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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.

Valley Alley
Polarizing, Bubble 2.0-inflating blogauthority TechCrunch's Michael Arrington Silicon Alley Insider's Henry Blodget
Tech titans Intel, 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 powerhouses Tourism, biotech, medicine, left-wing politics Tourism, media, finance, entertainment, fashion, celebrity gossip
Boulevard of (broken?) dreams Venture capital artery Sand Hill Road "Blog Alley," Crosby Street in SoHo
Loquacious blog celebrity Robert Scoble Jeff Jarvis
Late-night calorie booster Burritos Pizza
Bodacious finance newsbabe Former MarketWatch anchor Bambi Francisco, now of CNBC anchor and "Money Honey" Maria Bartiromo
Notable new-media defector Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, who left Brooklyn for the West Coast CBS Interactive President and Valley VC veteran Quincy Smith
Irritating exhibitionist online-video entrepreneur Justin Kan of Jakob Lodwick of Vimeo
New media's mini-empires TechCrunch, Sugar Gawker Media, Gothamist, The Huffington Post
High-profile political tabloid fodder Sexy San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom Non-sexy New York Governor Eliot Spitzer
Dreamy, shaggy-haired dot-com cutie Digg founder Kevin Rose CollegeHumor co-founder Ricky Van Veen
Week-long bacchanalia involving funny outfits and substance abuse Burning Man Fashion Week
Latest uber-disappointment Second Life The New York Mets
No. 1 reason to be cranky Real estate prices Real estate prices