Google files for unusual $2.7 billion IPO

C|Net News> Internet search leader Google filed to go public on Thursday, seeking to raise $2.7 billion in an unusual auction-style offering that will give the founders rare control over the company.

The registration filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission offers an estimate of what the company believes it may be able to raise with its initial public offering, but it does not disclose the number of shares that will be offered, nor the range in price for those shares. read more>

European election campaign blog is a first

Independent Online> The European Parliament election campaign’s first on-line blog will be launched by the Party of European Socialists (PES) this weekend in a move to counter voter apathy. The Malta Labour Party is a full member of PES. read more>

Passion for news drives link-master

St Petersburg Times> Each morning, Jim McIntosh awakes to a dog’s nudge, reminding him to pick up the newspaper and put something on the Web for the Citrus County gadflies to buzz about. The 62-year-old retired Ford Motor Co. engineer, who lives in Lecanto, is the wizard behind
It’s a Drudge Report-styled local blog. read more>

Bloggers are editors, not journalists

Some very interesting commentary at The Iraq War Reader on the role of bloggers in shaping news:
“In my humble opinion, bloggers who write about current events and culture (as opposed to people who are mainly focused on their inner world or their personal spheres) aren’t getting attention and adding value to the democratic discourse so much because they’re behaving like journalists, it’s because they’re behaving like editors. Not that many bloggers are generating fresh reporting on events, as journalists or reporters covering a news story would do. (Not that I’m against bloggers being reporters, or bloggers correcting bad reporting by unearthing contradictory information.) But what many good bloggers are doing is filtering the news for us, the way a good editor does. “

Blog-Tracking May Gain Ground Among U.S. Intelligence Officials> “People in black trench coats might soon be chasing blogs…some analysts say U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials might be starting to track blogs for important bits of information. This interest is a sign of how far Web media such as blogs have come in reshaping the data-collection habits of intelligence professionals and others..” read full story>

A life pictured online

BBC> That mobile phones with cameras onboard are popular is no surprise. And on net, weblogs – or blogs – are fast winning fans. Now the two have come together in moblogs, in which people post pictures, text and even video from their phone. read more>

What do you do when other bloggers steal from you?

Natalie d’Arbeloff> In this case, stealing means posting on their site something that you have created, without mentioning that you are the author and without giving a link to your post. This is theft, especially when a copyright notice is shown at the site they’re ripping off. As my loyal readers know, I’m only too happy when I see something of mine on your blogs and so far, due credits and links have always been included. But checking my recent stats I discovered two people who, apparently, find such simple courtesy and honesty beyond their grasp.
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