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Clive Thompson /
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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Can We Stop with the A,B,Cs Already?  —  In a cover story that will surely generate tons of conversation and alienate lots of bloggers (now there's a way to sell print mags), New York Magazine crunches the numbers that make the blogosphere tick.  They analyzed both bloggers who were successful …
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Blogging and the Elusive Mass Audience
Discussion: Newsome.Org, clock and IP Democracy
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 and Boing Boing
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
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 …
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.
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.
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:
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.
Microsoft Acquires Mobile Search Technology Provider MotionBridge  —  Deal enhances Windows Live services with innovative search solutions for mobile operators and their customers spanning work and play.  —  BARCELONA, Spain — Feb. 13, 2006 — Today, at the 3GSM World Congress 2006 …
Discussion: Scobleizer and 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 …
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.
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
Gizmodo, The Gadget Blog:
XBox 360 Hacked - Full HD/Memory Card Read-Write  —  Another day, another compromised closed-source project.  The XBox 360 filesystem has been cracked wide open and you can now move saved games to and from your 360 using a piece of software called xplorer360, a SATA cable, and/or a hacked USB cable.
Lia Miller / New York Times:
So Many Models in Bikinis, So Many Ways to See Them  —  This year, fans of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue will have an abundance of choice when it comes to formats for viewing the bikini-clad supermodels.  In addition to the magazine, which appears on newsstands tomorrow …
Discussion: SON-OF-A-PITCH
Drew / 3bubbles:
3Bubbles - Breaking the Chains  —  Feels nice to finally break out of stealth mode and see all the conversations popping up around the blogosphere about 3bubbles since last Friday when /Message and TechCrunch released a sneak peak.  We have already received over 1,400 emails from people interested in the 3bubbles beta!

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