May 27, 2006

Court rules that Apple cannot subpoena email of bloggers in intellectual property case

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Wired News carries the story that Apple has lost in their effort to unmask a blogger’s sources after two bloggers posted images and other material disclosing a future Apple product known as ‘Asteroid’.

Attorney Denise Howell is all over the story along with detailed analysis at Bag & Baggage:

Online journalists are entitled to the conditional privilege arising from consitutional guarantees of a free press. Divulging confidential sources can only be compelled when there is a “need sufficient to overbalance the inhibitory effect of such disclosure upon the free flow of ideas and information which is the core object of our guarantees of free speech and press.” The petitioners are entitled to the privilege, and Apple failed to show a need sufficient to overcome it.

Howell also notes that this is a “very tech-savvy opinion”, as well.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation also has coverage at their Apple v Does website.

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May 26, 2006

Web 2.0 pending a trademark

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Apparently, the term “Web 2.0″ now required legal permission to use, at least in some situations, according to a cease & desist letter sent by CMP, representing O’Reilly and others.

I haven’t received a cease & desist letter for using Web 2.0 as a tag, or as a category, or as a term on this blog, but given the penchant for litigation today, I’m sure that’s only a matter of time.

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Is MSN Spaces the largest blogging service?

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A Microsoft Press Release indicates that MSN Spaces is now the largest blogging service:

MSN® Spaces is the most widely used blogging service worldwide with more than 100 million unique visitors, according to data released today by comScore Networks Inc. of Reston, Va., an independent Internet audience measurement and consulting company.

comScore World Metrix’s proprietary audience report for April 2006 showed the total number of unique visitors to MSN Spaces has more than doubled in the past 12 months, from 41.65 million to 101 million.* Figures compiled by comScore Media Metrix indicate that during April 2006, nearly one in seven Internet users worldwide had visited MSN Spaces.

If this information is accurate, upstart MSN Spaces has surpassed Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, and many others.

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How I Blog: Alan Baird

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This is the fifth post in our “How I Blog” series. To read the rest, visit the archives. Interested in participating? Drop us a note about ‘How I Blog’ along with a photo or yourself or your blogging space at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz.

Alan Baird, Online Editor, Blogger

Alan Baird

I used to blog at work during my lunch hours, which pissed off my employer and got me canned. Now I get paid for blogging on the job, and wonder what to do with all these free lunch hours.

When I created The Desert Quidnunc for Palm Springs Life magazine, the blog was anchored with a bunch of series: historical plaques, public artworks, celebrity gravesites. But now it’s branching off into more interviews: the country’s first black/gay mayor, the leader of America’s second-richest Indian tribe, the guys who stand on corners and twirl arrow-signs.

In the early days, I baited the alpha bloggers every now and then, to attract new visitors into the site, but our traffic stats seem to have reached a critical mass and are now moving up on their own. I have no idea why.

Being a blogger-for-hire is enormously different than posting a personal blog. It’s important to remain sensitive to possible copyright and libel issues, while keeping an overall focus on the agreed-upon subject matter. But I think a professional blogger needs to be eclectic, too – stitching a blog together with individual postings is much like weaving a vivid piece of Kente cloth with different threads… the finished product can be pretty boring when there’s too much of one color.

I was lucky enough to design and teach a blogging course for the University of California, but I really feel the only way of becoming a decent blogger is to experiment with different styles, to see what works for you. I began manually programming an online journal in 1996… before the term “blog” was coined, and long before automatic blogging software was invented. So I guess that means these last ten years of wasting time with blogs — I mean, honing my skills to maximize opportunities—are finally starting to pay off.

Ten years. Holy crap, I’ve been experimenting for a long time.

Maybe one of these days, I’ll get it right.

Alan Baird is the online editor for Palm Springs Life Magazine, along with many other things. Catch his blog at The Desert Quidnunc

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May 25, 2006

Akismet updated for WordPress

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Automattic’s Akismet anti-comment spam plugin for WordPress has been updated with some new administrative features.

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Blogger coverage of Enron verdicts

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Blogger’s Blog has a good roundup of blogger comments on the Enron verdicts.

Technorati is also following the conversation.

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Has the MySpace downturn begun?

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My Space Chart

At Publishing 2.0, Scott Karp asks if the downturn of MySpace has begun?

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How I Blog: Chrono Cr@cker

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This is the fourth post in our “How I Blog” series. To read the rest, visit the archives. Interested in participating? Drop us a note about ‘How I Blog’ along with a photo or yourself or your blogging space at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz.

Shreyas, AKA Chrono Cr@cker, Blogger

I’m Shreyas, a.k.a Chrono Cr@cker (I prefer being called by nickname as it kinda stresses my essence better), blogging at Chrono Tron >> World Wide Weblog . I’m relatively new to the blogosphere, but I have definitely learnt a lot about it’s mechanism and the blogosphere has become an essential component of my life. In my opinion, Blogging is one of the most powerful media in the world and a media that has immense scope. I’m currently a student and studies take prominence in my life more than anything but blogging is definitely my passion, one that originated from deep within me and runs through every single nerve. I really can’t run through a day without blogging. Blogging gives a certain joy, a certain electrical impulse, that I cannot explain as “English” does not have the right words to do so.

I’ve been a tech passionist for atleast 2-3 years and recently I’ve become a full time geek. I’m proud to say that I devote a minimum of 2-3 hours every day for my online activities, wherever I am, however busy I may be. My online activities have become like clockwork but I like toggling now and then. The saddest part of my online life is that I have limited broadband.. My online day starts with a cuppa gmail, couple of posts in my online CollectiveX group with my ex-school mates and the regular browsing around Newsvine, Reddit & Digg. Two must mention activities are coComment’ing and the feed-mantra via Bloglines. coComment is one my favorite services and something that everysingle blogger/blog-visitor must use. It helps me keep track of all the comments I make, and since I do so in a lot of blogs, my whole productivity crashes without coCo. Ofcourse, I also subscribe to a lot of Blogs via Bloglines [Recently checking out Feedlounge.], ideally would like to do so to 100’s and thousands but time is the crunching factor.

Finally to the cream, my blogging. Wherever I go, I carry a small jotpad with me and this has helped increase my productivity extremely. I derive inspiration from real-life encounters, etc and ideas strike me at the most unlikely moments and this jotpad, really has rocked me! I blog using this wonderful piece of software called “BlogDesk”, which seriously is the best in the web. [Check out my review about it here ]. I blog every single day from my home PC. The surroundings here are really perfect and stimulate a lot of thoughts in my mind. My PC really does what I need to and I’m not a big fan of laptops and/or notebooks – Old Habits die hard! It’s a pretty normal PC as of now, but I’m getting a brand new Athlon power PC soon, would like to buy a Macbook but lack of funds retard me. Oh! I forgot, my computing experience is truly without a mouse, I love my keyboard.

Thanks to the jotpadding, I usually have some good ideas when I want to blog and my feeds give me more ideas. I don’t have any particular time when I blog, but usually divide my computer sessions into blocks and make sure that I blog whenever I get a chance. I blog via BlogDesk but at the same time scourge the blogosphere for people blogging about what I am. I make sure that I link to them as linking, in my humble opinion, is the core of the blogosphere.

While my blog is not a daily diary, it’s not a proffesional review-centre either. I blog for passion and not money. Usually I blog about various tech stuff namely blogging, gadgets, web 2.0 and stuff for webmasters and sometimes about my opinions in regard to various issues and very rarely my personal events. I try to make my blog as different as possible from the rest of the blogosphere. While I do give my readers the facts, I make it as personalized as possible. Posting just factual stuff is not what a blog is about, I give my a blog a strong Chrono essence, expressing my own feelings about the topics, it’s implications and more. After all, it’s my personal weblog. My posts are a good mix of both the worlds [professionalism and personal'ism]. I also thoroughly enjoy trying out various web 2.0 services and reviewing them in my blog. I also share my latest bookmarks in my blog and check out my Technorati rank sometimes.

As the last word, I really love blogging. It really has revolutionized my world and my thought-process and has given me a great media to express my thoughts all over the world and at the same time, see what others are doing. Finally a big thanks to BlogMedia & the Blog Herald for giving me the opportunity to express my feelings and my experience. I really enjoyed writing this and hope you enjoyed reading this as well.

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May 24, 2006

Interested in contributing to our ‘How I Blog’ series?

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We’re on part 3 currently of our multi-part ‘How I Blog’ series featuring bloggers like Melisa Petri and Sheila Scarborough.

We could also be featuring… YOU!

Drop us a note at tips [at] blogmedia [dot] biz with your entry about how you blog along with a photo of yourself or your ‘blogspace’ (or even just your PC/Mac rig) and we’ll get you in the queue.

It could be your fifteen minutes of fame!

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Technorati inks deal with the Associated Press

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Technorati Box

Technorati has inked a deal with the Associated Press to provide blogger tools and analysis right into the AP’s news feeds that they provide to more than 400 newspapers and websites around the globe.

The new tools will show a ‘most blogged stories’ box as a part of the feed that AP’s affiliates receive. An example of the box can be seen in the righthand column of this article.

Technorati has had a similar partnership in place with sites like Newsweek and the Washington Post – but this new deal represents a significant expansion of Technorati’s audience and presence in the traditional mainstream media, along with a significantly expanded local audience for bloggers.

Additional coverage: John Mudd @ Blogcritics, Social Software Blog, and Duncan Riley

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