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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
OPML "crappy" Robertson says  —  James Robertson: "Ye gods, it's time someone came out and said something.  OPML is a really, really crappy format."  —  James, here's the deal.  I really don't care about specs.  I'm a user here.  When users say they want something the correct answer …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Developer challenge: I'll switch blogs to the first blogging service that supports OPML  —  Here's the deal.  I will switch to the blogging tool that outputs OPML automatically like what Michael Arrington did by hand.  —  Will it be a Microsoft service?  I hope so.
James Kew / Resident Alien:
A storm in the OPML teacup  —  An interesting little exchange over at Scobleizer.  Robert Scoble wants blogging tools to support OPML.  James Robertson questions this, calling OMPL "a really crappy format".  And this sends Robert flying off the handle:
Discussion: Scobleizer
James A. Robertson / Smalltalk Tidbits, Industry Rants:
Some one has to say it  —  Scoble wants OPML: … Ye gods, it's time someone came out and said something.  OPML is a really, really crappy format.  Really crappy.  I had massive headaches implementing OPML support for import/export in BottomFeeder.  Why?  Because there's no real specification.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OPML - An Awesome Experiment  —  We've been following the evolution of Dave Winer's OPML Editor for most of this year (TechCrunch Profile).  We've experimented with it, but never fully understood all of the incredible potential that it has.  —  Now we get it.
Discussion: WeBreakStuff and Library clips
Brooks Boliek / Reuters:
Senators turning up heat on P2P pirates  —  WASHINGTON (Hollywood Reporter) - Lawmakers pushed federal authorities Wednesday to crack down on peer-to-peer services that pirate copyrighted works, while one P2P operator told them pressure from the recording industry was forcing him to change his ways.
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
And when will there be a museum of blogging?  —  I suppose it's appropriate that we had a meeting about the future of media with old media and new, big media and small, mass media and personal at the Museum of Television & Radio's Media Center.  The big guys aren't history yet.  But I suppose they could be.
David Weinberger / Joho the Blog:
Bloggers and journalists at it again
Discussion: Weblogsky and Blogspotting
Declan McCullagh / CNET
Ray Kurzweil deciphers a brave new world  —  Ray Kurzweil was one of the most remarkable and prolific inventors of the late 20th century.  —  Now Kurzweil, who can claim credit for developing the first text-to-speech synthesizer and the first CCD flat-bed scanner, is busy inventing a future …
Yahoo! Search blog:
Webmasters, tell us what we don't know  —  Having been to a couple of Search Engine Strategies conferences, I realized how much you look to search engines for information on how your content is indexed by them.  I've heard stories of elaborate scripts that scrape search engines, using 'site …
Adam Hertz / Technorati Weblog:
Site Performance and Improvement Update  —  We've been making a lot of updates and tweaks to our backend, as described at the beginning of the month.  Most of these changes have been around speed and performance, and I hope that you've noticed the difference.  We've also been listening to a lot of your feedback and comments.
Discussion: . . . Get Real and Sifry's Alerts
Terry Pedwell / Globe and Mail:
What's with them young whippersnappers?  —  Ottawa — Canadians illegally download 14 music CDs or other files from the Internet for every file they take from the web legally, a new recording-industry poll suggests.  —  The illegal downloading has cost retail music stores more than half …
Discussion: Techdirt and IT Facts
Brad Hill / The Unofficial Google Weblog:
Google, UPN, and Baby Steps  —  Google's headline-inducing acquisition of "Everybody Hates Chris" is part of a larger deal than I realized when that TV pilot was first released on Google Video.  Google has reportedly signed an agreement with UPN to provide streaming access to already-aired TV shows …
Discussion: IP Democracy, InsideGoogle, 925.M and digg
San Francisco Chronicle:
Google confirms Ames plan  —  Search engine plans offices, partnership with space agency  —  Google Inc. confirmed Wednesday that it will build up to 1 million square feet of offices at NASA Ames Research Center and collaborate with the space agency on research surrounding topics …
Lynn Fox /
NASA Takes Google on Journey into Space
Discussion: The Map Room and Miami Herald
Scott M. Fulton, III / Tom's Hardware Guide:
Dell extends XPS series, confirms 256 MByte memory requirement for Vista PCs  —  New York (NY) - In a press conference to unveil Dell's an extended and updates range XPS line of products, founder and chairman Michael Dell told reporters that for any computer to be "Vista ready," …
Bradley S. Klapper / Associated Press:
U.S. Insists on Keeping Control of Web  —  GENEVA — A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium's principal overseer.
Jacob Reider, MD / Family Medicine Notes:
Grand Rounds #53 Published  —  Here is Grand Rounds for the week of September 26th, 2005.  It's the 1-year anniversary of Grand Rounds - and I want to thank Nick for setting up and coordinating this weekly review of medical weblogs.  Grand Rounds has grown enormously over the past year …
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