In Silicon Valley, snarky blogs make a comeback

Mon May 6, 2013 4:04pm EDT
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By Sarah McBride

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley is taking itself a tad too seriously, and a few of its shriller residents have taken note.

Recent weeks have seen the birth of a few new blogs poking fun at America's crucible of technology, among them, a relaunched version of the classic, and, perhaps most discussed,

Call it the zeitgeist. To a certain class of steely-eyed observers, Silicon Valley's overvalued startups, its kingmakers, and those who get caught up in its hyped products need taking down a peg.

A sampling: "I love Quora. Like I love Prince Harry: for his sad, never-be-king desperation," wrote the anonymous scribe behind Jesus Christ Silicon Valley in musings about a question-and-answer service little used outside Silicon Valley that has nevertheless raised $50 million.

A spokeswoman for Quora declined to comment on the blog or whether company founders had read it.

At the reborn Valleywag, editor Sam Biddle took aim at Larry Ellison and the movie "The Wind Gods," which documents the Oracle chief executive's sailing exploits in the America's Cup.

"There's been something missing in his aggrandizing oeuvre," Biddle wrote. "Maybe an invite from Larry Ellison to the premiere of a movie about Larry Ellison."

An Oracle spokeswoman declined to comment.   Continued...

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