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Rafat /
Exclusive: Weblogs Inc Being Bought Out By America Online : [by Rafat Ali] As usual, you read it here first: Weblogs Inc, the blog media company founded by Jason Calacanis (pictured at We Media conference today) and Brian Alvey, is being bought by America Online, has learned from multiple sources.
AOL to buy Weblogs Inc. network for $25 mln-source  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5 (Reuters) - America Online Inc. has agreed to buy Weblogs Inc. — a network of Internet diaries focused on niche topics ranging from food to gadgets — for around $25 million, a source familiar with the deal said on Wednesday.
Russell / MobHappy:
Weblogs Inc Sells to AOL for $25 million  —  Congrats to Rafat Ali for the scoop that Weblogs Inc are selling to the venerable (and vulnerable) AOL for $25 million.  —  Assuming it's true, it's certainly a very fast turnaround from startup to sale - about two years - and Jason Calacanis …
Business Wire:
Post This: America Online Acquires Weblogs, Inc.  —  AOL and to Offer 85 New Blogs Covering a Wide Range of Hobbies, Lifestyles, Interests and Professions  —  In online content that ranges from music to movies, travel to tech, food to fashion, medicine to mortgages …
Robert Andrews / Wired News:
Tips From Top Taggers  —  After a few months of storing bookmarks online with tools like, many people find the tags they've used to categorize them are a hopeless mess.  So what are the best methods for getting your tag taxonomy in order?  —  According to CollaborativeRank's …
Discussion: Lifehacker
Robert Andrews / Wired News:   Tag, You're It: Best Bookmarker
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Web 2.0: Tagging  —  At Web 2.0 for the tagging session: SRO.
Discussion: and ben barren
Microsoft Announces New Product to Help Protect Business Customers  —  Q&A: Microsoft Client Protection is designed to protect business desktops, laptops and file servers from current and emerging malware threats.  —  REDMOND, Wash., October 6, 2005- Microsoft today announced Microsoft Client Protection …
New Consortium Links Security Partners Working on Microsoft Platform
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor
Olga Kharif / TechBeat:
Sprint-Nextel vs. Vonage: First Bicker, Then Make Up?  —  I just got done reading a 13-page lawsuit, alleging that Vonage, providing popular VoIP services, infringed on telco Sprint-Nextel's patents.  And I have to say that this is the tiniest, and the least detailed lawsuit I've ever seen.
Morpeth / Google Maps Mania:
Google Maps becomes Google Local  —  BECOMES..  —  Our observations of changes in the Google Maps site have been explained.  Google's product management group has merged 'Maps' and 'Local' together to make just.. "Google Local".  When you enter …
Discussion: The Map Room and All Points Blog
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:   Google Localizes Online Maps Service
Lisa DiCarlo / Forbes:
Sun, Google Deal Much Ado About Nothing  —  NEW YORK - Now that the dust has settled on Sun Microsystems' "collaboration" with marquee customer du jour Google, the verdict is in.  Investors got all worked up over nothing.  —  The broad consensus is that the deal announced between Sun …
John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Google, Sun to jointly develop better news conferences
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Companies of Web 2.0, Part 1  —  The Web 2.0 conference kicked off today with a number of great workshops.  The highlights for us were the Attention Trust board meeting (posts below) and, of course, the Launchpad workshop where a dozen companies presented in an hour and a half.
Discussion: BuzzMachine and SiliconBeat
Matt Cutts:
More details on Web 2.0 story  —  This is why I love having a blog.  Here's a story that includes a quote from me from a Web 2.0 panel: … What I mean by that is that competition makes things better for users and publishers.  If someone comes along and competes fairly and does a better job than Google …
Red Herring:   Web Ads Should Be Smarter
Jason / Flicker Gaming:
The Carnival of Gamers  —  Welcome!  —  This marks, I believe, the seventh Carnival of Gamers thus far, and I would congratulate it on lasting seven months except that the first four carnivals all happened in basically six weeks.  But regardless of time, seven is a pretty decent number …
Mark Glaser / Online Journalism Review:
Is Yahoo public enemy No. 1 for Big Media?  —  Yahoo has always worked closely with media companies.  But as Yahoo News rolls out original content, has Big Media's ally become a challenger?  —  Rare is the moment when a newspaper actually thinks out loud.
Joan Walsh / Salon:
A new design for a new decade  —  In honor of Salon's 10th birthday, we're treating our readers to a new look.  A letter from editor in chief Joan Walsh.  —  Print EmailFont: S / S+ / S++  —  It's hard to believe, but Salon celebrates its 10th anniversary next month.
Discussion: A Whole Lotta Nothing
CATCHWORDS  —  Stevens v Kabushiki Kaisha Sony Computer Entertainment  —  Intellectual property - Copyright - Circumvention devices - Circumvention of a technological protection measure - Definition of "technological protection measure" in s 10(1) of the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth) ("the Act" …
Discussion: Copyfight and GROKLAW
Intelligent Bacon:
16 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog.  Tips for Terrific Telephone Interviews.  —  You've got your blog set up and you've started posting pithy, useful information that your niche market would benefit from and enjoy.  Days go by, you keep publishing, but no one comments and your traffic stats are barely registering.
Discussion: Micro Persuasion

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