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Daniel Gross / Slate:
Twilight of the Blogs  —  Are they over as a business?  —  As a cultural phenomenon, blogs are in their gangly adolescence.  Every day, thousands of people around the world launch their blogs on LiveJournal or the Iranian equivalent.  But as businesses, blogs may have peaked.
Creators, Synthesizers, and Consumers  —  As Yahoo! has been gobbling up many social media sites over the past year (Flickr, upcoming, I often get asked about how (or whether) we believe these communities will scale.  —  The question led me to draw the following pyramid on a nearby whiteboard:
Mark Evans:
Have Blogs Peaked?  —  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 the blogosphere …
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.
Dan Gillmor / Center for Citizen Media:   The Blog Bubble? … It's obvious that there's been way more hype lately than is healthy.
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 …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Amazon Will Take On iPod With Its Own Music Player  — is preparing to take on Apple Computer in digital music by introducing its own portable music player that would be linked to an online music service, according to several music industry executives involved with negotiations with Amazon.
Erick Schonfeld / CNN:
Segway creator unveils his next act  —  Inventor Dean Kamen wants to put entrepreneurs to work bringing water and electricity to the world's poor.  —  San Francisco (Business 2.0) - Dean Kamen, the engineer who invented the Segway, is puzzling over a new equation these days.
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Meet the New Boss, NOT the Same as the Old Boss — CEO Tom Rogers on the Future of TiVo  —  TiVo CEO Tom Rogers gave an exclusive interview to Bloomberg News earlier this week on Bloomberg's broadcast "Corner Office."  He talked about his own life personally as well as what TiVo …
Discussion: PVR Wire, HD Beat and Engadget
Jon Van / Chicago Tribune:
It's a Wi-Fi kind of town  —  Chicago seeks proposals for citywide Internet access  —  The City of Chicago wants to blanket its streets and neighborhoods with a wireless Internet signal, granting residents and visitors access to the Web wherever they are—on streets, in homes, offices and shopping malls.
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 …
Saritha Rai / New York Times:
India's Outsourcing Industry Is Facing a Labor Shortage  —  MUMBAI, India, Feb. 16 — India's leadership in global outsourcing may be in jeopardy unless it increases its supply of skilled workers, according to executives gathered here for an foindustry meeting.
Discussion: Manthan
Adam Green / Darwinian Web:
Is there an optimal size for a reading list?  —  I was reading Jim Moore's blog for the first time, and I came across this recommendation in his instructions for new users of OPML reading lists: … I've seen this idea before and it's always puzzled me.  Amy Bellinger makes the same point:
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and BlogBridge
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Naked Conversations TechCrunch Party Tomorrow  —  I'm pretty excited about the Naked Conversations TechCrunch Party tomorrow night starting at 7 pm.  —  We've been working hard for weeks to get the event together and, thanks to our sponsors, this should be the best one so far.
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
Michael / michael parekh on IT:
ON BLOGS STUCK IN A RUT  —  (UPDATE 2.17.06: There have been several creative suggestions on how today's blog infrastructure can be tweaked and morphed into doing some of the things I talk about in this post, both in the comments below and on other blogs like Zoli Erdos' blog here.
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:
Forrester's Social Computing report  —  We just published a new report, "Social Computing: How Networks Erode Institutional Power, And What To Do About It" (available to clients only, but it's getting some good distribution as I'm getting pinged about it left and right).  Here's the Executive Summary:
John Palfrey:
Statement Regarding the RSS 2.0 Specification  —  We've heard from a number of people about an uneasy (and unfounded) sense that something is happening with respect to the RSS 2.0 spec.  Just by way of clarification, nothing has changed from the perspective of Harvard, which is the owner and trustee of the RSS 2.0 spec.
Discussion: Workbench and Scripting News
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.

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