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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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