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Yahoo 3Q Earnings Slides: The Good, the Bad and the Revenue Ugly

BoomTown will begin livebombing, oops, liveblogging the Yahoo third-quarter conference call with Yahoo execs and Wall Street analysts in five minutes.

Until then, please peruse the slides the Silicon Valley Internet giant has provided.

Here is a primer to the just-released results:

Net income: Slightly above investor expectations with operating margins improving nicely to 12 percent from six percent a year ago. CEO Carol Bartz sure can cut costs.

Revenue: Uh oh. Down from downer expectations to $1.12 billion, which is minus traffic acquisition costs. Bartz sure needs to juice the advertising sales team.

Page-view growth: Also down four percent. Time to prod the editorial and products team.

Employees: Up seven percent to 14,100.

Owned and Operated Search Revenue: Down seven percent.

O&O Display Revenue: Up 17 percent.

Big plus: Yahoo’s Japan and China assets ad up to $10 billion in value!

Well, you can crunch away on numbers as well as I can:


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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