Another several hundred connected to the room via conference call.

They were waiting to hear CEO Tim Armstrong deliver bad news.

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Jack Abraham’s taxi came to a stop. It was Saturday night, Feb. 17, 2012 — around 7:30 p.m. Outside the cab, it was dark and in the low 40s. Abraham had arrived at San Francisco Airport. He had just barely enough time to make his flight. Still, he hesitated, momentarily glued to the seat as the momentousness of what he was about to do fully dawned on him.

“Are you crazy?” he asked himself, out loud.

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On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo’s interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.

He had just one more meeting to go. 

That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo’s Sunnyvale, Calif., headquarters. The room was big, with a large horseshoe table and video screens on the walls.

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