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Shpigler the Shark's Tips for Yahoo Still Work!

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Is it just me or does this funniest of all Yahoo-Microsoft takeover videos by Shpigler the Shark still make a lot of sense, even as billionaire investor Carl Icahn circles Yahoo (YHOO) like–let’s just say it, shall we?–one of those creepy vultures from “The Lion King”?

Watch out, Simba! Oops, I mean Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang!

My favorite piece of Shpigler advice for Yang: “You are strong. You are beautiful. You are handsome… love yourself.”

And, of course, the classic brush-off for Yang to tell Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer: “Take $44 billion and buy a country. Go buy Liberia. See if you can monetize Liberia.”

Just replace the name of Ballmer with Icahn and you are good to go, Jerry!


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald