DIARY: What we need to know is who's out to lunch?

Diary had barely polished off a lunch of pan-seared chicken and roasted vegetables when alerted to a story claiming that a 'software management system' had been created to 'keep tabs on which hacks are having lunch with whom, and when'.

Panicked by the implications of this technological advance, we call former Morgan Stanley press officer Alex Northcote and former Brunswick account director Michael Webster, who - under the guise of their new firm, Gorkana Data Systems - have devised the software.

Northcote is curiously reluctant to brag of his new leak-busting device, insisting that GDS had devised a service that merely breaks down which journalists cover which financial products and was 'nothing to do with lunch'.

'The market is disillusioned with data on journalists,' explained Northcote, although of course it would not be if there was reliable info about who was lunching whom. That's the challenge for any techies reading this ...

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