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From Staff and Wire Reports Published: June 19, 2012

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Two city companies rank high

Computerworld magazine ranked two Oklahoma City companies among its 2012 Best Places to Work in Information Technology. Chesapeake Energy Corp was rated No. 9 out of the 100 companies, the highest-ranked energy company. It's the third consecutive year Chesapeake has made the rankings. The magazine noted that Chesapeake's dynamic work environment offers high challenges and rewards for IT workers. American Fidelity Assurance Co. came in at No. 27, ranking sixth among small companies on the list. The magazine praised the firm's “promote from within” policy. It was the 10th straight year American Fidelity made the list.

Yahoo chooses revenue officer

Yahoo is turning to a former colleague of its interim CEO to oversee the company's efforts to sell more online advertising. Monday's announcement that Michael Barrett will be running Yahoo's advertising sales team, as chief revenue officer, comes five weeks after the Sunnyvale, Calif., company dumped Scott Thompson as its CEO amid a flap over misleading information on his biography. Thompson's replacement, interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, worked with Barrett while they were both top Internet executives at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. when that company owned MySpace, once the most popular online social network.

Facebook buys vendor

Facebook is bringing one of its long-term vendors, facial-recognition technology company, in-house. The Israeli company's technology helps people tag photos on the Web by figuring out who is in the pictures. announced the purchase on its blog on Monday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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