April 16, 2004

Murderer blogs from behind bars

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The Register> Being in prison apparently doesn’t prevent some people from running a nice little earner. The Dutch Justice department is to investigate a blog set up by Martin K., who is unusual among bloggers since he is currently banged up for double murder. In 2001, Volendam born Martin K. was sentenced to 14 years’ jail for slashing the partner of his former girlfriend. A couple of years earlier he was convicted for his involvement in a cafe shooting. He developed a severe stutter that earned him the sensational underworld moniker “Martin the Stutterer”. read more>

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Blogs power the journalism revolution

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jorumalism.co.uk> Blogs are enabling journalists to meet the demand for independent, reliable web-based news, according to UK weblogging firm 20six.
Launching a new package of hosting services this week, freelance journalist and 20six editor Johanna Payton said that blogs are powerful tools that empower journalists – which is why they could be seen as a threat to the media establishment. read more>

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A call to arms: Jim Elve vs The Government of Canada: help us support Jim

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Duncan Riley> I’ve received an email from BlogsCanada blog-guru Jim Elve this evening that was to say the least disturbing. The Treasury Board of Canada, through a Department of Justice lawyer, has requested that BlogsCanada cease and desist the display of items they contend are covered by the Copyright Act.

Now Jim is not asking for money, but until he does and we can help financially, there are many other things we can do to support Jim: read how and help us fly the flag of freedom on the blogosphere!
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Government of Canada Cracks Down on Blog Site

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The Treasury Board of Canada has issued a cease and desist order to a website, BlogsCanada.ca, regarding trademark and copyright infringement issues. BlogsCanada describes itself as “Canada’s Blog Site” and hosts a directory of more than 7,700 Canadian blogs.
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EXCLUSIVE: Defining the A-List at BloggerCon according to Halley Suitt: “elitist bad-ass-A-list-bloggers exclusive event” revealed.

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Duncan Riley> Whilst I wont be flying half way around the world this year to attend BloggerCon (maybe I’ll win lotto next year!) a new anonymous insider makes me think that all Bloggers are not created equally at the shinning light of Blogging thought: BloggerCon2 (aka Dave-fest).

If you are attending BloggerCon 2, make sure you ask Halley Suitt of Worthwhile Magazine why you weren’t worthwhile enough to be invited to pre-dinner drinks tonight (Friday) Boston time at 5:00pm @ the Millenium Bostonian Hotel (Atrium Lounge) with the likes Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen, Adam Curry and a number of others. Perhaps she may have already answered the question of invitations in an email to Dave and others: “Dave = The Drinks @ the Millennium event is NOT open to all. This is a purely snobby elitist bad-ass-A-list-bloggers exclusive event BEFORE the dinner which is open to all.”
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April 15, 2004

Blogs: Here to stay – with changes

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Christian Science Monitor> They’re hip. Influential. Out there. By one estimate, there are 2 million of them posted on the Internet around the world talking about everything from knitting patterns to the war in Iraq. But as blogs – or personal weblogs – move into the limelight, they’re also coming under closer scrutiny. And the conclusions are in some ways sobering. read more>

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April 14, 2004

World Association of Newspapers launches “Editors Weblog”

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The Blog Herald> The World Association of Newspapers – World Editors Forum have launched a new on-line destination to discuss and debate the issues that concern them : http://www.editorsweblog.org. The new blog from the World Editors Forum aims to be a virtual “meeting hall” for editors from different countries and cultures, said Bertrand Pecquerie, Director of the WEF, which is the organisation of the World Association of Newspapers that represents senior news executives.

“I consider the Editors Weblog as an intranet in the editors’ community,” he said. “Every day, we have to provide them with real solutions on how to manage their newsrooms. It is obvious that a cooperative weblog will help the community of our members: the working editors.”
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Company Blogs Aim for Newspaper End Run

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NY Post> Microsoft, always mindful of what’s on the news on channels 4, 5 and 7, wants its customers to get the real story from Channel 9. Channel 9 is a new blog, or online diary, run by Microsoft programmers. Launched April 1, it features interviews with Microsoft employees, “insider” information on new products and breaking news from the software giant. read more>

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Rudder Blogs Again

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Mary Jo Foley at Microsoft Watch is reporting that Microsoft Server and Tools Senior VP Eric Rudder is blogging again after a 12 month absense. Nothing exciting yet although he does mention the Sun deal.

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Internet News Stands to Gain From Offline’s Credibility Problem

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MediaPost/ Online Spin> “..Think for a second about how you, as a citizen who uses the Internet, gather information to answer questions like these. How does that compare to your news consumption habits of 10 or 15 years ago? If you’re like me, you consult more sources of news and your newsgathering is more active (seeking out news and accounts of events online) than passive (watching CNN for an hour)…” read full article>

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