Check it out, people. My man Dan Frommer of Alley Insider is slowly gaining on his Apple-watching nemesis at AllThingsD, John Paczkowski. This morning at 7:16 a.m. PT, Paczkowski was the first to re-report the non-news coming out of some Chinese publication that Apple is preparing an oversized iPod Touch, aka a netbook. Just nine minutes later, at 10:25 a.m. ET, Frommer struck, re-reporting Paczkowski’s own re-report. It’s an amazing performance by Frommer, who last week was running a full ten minutes behind AllThingsD. Watch out, Kara Swisher! Can you hear the footsteps getting closer?
A couple things that make this gem even better — first, that this is total non-news, since no actual product has been announced yet, and since, believe it or not, the entire fate of the fucking world does not hang in the balance on whether Apple makes a new, slightly larger iPod. Second, that even the source from which Paczkowski re-reports, something called DigiTimes, was itself re-reporting something from another publication, Commercial Times. You can see the DigiTimes story here. So, to recap: Frommer re-reports something on Alley Insider that Paczkowski re-reports on AllThingsD that DigiTimes re-reports from Commercial Times. You gotta love the way the Internet takes all the friction and inefficiency out of the fusty old news business.