Blogs open Web doors for airing your opinion

The Free Lance Star>Everyone has an opinion. At one time, though, it wasn’t necessarily easy to publish your opinion so everyone could see it. The distribution methods for opinions were limited to broadcasting, which was limited to those folks who had big, expensive transmitters; printing, which required a pricey press as well as some means of handing out printed pieces to lots of people; or public speaking, where you’ve got to do some heavy promotion to get an audience together. read more>

Opera launches support for RSS

Opera Software has just released Version 7.50 of the Opera browser which now feature RSS support inbuilt into their mail utility. According to ABC13 Christen Krogh, Opera VP of engineering says of RSS “In some means or another, it’s there to stay.”. The irony of the release is that for its free edition Opera co-operates with Google for customised ads for the browser (and hence revenue), and Google refuses to support RSS as a standard for syndication, blantantly pushing Atom through sites such as Blogger. Although we won’t be switching any time soon (the ads are annoying), the RSS support and other recent improvements to Opera means that they could be seen as a reasonable alternative to IE and Firefox, however at $39 USD to remove the ads we can’t see a huge change over to Opera given the many free alternatives to the product, both in browsers and RSS readers.

Google announces image ads for AdSense

Google have announced a new addition to the Adsense ad choices by launching image ads. According to Google, the image ads are contextually targeted to the content of a page, providing users with a high impact, high value advertisement – and providing an opportunity to earn more revenue.
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Baghdad blogger gets movie deal

BNN reports that Intermedia has bought the film rights to The Baghdad Blog, a book based on the Web log by Salam Pax, the Iraqi blogger who reported on conditions in his country during the early days of the war.

The pending decline of MT

Duncan Riley> From day 1 I have been an MT fan and have often being criticized for my undying love for the product and the Trott’s, but today my spell was broken with the launch of MT 3.0 developer edition and SixApart’s new pricing structure for MT.
Want to have more than 1 author on your MT 3 powered blog: that will be $99.99 USD please or if you buy in the next 10 minutes we’ll cut the price to $69.99 and thrown in a free set of streak knives!. And even for this price you are limited to 5 blogs only. Want more blogs, cough up some more money.
The darling swan of the blogging set is turning into an ugly duckling before our eyes, and Ben Trott looks like he is starting to have visions that he is Bill Gates everyday. Not only do we get a “Developer Edition” which would normally be a Microsoft like code for “Beta which we never quite debugged properly” but the pricing structure in a highly competitive marketplace will drive many self-installing bloggers to over alternatives such as TextPattern or WordPress (although I’ve never been able to successfully install WordPress).
Perhaps I’m being too harsh, but I’ll certainly start looking elsewhere. Tell me what you think.

Six Apart Announces Developer Edition of Movable Type 3.0

Press release> Six Apart, whose award-winning TypePad and Movable Type software has made it a leader in weblogging software, today announced the developer edition of Movable Type 3.0. The fully-featured publishing platform provides an enhanced architecture that allows developers to customize Movable Type, enabling new applications to be written and new revenue opportunities to be created for the developer community. In addition, Movable Type 3.0 offers a new suite of controls to manage reader comments, giving corporate and individual webloggers control over the comments posted to their weblogs. Finally, Six Apart announced new support and licensing options, letting corporate, institutional and individual webloggers choose the plan that best fits their needs.
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Pushing the blog boundary

Netecraft> A few weeks ago I wrote – a little unfairly, perhaps – that blogs were “little more than personal Web pages”. Of course, one of the reasons some blogs are interesting is that they can be much more than that, providing an alternative kind of online journalism that is often better informed and far more topical than traditional publications. Moreover, the usefulness of such blogs is increased enormously when news items are syndicated – made available as a feed that can be accessed on a regular basis and displayed automatically on a subscriber’s machine. By aggregating many syndicated feeds it is possible to create a powerful form of constantly-updated, personalised information. read more>

blogs propel zero-commerce write-a-thalon into a dizzy

This from a release sent directly to us: Im not to sure what to make of this, although the “sites using Geocities” bias may be kicking in:
The Great Mahakali Write-A-Thalon –an international literary contest in which writers attempt to write an entire novel, poetic epic, stage or screen play, from scratch over a weekend– is spreading like wildfire.

Initially conceived as a weekend writing binge between four friends, now
scores of writers –including heavyweights like Tom Bradley and Mike
Atherton — from more then seven countries including India, the United
States, Norway, the United Kingdon, Ireland, and Japan are taking part.
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