Kara Swisher

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Dear Disgruntled Yahoos, Microsoft Is Hiring!

Microsoft took out a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News today, in an attempt to highlight its recruiting efforts in Silicon Valley.

Of course, BoomTown is not sure the crack engineers that Microsoft (MSFT) is seeking actually read newspapers.

But we like the software giant’s spunk at a little creative Google-smacking and Yahoo-employee-baiting.

With the headline: “Microsoft Has Search Jobs in the Valley,” the ad goes on to tout Microsoft’s commitment to search and online advertising in a come-on to join the company’s 2,000 other employees in Mountain View, Calif.

Also highlighted, Microsoft’s partnerships with Facebook (and also, inexplicably, Dow Jones, the owner of this site).

“We have a long way to go. It will be an exciting journey.”

As the search and online ad wars heat up now that Google (GOOG) has seemingly snatched Microsoft’s Yahoo (YHOO) prize, you can say that again.

Here’s the ad (click on it to make it larger):

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work