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Money Buys Influence
It's obvious to all but the most determined ostriches that Gartner's research has been, is, or will be influenced by the money people ("Who Owns Gartner?"). Just ask anyone fired for telling the truth about a sponsor, client, or investor--and there are plenty.

Any organization that purports to distribute honest opinions on products, ideas, or methods, cannot have any interested party associated with it in any way--not as an owner (even one share), not as an investor (even $1), not as a board member, not as a consultant.

The only acceptable relationship is as a paying reader of the report.
Larry Blau
New York



Independent Artists Hurt
Parry Aftab states, "If they are 12 and tell you they're not doing it, they're lying" ("Teen Ethics: Free Is A Tough Habit For Kids To Break"). So every 12-year-old is now guilty of downloading music?

I don't share music files, but I do occasionally use the Web to find music. What record companies really hate is the wider variety of music available from independent artists.

I live in Columbus, Ohio, and there are a lot of local artists who produce better music than any radio station plays or record company signs. Many people like me have no need for commercialized music aimed at 12- to 16-year-old girls.

Movies are next. There are some fantastic short films already on the Web made by independent artists. All this noise about illegal downloading is really just a ruse to outlaw competition from independent artists.
John Six
Owner, Cowtownmusic.com, Columbus, Ohio



Disappearing Jobs
InformationWeek describes the change from 3.3 million IT jobs in January to 3.2 million in September as a "jobless recovery" ("Jobless Recovery"). Sure sounds like a "job-loss" recovery to me.
Eli Stephens
Cupertino, Calif.



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