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GigaOM blogger Om Malik is taking his tech site from hobby to business. His alma mater, Business 2.0, held a patio party for him at the Hotel Vitale. Guests included B2 editor Josh Quittner, Craigslist creator Craig Newmark, and a whole gang of delightful snarkers. These photos are from Scott Beale (aka "Long Tentacle") from Laughing Squid.

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Om kisses the ring of Michael Arrington, the Tech Blogging king who reigns from the throne of TechCrunch. Every time that happens in a movie, doesn't the kisser end up overthrowing the kissed?

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In the corner, Craig Newmark has His Conversation: net neutrality, a eulogy to The West Wing, tales of dropping in on realtors, and which birds are nesting in his Cole Valley backyard. (It's his only conversation, but it's a good one.)

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"My writers work for commission. Every time we get an angry e-mail from Vonage, they get a hundred dollars."

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The quality of a party is directly proportional to the amount of guys wearing shirts like the guy on the left.

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Party conversation in the Valley goes much better if you throw your hair over your eyes and pretend you're talking to a girl.

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I don't like to post photos of myself, but look at Mike's glare! Too precious!

During the party, Mike told me that I'm welcome to come to his upcoming party (the social event of the season!), but that security was instructed to break my arms.

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It's not a Scott Beale party photo set without someone gesturing obscenely at the camera.

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Wouldn't you eat a can of Om Malik dog food? To read the cover, view this in full size.

Photos: Business 2.0 celebrates Om Malik [Laughing Squid]