Earlier this year, Pando’s Mark Ames spent several weeks exposing The Techtopus, a secret Silicon Valley wage-fixing cartel, controlled in large part by Google’s Eric Schmidt and Apple’s Steve Jobs, which conspired to drive down wages for hundreds of thousands of workers.

Mark’s reporting was perfectly complemented  by Brad Jonas’ incredible illustrations of the sprawling eight-legged beast, spanning the world and tossing around tech workers as if they were toys…

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I suppose we should be flattered, then, and possible a little bit heartened, that the New York Times has also adopted an octopus motif for its own coverage of Google’s sprawling reach.

But the Times’ version of the techtopus, as featured in this recent column by former Pando writer Farhad Manjoo, suggests that the paper of record might not be taking the threat of Google quite as seriously as we are…

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Awww. Look at that happy little guy. Hard to believe he’s capable of wage theft, mass surveillance, and near-total monopolizing of the world’s information. He just wants to give the world a hug.

[H/t Umfuld Johnson]