Peter Kafka

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Yahoo Buying Tumblr? “Categorically Untrue.”

Dear Owen Thomas,

You owe me. I had to get off my sickbed today to call David Karp, the CEO of Tumblr, and ask him if he really was in talks to sell his company to Yahoo (YHOO), as you reported today on Gawker/Valleywag. For the record, David says your report is “categorically untrue.”

I’d spend more time discussing it, but, as I said, I’m feeling under the weather. And your story is not true. So here’s what Karp has to say via his Tumblr account.

And here’s what Marco Arment, who helped start Tumblr with Karp a couple of years ago, says:


And here’s what venture capitalist Bijan Sabet, whose Spark Capital helped raise a $4.5 million round for Tumblr last year, says via his Twitter account:

Now I’m going to return to my convalescing. Please give me a break for another day or so.

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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