Silicon Valley vs. Silicon Alley: The cheat sheet

As bloggers Michael Arrington and Henry Blodget brew up a mini East Coast-West Coast feud of dubious origins, CNET reveals the real differences between the two tech scenes.

Yeah, yeah, we know. Tech's natural home is the Bay Area. New York is for everything else. But as TechCrunch editor Michael Arrington and Silicon Alley Insider founder Henry Blodget blog their way into a full-on catfight over which one has the authority to predict the future of the dot-com industry, we figured it was time to give our readers around the world an understanding of two very different cities' very different tech scenes. From hot babes to tasty food, here's what you need to know about the fundamental differences between the Bay Area and the Boroughs.

Polarizing, Bubble 2.0-inflating blogauthorityTechCrunch's Michael ArringtonSilicon Alley Insider's Henry Blodget
Tech titansIntel, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.Well, AOL just moved to Cooper Square--and IBM's a few Metro-North stops away in White Plains.
Non-tech industry powerhousesTourism, biotech, medicine, left-wing politicsTourism, media, finance, entertainment, fashion, celebrity gossip
Boulevard of (broken?) dreamsVenture capital artery Sand Hill Road"Blog Alley," Crosby Street in SoHo
Loquacious blog celebrityRobert ScobleJeff Jarvis
Late-night calorie boosterBurritosPizza
Bodacious finance newsbabeFormer MarketWatch anchor Bambi Francisco, now of Vator.tvCNBC anchor and "Money Honey" Maria Bartiromo
Notable new-media defectorEntrepreneur Jason Calacanis, who left Brooklyn for the West CoastCBS Interactive President and Valley VC veteran Quincy Smith
Irritating exhibitionist online-video entrepreneurJustin Kan of Justin.tvJakob Lodwick of Vimeo
New media's mini-empiresTechCrunch, SugarGawker Media, Gothamist, The Huffington Post
High-profile political tabloid fodderSexy San Francisco Mayor Gavin NewsomNon-sexy New York Governor Eliot Spitzer
Dreamy, shaggy-haired dot-com cutieDigg founder Kevin RoseCollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen
Week-long bacchanalia involving funny outfits and substance abuseBurning ManFashion Week
Latest uber-disappointmentSecond LifeThe New York Mets
No. 1 reason to be crankyReal estate pricesReal estate prices
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