cyberSaps business: blogging news, internet biz, communities, UK angle
"Mountain View (CA) April 1, 2003 (Routers) - In a move that surprised citizens throughout Blogistan, Google continued its acquisition spree today. Spokesmen for Google confirmed the acquisitions of Seven Together (makers of the popular weblog application Movable Type) and Userland (creator of Radio Userland). Plans are to combine the operations of the two companies into the existing Blogger operation. The combined entity will be known as Movable Bloggerland."
Goodness! What time is it? Hey, this ain't legal here in the UK! Such deals are only allowed before noon.
"Asked whether this was a shot across Microsoft's bow, VP of Microsoft's Platform Group Jim Allnose said "Absolutely not. People are already blogging with Microsoft software. You just download the .NET framework, install some service packs, grab a few things from MSDN, install Sharepoint Team Services, and upgrade everything to Office 2003. Once you do that and upgrade to Windows Server 2003 which ships in the next few weeks, you're ready to go. It's simple, and we think it represents the future of consumer-based blogs.""
"Less of interest here than the IraqFilter context itself - which amounts to the question "Is blogging to Gulf II what TV was to Vietnam and cable was to Gulf I?" - is an established medium caught in the act of visibly sizing up this comer, this new kid on the block, this parvenu we know as "blogging."
Is it a valid new medium of reportage, fit to take its place alongside print and broadcast? Or is it merely parasitic, interstitial, even marginal? Inquiring minds want to know. (Note O'Donnell's hedges and his final & bizarrely misplaced condescension: "Maybe Allbritton will start a trend - bloggers no longer dependent on the mainstream for their material." WTF?)" [And discussed in MetaFilter]
has begun as stratfor has accused the owner of the agonist of plagiarism of news blurbs. This thread is his response along with comments by his readers. While Sean Paul seems to have done his best at sourcing on the fly, I am curious how my fellow mefiers feel about it. Are short news reports copyright protected? Could legal action truly result? How will this affect future blog projects? [And discussed in MetaFilter]
To steal from one source is plagiarism. To steal from many sources is blogging. Someone had a blog button site with that on once.
"...As certain as the sun will rise in the morning, and as bloggers and blog-readers everywhere can attest, media is nothing without criticism and commentary about media."
"The five bloggers we've selected here are gleaned from an already short list of famous people who post their personal writings on the Web."
Only five? Mind they said they discounted those that haven't updated in the last month. Great for hardened fans looking for detail.