Kara Swisher

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Jerry Yang Wins $8.25 Million! Oh, I Meant the Other Gambling Jerry Yang.

Many observers think that Jerry Yang needs to be a little bolder and has to really make big bets if he wants to turn Yahoo–which he co-founded–into a company with both momentum and excitement.


He could take a tip perhaps from the other Jerry Yang, a 39-year-old California psychologist with little poker experience, who won the World Series of Poker yesterday, taking in a kitty of $8.25 million in what is the largest annual tournament.

The Hmong immigrant from Laos, who has six children and whose profile is here, beat out almost 6,400 players in the no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em event.

“I study my opponents very carefully, and when I sensed something, when I sensed some weakness, I took a chance,” Yang told the Associated Press. “Even if I had nothing, I decided to raise, re-raise, push all-in or make a call.”

In fact, that’s not a bad strategy for Yahoo going forward.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik