Marissa Mayer new position at Google

The tech industry always waits for the next big thing – web 2.0, social web, semantic web, you name it – visionaries are always talking. But does Mayers recent move from Google VP of search product and user experience to a new position overseeing mobile and local services provide a significant strategic shift?

She had also been promoted to the search giant’s operating committee, the most senior management committee within Google. To replace Marissa steps in Udi Manber — a former Yahoo employee who joined Google in 2006. It will be interesting to see if Udi takes Google in a different direction to keep up with Bing’s impressive user experience work.

The company pulls one of its star players in preparation for the mobile/local space, which faces much more competition. Does that mean that Google looks for the next big thing – location?

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