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[News] New York Times Accused of Shilling for Microsoft by Omission

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Why is the NY Times so Dumb About Linux and Windows?

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| The New York Times seems hard-wired to rarely identify any Windows malware as 
| Windows malware, but rather as "computer malware." They seem to share this 
| illness with other people too, such as researchers and professors. Can it be 
| that all these educated people who make their livings knowing things and 
| uncovering new knowledge really don't know that there are other computer 
| operating systems besides Microsoft Windows?     
| Their latest failure at making this distinction is China Orders Patches to 
| Planned Web Filter, and they also missed the real story: since this censoring 
| software is required to be installed on all computers sold in China, does 
| that mean that Mac, Linux, and Unix computers are banned? Because it's a 
| Windows program.     



NY Times 'Corrects' False Article About Pirate Bay Appeal... Still Gets It

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| On Monday, however, some of our readers noted that the NY Times had "updated"
| or "corrected" its story. However, the really amazing thing? Even after
| realizing that it got the story wrong, it still hasn't gotten the story
| right. Instead, they changed the first sentence from: "A Swedish court has
| denied the appeal of four men convicted of violating copyright law.... "
| into "A Swedish court has said that the judge who presided over the case of
| four men convicted of violating copyright law for their involvement in the
| Pirate Bay, an Internet file-sharing service, was not biased against them."



Inadvertently Proving the Opposite by Knocking Down a Strawman [at NYT]

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| I’m not sure who told Mr. Gomes that Ubuntu, for example, has never needed a
| security update. (If anyone actually did, I respectfully suggest that Mr.
| Gomes reconsider his use of that source.)  


Microsoft Delivers Major Piece of Nothing; NYT Does It Up Front Page

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| Please. This story is more appropriate for placement in the Times’ Bits blog,
| if its to be presented anywhere in the folds of the publication. Markoff’s
| efforts in reporting the latest news in the tech industry would’ve been
| better spent on another item.


Windows Live Installer Thingy Coming This Week

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| The NYT calls this a Netscape-level event, meaning it may be as significant
| as when Microsoft released the first version of Internet Explorer in 1995 and
| eventually brought Netscape to its knees. “The empire is preparing to strike
| back — again” writes John Markoff.
| That seems like a bit of a stretch to me. The important new web services are
| all browser based, and Microsoft has no competitive advantage over offerings
| from Google, Yahoo, AOL and thousands of new web startups all trying to move
| users from away from the desktop.


NY Times bans Microsoft analysts from Microsoft stories

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| The New York Times continues to perplex with its analyst- quoting
| policy. Rather than having analysts declare their ties to clients,
| the paper would prefer to quote analysts that have no experience
| with a client - a protocol which seems to undermine the very point
| of citing analysts.
| The Register this week started pushing the Times to explain its
| quoting stance after noticing that Rob Enderle - the most quoted
| technology analyst on the planet - had been blocked from commenting
| on companies with which he has a financial relationship. The ban
| against Enderle appeared odd, given that Times reporters continue
| to cite analysts from larger firms who also have financial
| relationships with the companies discussed.
| [...]
| Just days after banning Enderle from discussing Microsoft because
| he has Microsoft as a client, the Times quoted Gartner analyst
| Michael Silver and AMR Research analyst Jim Murphy in a story
| about Microsoft's Windows and Office software.
| If the paper would prefer not to quote an analyst who has
| experience with a client, it did a poor job. Silver is Gartner's
| vice president in charge of client computing. Microsoft happens to
| do lots of business with Gartner and also happens to have a
| client-software monopoly. We're guessing that Silver knows
| Microsoft's products well and has direct involvement with the
| company.
| And, sure enough, he appears a number of times on Microsoft's
| own site and thousands of times in stories about Microsoft.
| Jim Murphy - wait for it - covers Microsoft too and is even more
| prolific than Silver.
| [...]
| Part of the problem stems from the reticence of companies such as
| IDC and Gartner to reveal their clients. That should make everyone
| nervous, but it doesn't. So called objective technology publications
| keep publishing material bought by vendors without telling you this.
| They're also too lazy or scared to ignore the likes of Gartner and
| IDC until the firms change their disclosure rules.
| As it turns out, there's a cottage industry devoted to Rob
| Enderle, where Linux zealots fire off this form letter to editors
| whenever Enderle appears talking about Microsoft. Perhaps the Linux
| crowd could put its fabled collective mind toward creating letters
| for all the major analysts. Lord knows, the Times could use
| some help.

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