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Farhad Manjoo Leaves WSJ for NY Times

Farhad Manjoo GFarhad Manjoo is leaving The Wall Street Journal after only four months. He is headed to The New York Times to cover personal technology.

Manjoo will take over the “State of The Art” column, previously written by David Pogue. Pogue left the Times for Yahoo last October.

Manjoo joined the Journal in September after covering tech for Slate for five years.

“In his new role at the Times, Farhad will push ‘State of the Art’ beyond traditional reviews to examine the tech industry more broadly and the role technology plays across the board — what he calls ‘tech’s intrusion into society,’” wrote Dean Murphy, the Times’ business editor, in a note to staffers.

See below for the full note from Murphy and the Times’ technology editor, Suzanne Spector.

We are thrilled to announce that Farhad will begin next month as Business Day’s new “State of the Art” columnist.

Times readers have been treated to Farhad’s work in the Times Magazine and the Home section, where he periodically wrote a “Home Tech” column before taking up his current job at The Journal. In one unforgettable piece about embracing technology to stay cool, he confessed that his crusade resulted from being humiliated after wearing shorts to a sweltering summer wedding. “In a prenuptial climate report, the couple had assured guests that they should feel free to ‘dress for comfort and safety’ rather than style,” he wrote. “And did I mention that the shorts happened to be pinstriped? I’m not the sort of man who wears just anything to a wedding.”

In his new role at The Times, Farhad will push “State of the Art” beyond traditional reviews to examine the tech industry more broadly and the role technology plays across the board – what he calls “tech’s intrusion into society.” And as with his pinstriped shorts episode, he plans to have fun doing so.

“Tech innovations now spider into every corner of our lives, altering our relationships with friends and family, our jobs, education, government, leisure time, finances, health and on and on,” he says. “My niche, then, is to have no niche.”

Farhad got his start in journalism as editor of his college newspaper at Cornell (he’ll be joining other Big Reds on BizDay, including Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jeff Sommer and Suzanne Spector). He went on to work at Wired.com and Salon and write a book, “True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society,” which argues that modern technology pushes people to believe stories that aren’t true and to follow news that suits their beliefs. From there he went to Slate and Fast Company, landing at The Journal last September.

Farhad, who lives with his wife and children in the Bay Area, will be based in San Francisco, where he will join the best team of tech journalists in the business. His arrival is the first piece of an exciting re-imagining of our consumer technology coverage. More to come on that soon.

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