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Some Yahoo Fourth-Quarter Financial Slides: Chart-astic!

Look, don’t just take BoomTown’s word for it–here are some of the slides Yahoo put out yesterday on its financial performance for the fourth quarter.

And who doesn’t love a good bar chart?

Using comparisons from a year ago, they show a lackluster picture of growth and momentum in general, but also that glimmer of the promise of what Yahoo (YHOO) could be again, just as new CEO Carol Bartz kept underscoring–actually, jack-hammering–at the analyst conference call about the earnings results.

Here are some of the Yahoo charts (click on them to make them larger), or go here to see them all:

Quarterly Revenue Trends (minus traffic acquisition costs, called TAC)

Adjusted Revenue Growth (GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles)

Operating Cash Flow Trends and Adjusted OPC

Free Cash Flow Trends

Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share Trends

Key Operational & Balance Sheet Metrics


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work