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MicroHoo: BoomTown's Favorite Email Haiku Analysis

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BoomTown gets a lot of emails from Web players, big and small, commenting or, more typically, griping on whatever tech topic is hot that day.

And yesterday, after Microsoft (MSFT) abandoned its takeover bid for Yahoo (YHOO), it was like Christmas in July–our mailbox was packed.

But one stood out above all, from a person who shall remain nameless. This person has been around the block so much, he/she could be an Internet beat cop.

Like some Web 2.0 haiku combined with David Mamet-like dialogue, it encapsulates the situation going forward better than I ever could.

(By the way, for those needing a key: YHOO and Y is Yahoo; NWS is News Corp.; FIM is Fox Interactive Media, a division of News Corp.; GOOG is Google; MSFT is Microsoft; Jerry is Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang.)

Here’s the note:

Big drop in stock Monday (yhoo)
Simultaneous negotiations between y+nws, y+aol, y+goog
NWS+MSFT (nws trying to punt FIM to someone)
MSFT+Facebook

Then:
Y gets deal w/someone and msft comes back with an alternative.
That’s if Jerry survives the onslaught.”


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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