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Tris Hussey / A View from the Isle:
The blog is dead, long live the blog!  Anti-blog hype is overblown  —  Oh boy this is going to stir things up.  Daniel Gross of Slate writes in Twilight of the Blogs that business blogs are on the downslide.  I can't agree less with him.  Sure, I'm biased, I just wrote about my new career via blogging …
Carl Howe / The Blackfriars Blog:
Looking beyond the twilight of the blogs  —  [Graphic courtesy of Yahoo's Bradley Horowitz at]  —  Slate magazine today is running an article titled "Twilight of the Blogs", arguing that all the signs are in place to say that blogging is topping out from a business point of view.
Mark Evans:
Have Blogs Peaked?  Of Course Not!  —  According to Slate, it's the beginning of the end for blogs.  Based the Sports Illustrated cover story theory - which implies that any person or team touted on the cover is doomed to fail - Slate's Daniel Gross concludes the fun and games are over within …
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:
The Blog Bubble? … It's obvious that there's been way more hype lately than is healthy.  But the entry of Big Media into the blogging space is not a sign of impending doom.  —  If Time Warner and other big-media companies start a bunch of sucky blogs, they won't get anywhere.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Focus on the Trends, Not the Hype
Tom Krazit / ZDNet:
DMCA axes sites discussing Mac OS for PCs … Apple Computer appears to have invoked the Digital Millenium Copyright Act to stop the dissemination of methods allowing Mac OS X to run on chips from Intel and Advanced Micro Devices.  —  The chatter at the OSx86 Project was stifled Friday …
RSS Means Never Being Board  —  John Palfrey: … Dave Winer: … As a member of the RSS Advisory Board for the past 21 months and the current chair, I am surprised to learn that the organization doesn't exist.  —  I joined the board at Winer's invitation in May 2004, not long before he resigned.
Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
Web 2.0 in the Enterprise - Blogging the TIE Event  —  The Web 2.0 in the Enterprise panel discussion hosted by TIE was exciting.  In fact it wasn't really a panel discussion, rather a most interactive group event.  Jeff Clavier as moderator with Charlene Li, Ross Mayfield …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Software pioneer Bricklin tackles wikis  —  update If ever someone was going to merge two technologies as disparate as wikis and spreadsheets, VisiCalc creator Dan Bricklin might well be the person for the job.  —  In 1979, Bricklin released VisiCalc, the first spreadsheet for personal computers.
Wired News:
Here Comes a Google for Coders  —  For most people, open source is a synonym for free software.  But for programmers, open source is about sharing code, building on the work of others and not having to reinvent the wheel — at least, that's the ideal.  In practice, code reuse remains very low …
Jayvee / Cell phone 9:
BenQ-Siemens Pandora (EF51)  —  I had a chance to grab a sneak peek into the upcoming line of phones from BenQ-Siemens.  Codenamed Pandora (in Asia), this phone is a prototype version of the new company's music phone.  I'm quite pleased with the way the new company is churning out sensible phones with attractive designs.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget Mobile
Brian Krebs / Washington Post:
Invasion of the Computer Snatchers  —  If you think your computer is safe, think again  —  In the six hours between crashing into bed and rolling out of it, the 21-year-old hacker has broken into nearly 2,000 personal computers around the globe.  He slept while software he wrote scoured …
Dale Begg-Smith & AdsCPM: A Spyware low life Criminal Distributor wins an Olympic Gold Medal for Australia  —  You can run but you can't hide.  If you fail to answer reporters questions in a candid and detailed manner, lots of folks will poke around and discover your checkered past.
Pragmatics  —  Someone recently asked me about how to handle an internal product debate around REST vs. SOAP.  —  In hopes I never have to address this debate again, here's a record of what I told them.  —  The following design decisions are orthogonal, even though people often conflate two or more of them:
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
NBC nastygrams YouTube over "Lazy Sunday"  —  A source at YouTube informs BoingBoing that NBC recently sent the user-submitted video hosting site a nastygram over the Saturday Night Live "Lazy Sunday: Chronicles of Narnia" video.  —  That's right — NBC's lawyers are beating YouTube …
Nicole Wong / Official Google Blog:
Response to the DoJ motion  —  In August, Google was served with a subpoena from the U. S. Department of Justice demanding disclosure of two full months' worth of search queries that Google received from its users, as well as all the URLs in Google's index.  We objected to the subpoena …
Discussion: loose wire
Jamais Cascio / WorldChanging:
Freedom to Connect  —  David Isenberg's name pops up occasionally here on WorldChanging, and for good reason.  He's one of the more forward-thinking telecom specialists around, and his work on whether to embed "intelligence" in a network or in the devices at the end (the latter is far better) …
Discussion: Smart Mobs and Weblogsky

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