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Amazon Offers Blogs

December 28, 2005 at 9:57 pm | | Blog News | | --Josh

The New York Times is reporting that Amazon.com is now offering a service called “Amazon Connect” to authors. It allows authors the capability to post blog entries on any topic of interest.

“The program gives people who are interested in a particular author a way to get new insights into them, and gives the authors a way to develop more of a one-on-one relationship with readers,” said Jani Strand, a spokeswoman for Amazon.

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Web guru gets with times

December 26, 2005 at 1:14 am | | Blog News | | --Simon

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has started a blog just in time for the 15th anniversary of his invention

You can find the blog over here.

Afraid of Commitment? Try a Pop-up Blog

November 17, 2005 at 4:57 pm | | Blog News | | --Simon

In a bid to lower the barrier to entry that keep many corporations from beginning to blog, marketing services firm ElectricArtists has come up with an option for the commitment-phobic — the “pop-up” blog.

Unrelated to the loathsome pop-up ad but akin to the pop-up store, the pop-up blog is created with a clear lifespan set before it is launched. It pops up and fades away, and its brief life span corresponds with an event, product launch, or other time-sensitive cause, Marc Schiller, CEO and founder of ElectricArtists, told ClickZ News. It’s a concept that others have employed occasionally in the past, but Schiller is the first to give a moniker to the phenomenon.

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Libya Jails Political Blogger

November 13, 2005 at 12:20 pm | | Blog News | | --Josh

Libya has sentenced a blogger to 18 months in prison after he criticised the government in his online articles, according to Human Rights Watch.

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Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra launches blog

November 12, 2005 at 2:45 pm | | Blog News | | --Simon

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra launched a blog to share insights from musicians and others and engage the public in the orchestra’s activities.

“It was just another way for the orchestra to approach members of the community, to give them a behind-the-scenes look at what was happening,” said symphony spokeswoman Nicole Cerrillos.

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Youths Use Blogs to Help Plan Riots in France

November 12, 2005 at 12:06 pm | | Blog News | | --Josh

CNN has an article about how police are dealing with bloggers coordinating attacks in France. “France’s government is policing cyberspace as well as rundown suburbs in the battle to end two weeks of rioting.”

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Bloggers Fight Back Against Spam

November 10, 2005 at 3:46 pm | | Blog News | | --Simon

Mountain View-based Google is at the heart of a controversy pitting some top level bloggers against people who use the Blogger.com service to spread unwanted advertising pitches. Google’s response to the threat of the spam blogs, also called splogs, has also led to some problems for the service’s users.

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Blog bashes campus periodicals

November 10, 2005 at 3:29 pm | | Blog News | | --Simon

Two seniors have launched a feminist blog to address the issue of sexism at Yale and offer criticism of a number of recent articles published in widely-read campus periodicals.

The blog, named “broad recognition,” was created in late October by Della Sentilles ‘06 and Sabrina Manville ‘06 with funding from the Women’s Center’s Amy Rossborough Fellowship. While representatives of the Women’s Center said the new Web site could serve as an effective venue for campus-wide dialogue about sexism at Yale, authors of articles Sentilles and Manville have critiqued said they think the blog has misrepresented their arguments.

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Some skeptical of IBM’s blog monitoring software

November 10, 2005 at 3:27 pm | | Blog News | | --Simon

Businesses may be looking forward to trying out the new extension of IBM’s brand-monitoring software, but some bloggers are less sure the technology is a good thing. Watching what customers and the press are saying about a company online is nothing new. But IBM reports it is making the task of monitoring sentiment circulating on the Web about a brand much easier and more thorough. Dubbed the Public Image Monitoring Solution, the new software is an improvement upon IBM’s already existing WebSphere Information Integrator OmniFind Edition, and is said to read and analyze blogs, news articles, online forums and other Web material to find what is being said about a company and its products or services.

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China Closes Dissident Blog Nominated for Award

November 10, 2005 at 3:19 pm | | Blog News | | --Simon

Wang Yi’s Microphone, was nominated for two categories in the Best of Blog (BOB) Awards sponsored by German radio station Deutsche Welle.

“Initially I set up my blog as a place to collect together all my writings so they could all be seen in one place,” blog author Wang Yi told RFA’s Mandarin service.

“Then it gradually turned into a news blog, posting the sorts of articles that could not be published on other Web sites, on sensitive subjects like human rights. I was able to publish them on my blog instead,” said Wang, who teaches at Chengdu University in the southwestern province of Sichuan.

Dodging the censors

“But they have started blocking access to my blog in the past six months. No sooner do I find a way around the filters, than they manage to block it again,” he told reporter Ke Hua.

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