CNET Opines on Apple's Choice of KHTML

Tuesday January 14th, 2003

CNET has an article about Apple's choice of KHTML over Gecko for its Safari browser. Featuring a variety of quotes from many high profile figures, the article goes as far as to call the decision a "snub" — a claim that Apple's spokesperson refuses to corroborate.

Update! Mike Shaver isn't too happy about being quoted out of context and Chris Blizzard also has some choice words about the article. MozillaZine founder Chris Nelson isn't quite so subtle. There's also a discussion at Slashdot.

#17 This story's showing up everywhere...

by marmoset

Tuesday January 14th, 2003 4:36 PM

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This morning I saw the story on c|Net and wrote the following blog entry, before it started getting reactions on Slashdot and here and Ars Technical and everywhere else. After a day's worth of reactions, I don't need to change a word.

"Yr. Humble Narrator wonders: is there an official term for when a technology reporter assembles a news story simply by excerpting a bunch of weblogs and supplying a bit of connecting text? I read this story at cNet, thinking perhaps there was some new information about Apple/Mozilla relations, only to find out that it was just a summary of a bunch of weblog entries I'd already read last week.

At this point, when I want to see how the technology world is reacting to a story, I don't go to c|net or ZDnet or anyplace like that, I go to Blogdex and Daypop. I get to see the opinions faster, and I get to read them unmediated and not dumbed-down. Besides, c|Net and ZDNet have strong financial interests in the current technology status quo -- you'd never find them linking to anything that might scare their advertisers like Clay Shirky's eye-opening essay from last week."