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BoomTown simply cannot resist the irresistible urge to compare the gripping quest for gold by U.S. Olympic team rowers (and, as you can see here, left to right, identical twins) Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss with their more lackluster effort to grab a piece of Facebook via a lawsuit.

In an unlikely upset in the semifinal of the men’s pairs, the hunky brothers placed second and will go on to the finals on Saturday.

Apparently, the Winklevosses actually have some magical come-from-behind in them.

Although they were sucking wind in the first part of the race yesterday, they surged in the last 500 meters of the course to the fastest time of 1:34.34, which vaulted them from fifth place of six boats.

Their overall time was 6:36:65.

Thus, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg might want to be a tiny bit scared. After all, the Winklevosses have lagged behind badly so far in their fight with him over whether the ideas and programming of their ConnectU service were stolen at Harvard University in the creation of Facebook.

At this point, the Winklevosses have essentially lost their case, but they are still arguing with Facebook over the confusing valuation of the hot social- networking site (much as Facebook employees are!).

While I doubt they can pull off a Hail Mary with regard to Facebook, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that they can grab a pair of well-deserved medals this Saturday.

Also, here is a link to an pre-Olympic video interview with Cameron Winklevoss and one with Tyler Winklevoss on row2k.com (they are unembeddable…grrrr).

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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald