John Paczkowski

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Oh, Herb! You Did Remember!

An afternoon with the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee. What a miserable way to celebrate a special occasion.

Yet that’s exactly how Jerry Yang marked his one-year anniversary as CEO of Yahoo (YHOO). Yesterday Yang paid a visit to Capitol Hill in the hopes of tempering antitrust concerns over the Internet company’s proposed search-advertising pact with rival Google (GOOG).

During his one-day visit, Yang met with Sen. Herb Kohl (D., Wisc.), who chairs the antitrust subcommittee and has raised concerns about the long-term implications of Yahoo’s proposed deal with Google. Yahoo maintains its venture with Google won’t have an anticompetitive impact on the online-search market because it involves only a portion of Yahoo’s search business. But others (read: Microsoft [MSFT]) disagree and argue it’s the beginning of a process that will end with Yahoo outsourcing all of that business to Google and consolidating, oh say … 90% of the search-advertising market in the search sovereign’s hands.

“On the surface, it may be a compelling argument,” Rebecca Arbogast, an analyst at Stifel Nicolaus, said of Yahoo’s claim that the deal is benign. But she added: “Over time, what this is doing is setting up a trajectory where [advertisers] move over to Google and they become the only game in town.

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December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

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December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

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December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

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December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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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