A former Google executive tells the New York Times that the number of women in Google's inner leadership circle is decreasing as women fall by the wayside or are passed over for promotion. The latest defection is 37 year old Marissa Mayer, the first female engineer who ran Google's search, its most profitable business. In 2010, Google insiders say she was assigned a new job largely seen as a demotion, paving the way for her move to Yahoo as its CEO earlier this year. Google now says it will use algorithms to identify women to bolster its leadership ranks.
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