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7:20 PM ET, June 23, 2007


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Mike / CrunchNotes:
I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!  —  The title, which is a quote from the movie casablanca, is what came to mind tonight when I read the complete train wreck occuring on TechMeme over advertisements that contain a written message from the publisher.
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Comments on people-ready  —  Re the "people-ready" discussion.  —  There are a couple of reasons why the writers shouldn't have done what they did, and in all the comments already posted, no one has gotten to this.  —  First, Mike Arrington implies, in the title of his post, that everyone knows about this practice.
Discussion: Dembot
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Buying their voices  —  Federated Media stepped in it with their latest campaign, getting some of its bloggers to issue not so bon mots on behalf of a not so bon advertiser, Microsoft.  —  I tried to warn Federated when I adamantly turned down two prior similar campaigns …
Discussion: Valleywag
Fred / A VC:
Why Is Nick Denton So "Old School"?  —  I have a lot of respect for Nick.  He's built a great media business in Gawker Media using blogs as the platform.  Valleywag is one of my "must reads" every day.  My girls tell me that Jezebel, Gawker's new women's gossip blog, is fantastic.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Valleywag
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Did Microsoft pay star writers?  —  Valleywag has a story that Federated Media is paying "star writers" to recite a Microsoft marketing slogan.  —  I sent emails to several of the writers and Microsoft PR.  I also asked John Battelle, the founder of Federated Media, if this is true.
Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
Are advertorials "blog-ready"?  —  In the murky annals of "advertorial" — the blurring of clear lines between independent editorial matter and advertising — the dustup over Federated Media's campaign on behalf of Microsoft's "People Ready" slogan will rank as a minor affair.
Mathew /
No, it's not really a "conversation"  —  I haven't posted anything about the current "blog storm" over Microsoft's ad campaign involving FM Publishing (which started with this post at Valleywag) because I wanted to take some time and think about it a bit — and in the blogosphere …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
People Ready  —  I'm bemused by the latest blogging 'controversy' to dominate Techmeme.  Normally I don't blog about these things, but this one has me as a central character - although I wasn't mentioned in the Valleywag piece that started it all.  The Silicon Valley gossip blog …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:   Brief Editorial Comment
Neil Chase / FM Blog:
Conversational Marketing Gets a Close Look
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
When A-List Became Elitist
Discussion: Webomatica and CNET
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Threatens to Close German Gmail Due to Local Law  —  According to information from Heise, Google warned that they might disable Gmail in Germany as last fallback should the German government maintain its position in regards to a newly passed law on record-keeping and supervision of internet traffic.
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Gmail Suffers German Travails  —  An all-but-final loss of the Gmail trademark case in Germany and a newly-passed law on retaining personal information on its users has Google's email service reeling.  —  Google might take its Gmail bat and ball, and go home.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and CNET
Ahmed / Tech Soapbox:
Hot off the Presses: Wowhead sold for over $1 million  —  Posted by Ahmed as Making the Monies, Sweet 2.0, I Don't Get it Department at 12:06 AM EDT  —  For those that have read my about page, I used to be involved in the MMO (massively multiplayer online) space.
Paul Buchheit:
Three types of ideas - bad ones are often the best  —  Product ideas can be divided into three categories:  — Obviously good ideas that are very difficult to implement.  Efficient cold-fusion, flying cars, and a lot of other sci-fi ideas fall into this group.
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Dismantling the Media With the BBC's News Director, Richard Sambrook  —  Richard Sambrook is surprisingly bloggy for the person who runs the BBC World Service.  (His official title is "Director of the BBC's Global News division.")  He blogged for years internally at the BBC, and then finally took it public at SacredFacts.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Report: Video game spending to surpass music spending this year  —  The video gaming industry is poised to overtake the music industry in the US, with global spending on video games surpassing music spending as soon as this year, according to consulting firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
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Censorship as trade barrier