What does AOL topper Randy Falco think of Microsoft's hostile Yahoo takeover? He hopes it bloodies both parties and Google, too. "I hope they beat each other's brains out over search and leave the display market to us," Falco said at the IAB conference. He cited the wisdom of a role model: "I think it's a mistake. But I think Napoleon said never interrupt your enemy when they're in the middle of making a mistake." Falco hasn't been this nasty since he mocked laid-off AOL employees last Christmas. What gives?
Word has it that during an earlier presentation at the IAB conference, Microsoft ad exec Brian McAndrews left AOL off a list of competitors. Falco didn't take it well. He said, "Microsoft and Google can ignore us and leave us of charts if they want, but they do that at their peril."