Peter Kafka

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Jim Wiatt, AOL's Hollywood Connection, Leaves Board, Becomes "Strategic Director"

Odd one: AOL (AOL) board member Jim Wiatt is stepping down from that role, but will get a new one as a “strategic advisor,” the company announced. AOL says Wiatt, the former head of the William Morris agency, will report directly to CEO Tim Armstrong, “helping to expand AOL’s development of content, partnerships and relationships across the entertainment and media world.” If this sounds familiar, it should: Google’s (GOOG) Eric Schmidt was discussing a similar role for Wiatt in 2009.


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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