I have a lot to say about this post, all of which can be summed up by John Gruber in a comment he made earlier today:
No word on when they’ll stop collecting (and keeping) money on behalf of unaffiliated publishers.
Lastly, you have to love this dig from Ziade at people speaking out against Readability (myself included, I assume):
So it’s no wonder that even smart, thoughtful writers can say surprisingly vitriolic things with uncharacteristic thoughtlessness when writing about an area as exciting as this one.
Is it really that surprising that people got pissed when you started taking money on their behalf without permission?