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A NASA employee based at the Johnson Space Center is currently serving a 180-day suspension without pay from their position because they wrote politically partisan blog posts, solicited donations, and sent emails while at work.
In all likelihood, the employee would have been suspended whatever method of communication they’d used to air their political views, and whether or not they’d done so at work or in their own time, thanks to the Hatch Act, but the fact remains that another blogger has found themselves in hot water.
Perhaps said employee would have done well to heed this advice — Big Brother is always watching. If you’re doing something which contravenes your contract of employment, expect to be found out. Blogging is no exception.
VentureBeat reports that Glam have been offered a whopping $1.3 billion in an acquisition bid. Who it is that wants to spend this kind of money isn’t stated in the story, but apparently it seems that the bid will be turned down:
Glam’s investors are unlikely to do so because they see a bigger opportunity for Glam to build a large business for high-end display advertising, the source said. Some critics will say Glam will be foolish for not accepting such an offer.
Duncan Riley doesn’t think that the offer is so high, read his analysis for more.
It’s obvious that there’s still a lot of spending urges going on in the new media sphere. Obviously, the various companies are seeing opportunities in the ever growing online business, so it’s hard to believe that there’s a recession in the US at the moment, at least when looking at it from the outside.
BlogRolled.com is a new service to buy and sell text links on your blog, but without any scripts and therefor hard to track for Google. The idea is, of course, to nab a piece of the Text Link Ads cake, since it’ll be hard for search engines to slam down on you buying and selling text links when there’s no script to analyze.
That’s right, no script. If you’re a blog publisher, and someone buys a link in your blogroll, you’ll add it manually, and be paid a flat fee per month, or similar.
What do you think? Will Google tackle this as well, and find a way to penalize sites using this server, or is the TLA 2.0?
Hat tip: John Chow
WordPress is 5 years old. WordCamps in Philippines, New York, Toronto, Australia – everywhere. WordPress 2.6 new improvements and features coming out fast for August release. WordPress Plugin Competition heating up. WordPress.com by the numbers, and multilingual bloggers rejoice. Genko’s been updated.
WordPress 5 Years Old: Bloggers are celebrating all around the world as WordPress turns 5 years old. If you were lucky enough to be in San Francisco Tuesday, May 27, you could have been part of a party hosted by Matt Mullenweg and other WordPress fans. Did you celebrate WordPress turning 5?
WordCamps Sprouting Everywhere: Is there going to be a WordCamp near you? Thinking of starting one? Check in the calendar section below for a listing of the announced WordCamps, and WordPress Meetups, and where to find more information on how to start your own in your area.
WordPress 2.6 New Features: The following are recent announcements about new features and improvements in WordPress 2.6:
- WordPress Development: Work continues on WordPress 2.6 and beyond. The WordPress Development Updates announced recently include updated jQuery and jQuery UI to the latest from the jQuery trunk, the ability to relocate the
wp-config.phpconfiguration file up one level from the blog install directory, support for Google Gears, a new style loader to complement the new script loader, drag and drop sortable gallery collections for the new Media Library, and adoption of the WordPress.com WordPress Theme preview ability which allows “lightbox” previews of Themes before you make your final selection.
- Google Gears Meets WordPress: Google Gears support has been integrated into WordPress 2.6 to make blogging from one stop resource even easier.
- WordPress Post Revisions – WordPress Meets Word Processing: Without a doubt, blogging is writing and one of the problems many have faced, including me, is how you can lose post information if your browser crashes or something goes wrong during the post creation phase, which is why I use a text editor to write my blog posts. In WordPress 2.6, Michael Adams reports on a new feature called “Post Revisions”, which will work with the autosave feature to store a history timeline of your blog posts so you can get protection from accidental changes, as can happen with multiple blogger blogs, and if something goes bork in the blog while posting.
- Gravatars and Identicons in WordPress 2.6: Viper007Bond discusses the inclusion of Identicons with Gravatars coming to WordPress 2.6 and how this is going to improve gravatars and avatars in general in WordPress.
- Password Secure Storage: Barry Abramson writes about
phpass, a new patch for Apache authentication which works with the new WordPress secure password storage feature.
WordPress Plugin Competition: Weblog Tools Collection’s WordPress Plugin Competition for WordPress 2.5+ is on. They’ve published WordPress Plugin Competition Q&A to help answer your specific questions about the competition. Have you checked out last year’s winners? These Plugins continue to be some of the best of the best this year!