Kara Swisher

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Liveblogging From Yahoo Annual Meeting: Empty Chairs and No Power

Eight minutes to go and BoomTown has a copious choice of seating here at the San Jose Fairmont Imperial Ballroom, as you can see from this picture.

But there was no electricity for the computers of the press!

The purple T-shirt squad from Yahoo (YHOO) had lovingly set up power strips for the reporters gathered in the cheap seats in the back. But the power was off. Then it came back on, went out and came back again. For now.

Is Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang power-playing with the press as he did shareholder activist Carl Icahn?

As in taking it away?

Well played, Jerry, well played!


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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