I just wanted to highlight Matthew Garrett's post on the latest more absurd Google rumours to hit the online press, because the man speaks the truth. However, I'd add that it's not as easy as he thinks to be an analyst. Sure, all you have to do is generate random combinations of the latest hot buzzwords (netbook, MID, Android...) and then invent a story based on them, but you have to compete with the thousands of other 'analysts' doing the same thing! To climb to the top of that tough pile you need a longstanding reputation consisting of years of vaguely plausible yet spurious articles, containing just the right level of nuttiness to produce lots of lovely pingbacks and comments. It's a tough world for the technology analyst, y'know.