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    Mediatwits #19: Bartz, Arrington Fired; Swisher Swoons; Google Grabs Zagat

    by Mark Glaser
    September 9, 2011
    Even the fish have frowns at AOL these days

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    The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

    "You can't play these kinds of games at a public company. This is not acceptable to shareholders. Tim Armstrong is in a very difficult position." -Kara Swisher

    Welcome to the 19th episode of “The Mediatwits,” the weekly audio podcast from MediaShift. The co-hosts are MediaShift’s Mark Glaser and Rafat Ali, who is back from vacation in India. The news came fast and furious this week, with two Internet pioneers facing deep trouble. At Yahoo, CEO Carol Bartz was fired by telephone and told the media that Yahoo’s board were “doofuses” who had “f—-ed me over.” At AOL, CEO Tim Armstrong has had to step in and fire TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington, who started a VC fund that brought up terrible conflicts of interest, and then demanded he get his editorial independence or get to buy back TechCrunch.

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    Special guest Kara Swisher, co-executive editor of AllThingsD, has been covering both stories in excruciating detail, calling the Crunchfund a “pig pile” and listing various nominees to run Yahoo. She Skypes in to join the conversation from a Starbucks, where she is furiously updating both big stories. (We asked MG Siegler and Paul Carr from TechCrunch to join us on the podcast, but they declined.) Plus, Google got into the book publishing business by buying Zagat, whose restaurant reviews could help populate the search giant’s Places pages, and help it take on Yelp.

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    Intro and outro music by 3 Feet Up; mid-podcast music by Autumn Eyes via Mevio’s Music Alley.

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:

    Intro

    1:10: Rafat comes back from India trip, used his new camera

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    Kara Swisher

    4:30: Rundown of stories on the podcast

    Yahoo fires Bartz

    5:40: Special guest Kara Swisher of AllThingsD

    8:20: Would Jerry Yang buy back Yahoo? Could it go private?

    AOL, TechCrunch saga

    10:20: Yahoo, AOL having crises at the top

    12:20: Swisher: ‘You know Arrington loves lawsuits’

    14:20: Armstrong, Huffington at cross-purposes

    16:45: Swisher: ‘You can’t threaten a public company’s CEO and not expect to get fired’

    20:30: The ugly divorce between AOL and TechCrunch

    22:10: Does Tim Armstrong understand journalism?

    26:10: Swisher: ‘There must be crazy in the water here in Silicon Valley’

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    Google buys Zuh-GAT

    27:10: Why would Google get into original content?

    30:30: Google spreads its tentacles everywhere

    31:10: Google very serious about buying Hulu

    More Reading

    Post-Bartz, Yahoo faces familiar problems at Fortune

    The Highs And Lows Of Carol Bartz’s Time At The Top Of Yahoo at Business Insider

    With Carol Bartz Out, Is Yahoo a Takeover Target? at WSJ

    Tech Blogger to Invest in Start-Ups at NY Times

    Editorial Independence at TechCrunch

    CrunchFund? Unethical Ventures? Pig Pile Partners? No Matter What You Call It, It’s Business as Usual in Silicon Valley at AllThingsD

    Arrington out at AOL at Fortune

    Zagat’s Price: Under $66 Million at TechCrunch

    In a Twist, Google Reviews Zagat, and Decides to Bite at NY Times

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    The TechCrunch Saga Told Through Star Wars, a comic graphic by Marbin Javier

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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    The Mediatwits podcast is sponsored by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which offers an intensive, cutting edge, three semester Master of Arts in Journalism; a unique one semester Advanced Certificate in Entrepreneurial Journalism; and the CUNY J-Camp series of Continuing Professional Development workshops focused on emerging trends and skill sets in the industry.

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