Valleywag history; Consumerist for sale

The gossip rag, Valleywag, will be missed by few, especially among those Silicon Valley stalwarts who have regularly been its targets.

The Consumerist, on the other hand, is well worth saving -- not that I have the scratch to save it. While they don't always hit every nail on the head, Ben Popken and his people swing a mean hammer at the corporate behemoths that make our lives miserable every time we enter a store or Web site.

Gawker Media mogul Nick Denton says it's all because Internet advertising is a thing of the past. ... Maybe in his world.

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