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We know that Marissa Mayer understands what it's like to work for an ad-supported business; she helped build possibly the best ad machine the world has ever seen. This isn’t Scott Thompson, who seemed unfamiliar with how banners work, or Carol Bartz, who apparently thought that ad sales executives were optional. Even though Mayer’s a product/Alley/tech person at heart, she’s at least not unfamiliar with the concept of a media business.
That’s why Mayer’s early comments have me somewhat worried.