Kara Swisher

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The Entire D6 Interview With IAC's Barry Diller (1 of 3)

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 in this column.

Here’s an interview I did with Barry Diller, the always clever chairman and CEO of IAC, the Internet conglomerate whose holdings include Ask.com, Match.com and many others.

The video of the interview is in three parts, all of which I will post this week.

After a bruising court battle with shareholder and cable mogul John Malone of Liberty Media (LINTA) over the last year, Diller finally broke apart IAC (IACI) just six weeks ago. His reason: The company had become too complex and its stock had suffered due to the operating confusion.

In this first part, Diller talks about the details of his court fight with Malone, why he wanted to break up IAC and what it is going to become all carved up, how he is getting back to content creation and also trying out other new online products and how Hollywood is “so inbred, it’s a wonder that the children have any teeth.”

Like I said, always clever.


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