March 31, 2004

Student’s Blog includes death threats

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NorthWest Herald> ALGONQUIN – Some parents kept their children home Tuesday from Jacobs High School after learning that the students’ names appeared on a 16-year-old student’s Web site that included death threats. A parent found the junior’s Web log Sunday and contacted Algonquin police. An officer questioned the boy Monday morning……”If you look at the Columbine kids that came in with guns – that’s the first thing that comes through your head, so I think everything should be taken seriously,” Mozal said. read more>

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Portland e-citizen doggedly chronicles local government

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The Oregonian> The man in the floppy gray fishing hat took one last drag on his American Spirit cigarette, then ground it out on the sidewalk and pocketed the butt (still some left, and money’s tight these days). Then he adjusted the press pass hanging around his neck and slipped quietly through the doors of Allen Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. read more>

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Future search efforts will make Google look like 8-tracks

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Interesting story for its Google analysis and for the statement “But Technorati doesn’t search the rest of the Web, just as Google doesn’t search blogs.”
Yahoo/ USA Today>There is no hotter topic in technology than Google. Cover of Newsweek. Cover of Wired. IPO fever. What’s next? The Google Diet? The Five Googles You Meet in Heaven? But, you know, much as I couldn’t live without it, Google stinks. read more>

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Weblogs and customer service

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An interesting post from Chad Dickerson at Infoworld on how DreamHost is watching and responding to bloggers on its hosting service. A great corporate lesson.

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This Googlebomb cost $44.75 (or three weblogs)

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The Register> Businesses spending thousands of dollars to get their websites prominently displayed by Google should look at a much cheaper option that archivist Daniel Brandt demonstrated last week. read more>

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Spammer’s Porsche up for grabs

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There is some justice in the world! BBC> Internet giant AOL has ratcheted up the war against unsolicited e-mail with a publicity-grabbing coup – an online raffle of a spammer’s seized Porsche. AOL won the car – a $47,000 Boxster S – as part of a court settlement against an unnamed e-mailer last year. read more>

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March 30, 2004

Recyclying Weblogs Into Print

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Poynteronline> The normal newspaper industry flow is “print to Web,” but the new wave is “web to print,” and a new book with the provocative title “Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers” does just that. The book, which is expected to be published in the next couple of weeks, is a compendium of “the best” postings on weblogs around the world. The editors are Alan Graham and Bonnie Burton. They’re already planning for followup collections and extending the concept onto a website. read more>

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Baghdad blog

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Guardian> In an isolated corner of Baghdad university campus, two young students are sitting together on a bench in a car park which, a year ago, was used to train students in the Jerusalem army, one of Saddam’s tools for suppressing students. read more>

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March 29, 2004

Just a thought

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Lawn Greengrass> Just a thought, but how long will it be before some erstwhile publisher begins to see the potential in Blogs and Blogging (what a great title) and decides to publish/print a monthly collection?
He or she will pick a monthly theme, invite Bloggers to contribute, paying only those who are printed and Bob’s your Uncle…a blogazine.

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In age of Google, privacy issues get lost in the search

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Houston Chronicle> In the physical world, you may try hard to separate aspects of your life. You avoid preaching to your co-workers or talking shop at your church meeting. And you remain discreet with both groups about a date you had last weekend. O the Internet, those separate lives merge, thanks to Google. read more>

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