The World According to Barry

Barry Diller isn’t one to dodge questions. The IAC CEO took an early opportunity during an onstage interview at South by Southwest Interactive to give a blunt assessment of the high profile effort of Tina Brown to create a digital publishing powerhouse with the Daily Beast. Its combination with Newsweek, Diller said in an interview here, has “six to eight months” to prove itself. At this point, the Daily Beast backer said, “I don’t know if this experiment to fuse these things together will work.” Diller held forth candidly on a variety of other topics.

Diller also revealed that he’s been crash prone both times he rode Segways, including a tour of Austin. One other tidbit: his wife, the designer Diane von Furstenberg, is an avid Angry Birds player, reaching level four on the game. “Things are changing fast,” Diller noted.

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