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Booting Up: Aol Finally Gives Up On Patch

Out. (Photo: Yahoo)

Yahoo COO Henrique De Castro, who was called a “dead man walking” by coworkers, was finally fired yesterday. He was Marissa Mayer’s first major hire shortly after she was installed as CEO more than a year ago. [BI]

Aol is handing over control of Patch to Hale Global, essentially ridding itself of the flailing network of hyperlocal blogs. [Recode]

In what is seen as a preemptive move against Beats Music, Spotify has eliminated listening time limits it had enforced on its website for free users. [TechCrunch]

Skype carried an estimated 214 billion minutes of international calls between users in 2013–that’s up 36 percent since the year prior. [WSJ]

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Booting Up: Foursquare Wants to Recommend Some Coffee Shops

We're hungry. (Photo: Screencap)

Foxconn has confirmed that underage “interns” as young as 14 worked for brief periods at its Chinese factories. Bring this up the next time an underemployed millennial theater major carps about, oh, anything. [Bloomberg News]

Marissa Mayer has poached another Googler: Henrique de Castro will be Yahoo’s COO. But it’s costing the underdog a pretty penny to get him: All told, he’ll get something like $60 million (part of it in stock). [Wall Street Journal]

Badges? What badges? Foursquare, in its pursuit of being a player in the search and recommendations business, has redesigned its desktop home page so that anyone, not merely registered users, can use the service like they would Yelp. [GigaOm]

Meet your new favorite Tumblr, Fairy Tales for Twentysomethings: “the emperor bought a new fedora but all his friends thought he looked really stupid in it.” It’s like Once Upon a Time, except not one long commercial for the Disney Vault. [Tumblr]