Media Daily News> The sudden explosion of blog publishing has created a paradox for some publishers. While blogs, or weblogs, have become wildly popular sources of news and information for many Internet users, publishers still seem to be struggling with how to turn them into a critical app for the advertising business. Now, a seemingly unlikely source appears to be doing just that–developing a blog as a means of communicating with the nation’s largest national advertisers. read more>
Anchorage Daily News> Because of my job, I’m supposed to be some sort of purveyor of all things entertainment. With so much stuff going on, it would be impossible to keep up with all the music, movies, plays, games, magazines and other pop culture tidbits available to us in this high-tech world. But I have given up one vice: television. And that puts me out of touch with a lot of people. Because a lot of people watch a lot of television. read more>
Looks like the reds are at it again:
USA Today> A woman who posted an article on the Internet criticizing the way China’s government handles public complaints has been sentenced to 18 months in a labor camp, a human rights group said Thursday.
Ma Yalian used several Chinese legal affairs Web sites to post the article documenting her fruitless efforts to petition over the destruction of her Shanghai home, New York-based Human Rights in China, or HRIC, said in a statement. read more>
Californian hosting provider Lunarpages has reportedly banned new users using MT and has started to block MT functions for existing users according to LA Observed, in a move sure to lose it current and future business. According to the site, Lunarpages feels the MT scripts are too easily hacked and that MT eats up server resources.
(editors note: their title, not ours!) LA Independent> If the silver screen mythical Bridget Jones were real and living in Los Angeles, her delightfully funny diary probably could be read by anyone with access to the Internet.
Enter Tiffany Alana Stone, a literary disciple of the legendary Jack Kerouac, a professional Hollywood script reader, and unofficial queen of the ever-growing world of the Internet web logs, or blogs as they have come to be known. read more>
(Got a better idea who’s Queen of the Blogs, pop a comment in a let us know!)
The NY Times is reporting that Gawker CEO and Nano-publishing champion Nick Denton is set to launch the long awaiting “Kinja” project today, April 1. The NY Times describes the service as ” automatically compiling digests of blogs covering subject areas like politics and baseball. Short excerpts from the blogs are included, with links to the complete entries on the individual blog sites”, some sort of combination of RSS reader and personalised topic sorter? we’re not to sure. But what ever it is exactly, Meg Hourihan, co-founder of Blogger is Project Manager for the site, in another coup for the Gawker stable of blogs, so theory has it that the servive is bound to be good.
The last word from the NY Times: “Mr. Denton said Kinja users would be able to decide whether to make their customized digests public and that the best digests would be promoted at the site, making the users “part of the editorial team.” Kinja and its competitors could end up creating another opportunity in the blog marketplace: who will blog about the best blogs of blogs?”
Amidst rampant media speculation, Google Inc. today announced it is testing a preview release of Gmail – a free search-based webmail service with a storage capacity of up to eight billion bits of information, the equivalent of 500,000 pages of email. Per user. The inspiration for Gmail came from a Google user complaining about the poor quality of existing email services, recalled Larry Page, Google co-founder and president, Products. “She kvetched about spending all her time filing messages or trying to find them,” Page said. “And when she’s not doing that, she has to delete email like crazy to stay under the obligatory four megabyte limit. So she asked, ‘Can’t you people fix this?'”
NorthWest Herald> ALGONQUIN – Some parents kept their children home Tuesday from Jacobs High School after learning that the students’ names appeared on a 16-year-old student’s Web site that included death threats. A parent found the junior’s Web log Sunday and contacted Algonquin police. An officer questioned the boy Monday morning……”If you look at the Columbine kids that came in with guns – that’s the first thing that comes through your head, so I think everything should be taken seriously,” Mozal said. read more>
The Oregonian> The man in the floppy gray fishing hat took one last drag on his American Spirit cigarette, then ground it out on the sidewalk and pocketed the butt (still some left, and money’s tight these days). Then he adjusted the press pass hanging around his neck and slipped quietly through the doors of Allen Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. read more>
Interesting story for its Google analysis and for the statement “But Technorati doesn’t search the rest of the Web, just as Google doesn’t search blogs.”
Yahoo/ USA Today>There is no hotter topic in technology than Google. Cover of Newsweek. Cover of Wired. IPO fever. What’s next? The Google Diet? The Five Googles You Meet in Heaven? But, you know, much as I couldn’t live without it, Google stinks. read more>