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The Entire D6 Interview With Yahoo's Jerry Yang and Sue Decker (1 of 4)

We’re posting all the interviews from the sixth D: All Things Digital conference that took place in late May.

Unfortunately, due to issues too complicated to go into, we have to post all the D6 interviews in several 15-minute parts (I know, I know).

But–as many readers have requested–they will all be available in their entirety over the next weeks in this column.

Here’s Part 1 of 4 of our discussion with Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and President Sue Decker that Walt Mossberg did (with a surprise appearance by me).

(I will be posting one video part of the Yang/Decker interview every day this week through Thursday.)

With Yahoo’s (YHOO) truly roiling proxy fight now on with activist investor Carl Icahn, take a gander at Yang and Decker as they tried to defend themselves, not always as well as they needed to.

In this video, they discussed the state of the Microsoft (MSFT) takeover battle and where it was going at the time, as well as its Google (GOOG) online ad outsourcing deal.


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It’s one of the dirty secrets of economics: technology progress does grow the economy and create wealth, but there is no economic law that says everyone will benefit.

— Erik Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, who theorizes that advances in computer technology, like advanced robotics, are behind the post-2000 employment slowdown, and that technology is destroying jobs faster than it can create them