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Evidence of 'Counterattack' Lacking as Linux Conference Convenes

Jun 18, 2007, 14:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott M. Fulton)

"You probably already know the secret to getting a headline broadcast louder through Google News: take the main subject lines and pair them with a verb that denotes violence or tragedy. I discovered this myself with headlines that contain mix 'Microsoft' or 'open source' with the verb 'derail.'

"Yesterday, Reuters scored an aggregation coup by pairing 'Linux' and 'Microsoft' with the verb 'counterattack,' resulting in a story that rocketed to the top of the hit list without a beat or a melody to it, and whose inaccurate derivatives were snatched up even by local television..."

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