Kara Swisher

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Queen Sarah and Duchess BoomTown Talk Yahoo Layoffs on KQED Radio

Earlier today, TechCrunch Senior Editor Sarah Lacy and I went on Michael Krasny’s Forum show on San Francisco’s KQED public radio station to talk about the Yahoo layoffs earlier this week.

Despite the depressing topic, it was a lively session, which covered a range of issues about the Silicon Valley Internet giant, from its weak morale to the rocky performance of CEO Carol Bartz to the please-fire-yourselves-now board of directors.

During the talk, Lacy declared herself queen, so I dubbed myself a duchess. Thus, we are blog site royalty, which I compared to being the rulers of Latvia.

Sorry, Latvia!

Here’s the show for your listening pleasure (or displeasure, if you are on the how-can-we-miss-you-if-you-won’t-go-away Yahoo board):

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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