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September 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Yahoo! CEO fired via phone! Microsoft vet on deck?

Yahoo Chief Executive Carol Bartz was fired today, a story broken by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD.

Bartz – and Yahoo itself – were on loose footing so it’s not a huge surprise.

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But the juiciest bit is the way Bartz was fired – via a phone call from Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock.

That’s according to a farewell note that Bartz sent employees from her iPad. It quickly appeared on TechCrunch and Swisher’s blog. It said:

“I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward.”

Maybe Bostock wanted to be able to hang up quickly if Bartz let fly with her trademark profanity.

Swisher’s report said Yahoo’s CFO Tim Morse has been named interim chief executive.

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I’d heard that a likely successor for Bartz is Blake Irving, the former Windows Live platform boss who is now Yahoo’s executive vice president and chief product officer. That’s Irving at left.

Swisher’s piece questions whether something bigger is happening at Yahoo, like a breakup or strategic partnership, which could leave the executive position in limbo for awhile.

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