New York Times lays off local tech reporter

We won't have Katie Hafner (pictured here in a 2000 appearance on PBS's News Hour with Jim Lehrer) to kick around anymore. Her former colleague Sharon Waxman, who left the paper in January, mentioned in an aside to an ode to fellow hacks hurt by the decline of the fishwrap business that Hafner had been laid off. If it were up to us, we'd have given "Blog 'Til They Drop" author Matt Richtel the pink slip. Just imagine: He might have to blog for a living, with all the perils implicit therein.