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A picture’s worth a thousand words, but is it worth a thousand firms? It’s been a few weeks since the Washington City Paper pooh-poohed the “false god” of D.C. high tech (“Deus ex Machina,” 4/6), but Newsweek is still genuflecting. In its April 30 issue, Washington, D.C., is named as one of 10 cities that “have become important players in the Information Age,” and Mayor Anthony A. Williams gets a big photo to boot. More telling, however, is the fact that the one-sentence caption to Williams’ portrait says more about tech in the District than the 200-word blurb on our area’s boom, which focuses almost exclusively on suburban tech companies like WorldCom (Ashburn) and Nextel (Reston), and paints the District’s redevelopment as a potential victim of the recent “economic downturn.” Richard Byrne