Secret Diary of Steve Jobs and Newsweek?

Could it be considered a conflict of interest if you write a blog tearing into the head of a company, then cover that company for Newsweek? Dan Lyons seems to think it isn’t, but Gawker’s Ryan Tate and Beet.TV’s Andy Plesser beg to differ.

Plesser spoke with Lyons at a technology conference at MIT in Boston last September and asked him about how he would cover Apple after his identity as the author of the Secret Diary of Steve Jobs blog was revealed, and Lyons admitted it would be difficult. Yet Lyons started the blog up again after 11 months of inactivity.