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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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