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Clive Thompson / New York Magazine:
Blogs to Riches  —  The Haves and Have-Nots of the Blogging Boom.  —  T  —  wo years ago, David Hauslaib was a junior at Syracuse University who was, as he confesses, "totally obsessed with who Paris Hilton was sleeping with."  So he did what any college student would do these days: He blogged about it.
Jason McCabe Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   Peter Rojas gets his due
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Blogging and the Elusive Mass Audience
Discussion: Newsome.Org, IP Democracy and clock
Ina Fried / CNET
Microsoft pushes ahead with mobile e-mail effort  —  Microsoft said Sunday that its long-awaited push e-mail capability for mobile devices is finally headed into the market.  —  Although Microsoft is offering push e-mail abilities later than some mobile specialists, such as Research In Motion …
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Technorati adds authority weighting  —  Technorati just turned on a new feature: if you are searching Technorati, for, say "Technology" blogs you get a choice: you can see them all, or you can see the ones that have a lot of "authority" in that space.  I didn't see that feature over the weekend …
Discussion: Chris' Insytes
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
What is Authority?  —  Scoble says that Technorati just turned …
Discussion: Newsome.Org and TechCrunch
Anne Broache / CNET
Tech companies brace for showdown over China  —  Technology companies accused of collaborating with China's Internet censorship regime are bracing for what could be a tough round of questioning from politicians this week.  —  Executives from Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems plan …
Discussion: Rational rants
Dsifry / Sifry's Alerts:
State of the Blogosphere, February 2006 Part 2: Beyond Search  —  In Part 1 of the State of the Blogosphere report, I covered the overall growth of the blogosphere.  Today I'm going to cover the growth of the blogosphere as media, and discuss some of the emerging trends that deal with handling information overload.
Paula Berinstein /
Ad-Supported Free Books Arrive  —  February 13, 2006 — Perhaps information really does want to be free.  Citing the desire to create new revenue streams for authors, mega-publisher HarperCollins ( has announced the first free Web-based, ad-supported, full-text business book.
Rick Weiss / Washington Post:
New Grant System Excludes Mac Users  —  Electronic Forms Compatible Only With Microsoft  —  What if the federal government were about to give away more than $400 billion in grants, but only people whose computers ran on Microsoft software could apply?  —  That is the predicament that many scientists …
Nat / O'Reilly Radar:
Yahoo! Open Sources UIs and Design Patterns  —  Kudos to Yahoo!, who today released two pieces of goodness into the commons.  The first is their UI library, and the second is their Design Patterns Library.  The UI Library is a collection of DHTML/Ajax/Javascript (pick your favourite term) controls and widgets.
Seth Godin / Seth's Blog:
Juicy new google feature  —  Maybe you've seen it, I hadn't.  This is a new feature inside of Google AdWords.  Do a search, in this case for the Artisan Hotel, and a string of ads pop up.  But one ad has a green phone.  —  Click on the green phone and an ajax window opens up.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
BlogCode helps you find blogs similar to...  Ever find a blogger you really like and wonder "are there other blogs similar to this one?"  Well, that's what BlogCode is trying to do.  Mine will be indexed shortly (I filled out a short "code" about my blog and at the end of it I learned that Matt Cutts of Google is similar to me.
Discussion: A View from the Isle
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Is Firefox dropping the ball, like Netscape in 97?  —  Lately I've been noticing a number of people criticising the performance of the latest versions of Firefox, since 1.5.  Nik Cubrilovic, a developer at online storage company OmniDrive, is the latest to point out performance issues with Firefox 1.5 and above:
Steven Levingston / Washington Post:
Olympics Web Site a Winner for NBC  —  Page Traffic Runs High as Network Finds Ways to Increase Viewers' Control  —  The NBC Olympics Web site is attracting visitors in much larger numbers this year than during previous Olympic Games as consumers increasingly demand control over how and when they get updates and watch video.
Stephen Leahy / Wired News:
The Secret Cause of Flame Wars  —  "Don't work too hard," wrote a colleague in an e-mail today.  Was she sincere or sarcastic?  I think I know (sarcastic), but I'm probably wrong.  —  According to recent research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Ellen McCarthy / Washington Post:
BearingPoint to Help Sell Google Technology  —  Consulting Firm to Integrate Search Product That Sorts Companies' Records  —  BearingPoint Inc., a McLean consulting firm that has been mired in accounting problems for the past year, has struck a deal with Google Inc. to sell and integrate technology …
Discussion: B2Day
Heather Green / Business Week:
News You Can Use — and Write  —  Bayosphere's grand plans may be history, but many more community Web sites have taken its lessons to heart, letting everyday citizens deliver news  —  When Dan Gillmor told readers last month that, his community journalism startup …
Discussion: Susan Mernit's Blog

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