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The Broadsheet: April 17

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Marissa Mayer finally gets what she’s been searching for, SJP is headed back to the small screen, and Carly Fiorina makes a case for why she’s the woman to take on Hillary. Enjoy your Friday.

EVERYONE’S TALKING

• The search pays off. Yahoo and Microsoft have amended their 10-year search partnership, allowing Yahoo to deliver its own results and ads for up to half the searches done on Yahoo sites and apps. This is a big deal for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. She’s wanted to build a new search experience for years, but was stuck with a deal requiring that the company use Microsoft’s Bing.  NY Times

ALSO IN THE HEADLINES

• Calling her bluff. Hillary Clinton has been stirring up campaign crowds with promises to crack down on the low tax rates paid by hedge fund managers. So, should Wall Street be quaking? No way, says Fortune‘s Dan Primack, who lays out the three reasons Clinton will never go through with it. Fortune

• Making her case. Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina yesterday said that her likely presence in the presidential race would curtail Hillary Clinton’s ability to “talk about a war on women without being challenged.” NY Times

E.U. avenger. European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has already brought antitrust charges against Google. Now she’s investigating Android to determine whether it funnels Europeans to Google products by bundling its own apps onto smartphones. What’s more, a Brussels antitrust lawyer tells Fortune that it looks like Vestager is just getting started. Fortune

• Loretta’s linchpin. Things may be looking up for U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, whose confirmation vote has been delayed until the Senate finishes fighting over anti-trafficking legislation. Lynch, 55, has been waiting nearly 23 weeks. She has support from 51 senators, including all 46 Democrats and five Republicans. That would be enough to win confirmation.  Bloomberg

• Talking Big Blue. Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, talked to Charlie Rose about the company’s African research lab, her decision to divest $7 billion-worth of businesses, and how Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, will transform healthcare. Interestingly, she refers to Watson as a “he.” YouTube

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Cisco’s Blair Christie is taking a leave of absence. Karen Walker, an SVP of marketing at the tech giant, will temporarily lead global marketing, corporate communications, and government and community relations. She’ll also be interim CMO and join Cisco’s operating committee.

BROADVIEW

How did women fare in the TIME 100?

For anyone interested in powerful women, the unveiling of the TIME 100 is an exciting day. The 2015 list of the world’s most influential people hit Thursday morning and includes 40 women–a good showing, although one less than last year’s record-level female representation.

Among the women on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women or Greatest Leaders lists who made this year’s TIME 100: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, ICIC Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, and pop star Taylor Swift.

The TIME 100 isn’t technically a ranking, although the choice of cover subjects certainly gives an indication of who the editors at Fortune‘s sister publication believe really rate. This year’s selections include two women: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and dancer Misty Copeland, alongside musician Kanye West, television anchor Jorge Ramos and actor Bradley Cooper.

Last year, Beyonce graced the main TIME 100 cover, while GM CEO Mary Barra was one of three luminaries on inside covers. Barra ranks No.2 on Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women list, prompting me to scrutinize how TIME’s 2015 picks compare with the female leaders we single out at Fortune.

Well, Barra did not make this year’s TIME 100. That’s not terribly surprising. The GM boss has spent the past year embroiled in all those lawsuits related to faulty ignition switches—the unending nightmare for her, GM’s employees and its shareholders. Besides, the TIME 100 stars rarely repeat—though this year, President Obama is on the list for the 10th time. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, is making her eighth appearance on the list.

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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

• Calling all Sex and City devotees! Sarah Jessica Parker is set to star in a new HBO comedy called Divorce. Thomas Haden Church will play Parker’s ex-to-be, and the delightful Molly Shannon has been cast as her friend.   Vanity Fair

• Lagarde lays down the law. IMF chief Christine Lagarde is not cool with missed payments. She’s publicly warning Greece against skipping a debt payment—shutting down one avenue for the Greek government to find financial leeway. Bloomberg

• Talking tests. Elizabeth Holmes, whose blood diagnostics startup Theranos has made her America’s youngest self-made female billionaire, went on CBS This Morning to talk about dropping out of Stanford at 19, not owning a TV, and expanding her low-costs services into Walgreens wellness centers. CBS This Morning

Don’t Uber to her office. Boston lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan specializes in going after employers for allegedly short-changing their employees. She’s already won settlements from Starbucks and FedEx. Next up? Startups from the “on-demand economy,” including Uber, Lyft, and Homejoy. Fusion

• Secretary of SoireesDeesha Dyer, 37, is the new White House social secretary. Dyer has had a fascinating career path: She started out as a hip-hop journalist and community advocate, returned to school at age 29, then, after graduating, was hired at the White House as an intern. Send me an invite, Deesha! Refinery29

• Pinpointing prejudice. New research finds that Muslim women in the UK are 70% less likely to be successful looking for work than are white Christian women. While previous studies have attributed this gap to Muslim women’s levels of English skills, the researchers controlled for language and qualifications. Their take? It’s about discrimination.   Phys.org

• Correction: I misspelled Reese Witherspoon’s name in yesterday’s newsletter. So sorry, Reese!

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ON MY RADAR

Four ways to persuade people to join your startup  Fortune

Here are 11 influential women you should know  Time

To my brave sisters: Malala speaks to missing Nigerian girls  NPR

Chelsea Clinton gets ready to take the stage  Time

QUOTE

The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.

supermodel Gisele Bundchen, who retired from the runway this week