1. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer reportedly sent an email to remote staff members telling them to start working from the office – or quit. The email came via Yahoo human resources boss Jackie Reses and it read: “Being a Yahoo isn’t just about your day-to-day job, it is about the interactions and experiences that are only possible in our offices.” According to reports, employees who are unhappy about the new rule will be encouraged to leave.
2. Prime Minister Julia Gillard has lost ground against Opposition Leader Tony Abbott in Australia’s leading opinion poll Newspoll. Labor now trails the Coalition 55-45 on a two party prefered basis and Julia GIllard is no longer the preferred Prime Minister.
3. At the Academy Awards yesterday, the Ben Affleck directed movie Argo won best picture. Lincoln’s Daniel Day Lewis won best actor and Jennifer Lawrence won best actress for her role in Silver Linings Playbook. Christoph Waltz picked up best supporting actor for Django Unchained and Anne Hathaway won best supporting actress for her role in Les Miserables.
4. A woman in NSW has given birth to a baby boy in the midst of the floods that are ravaging parts of the state. Flood waters were blocking access to the Rachael Smith‘s property and she gave birth – with the help of her husband and two neighbours – before rescue crews could reach her. They were eventually rescued by helicopter and according to the paramedic on board, both mum and baby are doing well.
5. In an interview with The Australian Women’s Weekly, Ellen DeGeneres said she plans to meet with The Australian Prime Minister next month to talk about gay marriage. The AWW Editor Helen McCabe said: “Ellen is asked by (reporter) Caroline Overington if she had a question for the PM and replies; ‘I would just tell her that I married the absolute love of my life. And I wish that everyone could have the same opportunity’.”