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Red Herring down but not out

The same week that the tech publication was evicted from its offices, goes down.

Updated at 2:49 p.m. to include the information that Red Herring's Web site is back up.

Troubled online news site was inaccessible Friday for more than an hour.

In the same week that the publication was booted from its offices in Belmont, Calif., Red Herring's Web site suffered a glitch Friday and didn't go back up until about 1:30 p.m., according to a source, who asked for anonymity.

Red Herring is on at least one tech pub's "Death Watch" and the site outage might have led some to believe the company had finally packed it in.

That's not the case. Alex Vieux, Red Herring's CEO, has told employees he is in negotiations with potential new landlords. He said Wednesday, after sheriff's deputies had evicted him and his staff, that he would announce the location of his new headquarters on Thursday, and added that Red Herring is not in danger of shutting down.

Vieux hasn't revealed the new location, but I'm told by former employees not to take him too literally.

Since Vieux took over Red Herring in 2003, the publication has been less notable for what's in its pages than for its internal struggles.

The publication has seen high employee turnover, sporadic publishing of the magazine, and a quirky corporate culture.

Vieux has stood out among technology publishers in Silicon Valley for his insistence on a dress code (male staffers must wear a tie), and his former policy on not including bylines on stories. Former employees have complained that the company was often late with paychecks.

According to a former Red Herring employee, many staff members--who have since moved on--referred to Vieux as "Boss Hogg."