Within 90 days, this will show up as a secondary plot line in the Chicago-based TV show "The Good Wife". They're aggressively trying to wrest the "ripped-from-the-headlines" crown from the head of "Law and Order".
Actually, their depiction of a pair of NSA nerds accidentally tapping lawyers' phones is pretty amusing. And horrifying.
Is he really that wonderful a writer? Wow. Granted, nobody just dashes off a response to such an award... an acceptance speech, really... but that's pretty damned eloquent, whether it took an hour or a day. Then again, he's had a while to craft language around his philosophy and motivation. But, still.
It's true that the Grey Lady is notorious for its condescending tone; but remember that the Times' audience is broad and often non-technical. In terms of literary style, it's common to set off unfamiliar jargon with quotes; or, as in this case, words that have taken on a secondary, non-intrinsic meaning... "scrape", a physical action, is used descriptively here to avoid an even starchier, longer, more obtuse description. Yes, I really believe that a significant part of the readership has no idea about web crawlers and scraping, and that the quotes are correct usage for a non-technical audience. And to snicker and point at non-insiders, mocking their pathetic ignorance of specialized terms, makes us look like even bigger idiots.
... here's a tip for the BPPE enforcers: Groups of gassy old men are teaching the code... the Morse code, that is... along with advanced electronics theory to anyone who's seeking an Amateur Radio license. These villains hold clandestine meetings, use arcane jargon and communicate in an obscure binary code. Come to think of it, Homeland Security might want to help those BPPE'ers remove this plague from polite society.
New strategy: CRUSH! Games with the word "crush" in them; apps with the word "crush" in them; refrigerators with the word "crush" on their ice makers. Dole canned pineapple: number one target! Unless you mean the kind that's sliced in neat round rings -- that's okay. Note to REM: Somehow you snuck that "Orange Crush" song out to market before our game came out, but we'll figure out your dastardly trick, and get you for it!