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CNet's Dan Farber Speaks!

In a new BoomTown occasional feature that I am calling “Meet the Geeky Press,” here’s a video interview I did with Dan Farber, who was just appointed new editor-in-chief of CNet’s News.com, while I was at the Graphing Social Patterns West conference in San Diego earlier this week.

Farber, a longtime tech reporter and columnist, as well as a blogger, replaces Jai Singh. Farber was previously editor-in-chief of CNet’s ZDNet.

The tech news-and-reviews online media company has been under a lot of pressure lately, with challenges from some aggressive investors who are trying to take control of CNet, as well as increased competition from all over the Web that is impacting its traffic.

In any case, in Farber, who also ran ZDnet’s blogging network, CNet has a solid journalist in charge.

In the video, Farber and I talk about a wide range of issues, from Web consolidation to the trends in social networking to future tech trends, including his thoughts on Google and Apple:


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work