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Newsweek tech columnist kills blog

November 19, 2008

Dan Lyons, the technology columnist at Newsweek best known for writing a blog called Fake Steve Jobs, has killed his latest blog Real Dan Lyons, after his bosses pulled posts critical of Yahoo’s public relations staff.

Jordon Golson of The Industry Standard writes, “Lyons slammed the company after Yahoo flacks told him just weeks ago that the Google/Yahoo search deal was a ‘sure thing’ and that Jerry Yang wasn’t going anywhere. ‘Then that deal fell apart. And now Jerry Yang is out on his ass. The take-away: Do not believe a word that Yahoo says. Ever.’

“We aren’t sure exactly how things went down, but the Yahoo PR post and several others are gone too.

“Lyons slammed All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher for touting an ‘exclusive‘ that Yang was stepping down — an exclusive that was posted five minutes before Yahoo’s official press release — and then emailing other reporters who failed to note that she ‘broke’ the story. Those highly amusing posts are gone from his site too.

“In true whistleblower fashion, Lyons’ redacted posts (copied before they were taken down) are reproduced in their entirety below.”

Read more here.

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