Kara Swisher

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Vote on New Brangelina-Style Name for Tumblr and Yahoo: Yahumblr … TumHoo … Ham.Yum! … Swishr?

Yahoo_Tumblr_flatBecause we know how much Yahoo’s top execs value our input, the crack AllThingsD team spent at least seven or eight minutes yesterday coming up with some new names for the marriage of Yahoo and Tumblr.

As you must know by now, the staid Silicon Valley Internet giant scooped up the sassy New York blogging site for $1.1 billion this week, with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer continuing in her busy quest to inject some don’t-look-at-the-growth-numbers, jazz-hands excitement into the moribund company’s DNA.

Which is where ATD steps in by suggesting some new monikers for the latest effort — kind of like giving the deal a little Brangelina nicknaming glamor.

And, by the way, if this purchase ends badly — as many other Yahoo acquisitions have, such as that of photo-sharing site Flickr — perhaps the best name might be: Fumblr. (Thanks, Arnie Gullov-Singh!)

Until then, take the poll below and enjoy:

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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