Kara Swisher

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Canter the Happy Buddha

Ah, I knew Marc Canter would eventually take my joke about Tasering him into a stupor the right way!

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In his response last week to my response to his original post about how I did not want him to bellow out questions at a party in Silicon Valley recently, Canter (pictured here) seemed to like my smacking back.

Me too!

As Canter wrote:

I make unsubstantiated claims and accusations, ranting and raving (I don’t drink alcohol–this is actually how I am in real life) demanding attention like some spoiled brat–pouting over being yelled at, misunderstood or the worst–ignored.

“And some come back and defend themselves.

“Kara was the object of my wrath and she’s come back in eloquent, above-it-all style, deflecting the negative and turning the energy into a positive swing on her conference.”

As to him continuing to dwell on the subject of insider politics and not getting to the real story, I still disagree. While it is not enough, a lot of blogs and a lot of mainstream tech journalists are covering stories with a gimlet eye.

I am also trying in this column to call it as I see it. I think most would agree that the coverage of a company like Yahoo has been tough, for example, and is an attempt to find out what’s actually happening at the troubled Web giant.

In addition, while not every interview is a barnburner, we do try to get to the truth at our D conference and sometimes news actually occurs.

As Canter notes about some other conferences, we don’t pay anyone to be onstage and you can’t get there by being a sponsor, either (although some execs from companies who have sponsored D have been onstage, it is only because they are newsworthy and, in the case of many–such as former HP CEO Carly Fiorina–they often get pretty tough treatment).

Finally, Canter added a list of story ideas, some of which I like and some of which I am not so interested in.

I definitely love his notion of the “Chess Game of Social Networking” and about the critical need for open standards in the space.

And I could not agree more about the notion of Facebook as a “digital lifestyle aggregator,” a phrase coined by Canter, which he says means “Portals 2.0, but without the cookie-cutter attitude–based upon integration, aggregation and customization–using open standards to inter-connect.”

It is a critically important concept going forward, so thanks Marc for underscoring it.


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— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik