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49ers Scour Tech World for Top Free Agents

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The San Francisco 49ers have a long tradition of borrowing ideas from Silicon Valley. Their legendary former coach, Bill Walsh, famously modeled his meeting techniques after those used by technology CEOs. But in the last few months, the 49ers have developed a more aggressive approach to tapping into the tech industry's best minds: They've started hiring them.

Led by team president and co-owner Gideon Yu—a former Facebook, FB +1.29% YouTube...

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