Jason Calacanis of Weblogs Inc h as poached one of Gawker Media’s writers, Pete Rojas of Gizmodo to staff what Nick Denton describes as a “slick copycat site”. A relatively new comer to the blogging for money word Jason Calacanis has been aggresively promoting his new suite of sites in the blogsphere in a wave of weblog hype, some of which Bill Turner of Weblog Hype (not to be confused with the Blog Herald) has commented on: “Oh man, please give me a little of what Jason Calacanis is smoking!”
Reuters> Chinese officials have closed two Internet sites used by tens of thousands of people to post online diaries known as blogs because they carried content deemed objectionable.
Some Chinese Internet users said the sites were shut because one or more personal Web pages carried opinions on a well known doctor’s letter to China’s senior leadership asking them to reassess the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests. read more>
Vicki Fox Smith> It’s often said that the blogosphere consists of personal weblogs and those that link to, or expound upon, news of one sort or another.
According to this dichotomous blogging-world view, personal weblogs are often viewed as being boring, ego driven crap while the other sort are characterized as the pretentious blathering of journalism wannabes.
Duncan Riley> There once was a little blog who aimed to cover blogging news…. or so the story may go. The Blog Herald is coming up on its first anniversary, and aside from being able to run “on this day” scripts in MT, I found with amazement today this post at the Jason Calancis blog criticising The Blog Herald, and myself personally for not mentioning a number of blogs. The price of fame? Am I suffering from Dave Winer syndrome?
Mobilemag> Nokia plans to grab the spotlight at CeBIT 2004 with the announcement of their new Nokia 7610 megapixel camera phone. The 7610 will store photo-quality images and videos on the Series 60 Platform. Planned for release Q2 of 2004, the tri-band phone comes in GSM 900/1800/1900 and GSM 850/1800/1900 for around €500 read more>
CNN> For years, conservatives have successfully used talk radio to excite their base, raise new issues, target opponents and raise money. After years in the wilderness, liberals may have finally found an answer. Not the new liberal talk radio network, but blogs — formally known as web logs. The online discussion groups have become the liberal version of conservative talk radio. read more>
News.com> Internet darling Google is taking search to the streets, helping Web surfers find cafes, parks or even Wi-Fi hot spots in their area.
On Wednesday, the Web search company will unveil Google Local, which has been tested in the company’s research and development lab for the last 8 months. Type a keyword along with an address or city name into the search box at Google.com or at its newly designated site, Local.google.com, to find maps, locally relevant Web sites and listings from businesses in the area. read more>
USA Today> If John Steinbeck had had a laptop and satellite hookup when he shoved off on his famous ocean voyage from Monterey, Calif., to Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, there’s a good chance his entries from The Log of the Sea of Cortez would have been posted on the Internet as a travel “blog” read more >
Tokyo: Japan’s leading toy and game maker Taito has begun offering a new Internet content service that features both online game and blog services.
“Netchara” enables subscribers to publish blog websites using popular Japanese anime characters and play online games, all for 525 yen ($4.73) per month.
Taito plans to expand the service offerings by adding new characters and video content going forward.
Michigan Daily> History Prof. Juan Cole’s weblog receives 200,000 page views per month — reaching people in The United States and Iraq with information about developments in the Middle East. He is one of the many individuals who have come to count on this Internet information medium to communicate with the public. read more>