• "So to hear today that Microsoft is partnering with Novell to offer sales support for Novell's Suse Linux AND cooperate with its old rival on Linux-Windows interoperability is ... astonishing — a bit like discovering that Stalin really sent Trotsky to Mexico for a nice vacation or that Itchy has shacked up with Scratchy." [Good Morning Silicon Valley]
  • Cynical tech author Nick Carr sees Google's frenetic YouTube deal-making as an effort to repeat what Apple did for iTunes — pull enough media companies on board that the rest have to follow. [Rough Type]
  • The outside publicist for a startup named MothersClick disavows any involvement in that company's nasty little spat with the TechCrunch blog (which was escalated by a popular Valleywag post by guest editor Rick Abruzzo). "Our advice to the client PRIOR to the incident was, 'Your judgment is impaired. Step away from the keyboard. Leave TechCrunch alone. Let Arrington run his blog, you should go run your business.'" [PR Squared]
  • TechCrunch owner Michael Arrington writes, "Putting journalists up on a pedestal is very old media." This from a man who told the Wall Street Journal, "I want more page views than CNET in two years." [CrunchNotes]