mercredi 16 décembre 2009

Translation of the JDN article

Friday 13th November

Yahoo announced the closure of its R & D located in Grenoble. This reorganization is accompanied by the elimination of 78 positions.

Barely a year and a half is the time Yahoo found a use for its new research and development center located near Grenoble (Isère). The group confirmed its intention to close the site, resulting in the elimination of 78 positions

In return, some sixty engineering positions will be created in the United States and Western Europe, where fifty should be offered primarily to engineers covered by the PSE (the legal name for the reorganisation project), indicates the direction of Yahoo France. The group has 13 500 employees worldwide including 212 in France.

Opened in August 2008 next to the formerprice comparison website, Kelkoo, the Grenoble site was intended to become the only European R & D centre dedicated to search engine technology. This site was inaugurated in September 2008 with great fanfare by the French Minister of Economy Christine Lagarde.

"France is indeed a land of innovation and the decision of Yahoo! to install and develop teams of research and development here proves it" had at the time welcomed the french minister.

But Yahoo has eventually preferred to "consolidate its platforms engineering now isolated in four world centers": its headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, with European headquarters based in London and those in Taiwan and Bangalore (India ). In January, Yahoo had already separated by about one fifth of its French workforce, or about fifty employees.

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