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ZDNet Has Failed

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Summary: ZDNet is on the decline and its demise appears to have greatly accelerated in recent months; we take a quick look at this month's coverage and explain the conflict of interest (it's PR, not news, and it's far too shallow/blatant to simply overlook)

FOR those who are not familiar -- or barely familiar -- with the antics of ZDNet, see our wiki on this subject. It won't take long to understand, even based on the headings alone. The good news is, the site is perishing and little of what's left of it spilled over to a sister site called TechRepublic, a mixture of Microsoft operatives and paid-for puff pieces.



"The network behind ZDNet perished 2-3 years ago."As it turns out, lying to people may be a profitable business model, but only in the short term. Sooner or later people walk away (earlier today we mentioned conflict of interest in Bill Gates coverage).

ZDNet screenshotA few days ago, by mere serendipity (and by accident rather) I clicked on a ZDNet link because it had Torvalds/Linux in the headline. See on the right what I was presented with. Does that make any sense to anyone? The connection between those two things is at best imaginary, fictional. But when Microsoft operatives run the 'news' site they tend to view everything from a Microsoft lens. As I noted in the video above, Microsoft is the very first category to be listed in the site's menu and it's almost the only brand name in that menu. Earlier this week they published not one but two puff pieces about the latest 'research' stunt from the Linux Foundation. Why? Follow the money...

The network behind ZDNet perished 2-3 years ago. Defunct as of December 4th, 2019 (21 months ago) although CBS Corporation was already facing issues prior to that. But now ZDNet itself is dying. Just 7-8 stories in the "Linux" section (mostly sponsored junk) were posted in the first 24 days of September. It used to be about 2 stories per day and most of those were anti-Linux or an attack on facts, even malicious slander. When ZDNet collapses completely we won't miss it. We'll just sigh in relief and say, "good riddance..."

Princess Bride: What better than Microsoft propaganda? Microsoft propaganda masked in 'Linux' clothing

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