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Social Media Whirlwind Leaves Las Vegas

The BlogWorld Expo has ended, and most of its participants have found their way home from Las Vegas. Now, for those who either didn’t make it to the city or had so much fun that the details are a little hazy, we’ll try to sum up some of the conference’s main points.

BlogWorld Expo: Building A Brand

Advice can live or die based on the standing of whoever’s giving it, and reputation management is an especially tricky subject.  Rather than have some unheard-of folks talk about blogs and branding, then, BlogWorld’s keynote tapped two people who are rather well known.

Microsoft Approved for $40 Billion Share Repurchase

Microsoft’s board of directors has approved a share buyback for Microsoft to the tune of $40 billion, with an expiration date of September 30, 2013.

The board also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share, reflecting a two cent or 18 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. Said dividend is payable December 11, 2008 to shareholders of record on November 20, 2008. The ex-dividend date will be November 18, 2008.

Google Lets You Embed Books

Today, Google has made the books that it features in Google Book Search available to embed on any website, similar to the way you can embed a YouTube video. Here’s how.

MTV Networks Purchases Social Project
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MTV Networks, a division of Viacom, said today it has purchased Social Project, Inc., its partner in creating the Flux social media platform.

Flux allows users to share content across a network of more than 1,000 entertainment and music Web sites with more than 7.5 million registered users. Previously, MTVN held a minority stake in Social Project.

Yahoo Forms Digital Advisory Council
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Yahoo said today that it has created Digital Advisory Council that will be made up of industry executives from its agency and advertising partners.

Yahoo says the council will work to explore the ongoing evolution of digital media and online advertising.

Comcast Unveils Online Management Plan

Comcast has released details to U.S. regulators about how it will manage traffic on its high speed Internet network.

"As we previously announced in March, we are changing the way we manage network congestion by the end of this year.  The new technique does not manage congestion based on the protocol or application a consumer uses," Comcast said in a statement. 

BlogWorld Expo: Putting Social Media Into the Newsroom

BlogWorldWebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson was present for the "Putting Social Media Into the Newsroom" session at BlogWorld over the weekend. Speakers at this session included Jason Falls, Jeremy Pepper, and Daniel Honigman.

BlogWorld Expo: The Best Ways To Approach Bloggers
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Bloggers can offer companies a great way of getting in contact with potential customers and angry critics.  Sending out unsolicited releases is not, however, the best method of reaching bloggers, and so a session at the BlogWorld Expo explored the relationship between bloggers and PR departments.

BlogWorld Expo: Microjournalism

BlogWorldWebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson was present for the "Microjournalism: Breaking news in 140 words or less" session at BlogWorld on Saturday. This one featured Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, and Laura Fitton.

BlogWorld Expo 2008

BlogWorld Expo 2008 Conference Coverage!

This weekend, the entertainment capital of the world played host to the world’s largest blogging and new media conference. WebProNews was there to cover the event, and our articles and videos relay information from all sorts of specialists and experts.

As keynote speakers Steve Rubel and Guy Kawasaki might agree, BlogWorld Expo constitutes a can’t-miss source of information. Be sure to follow our reports for some of the best tips a person can receive without personally visiting Las Vegas.

BlogWorld Expo: State of the Blogosphere Address
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BlogWorldWebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson was present for the State of the Blogosphere Address and Opening Keynote session at BlogWorld on Saturday.

BlogWorld Expo: Both Sides Of The Pro Blogging Coin

Perhaps you’re part of an organization that needs to hire a blogger.  Or perhaps you’re an unattached blogger who wants to connect with a real corporation.  Either way, speakers at the BlogWorld Expo covered important basics during a session called "How To Hire A Professional Blogger For Your Business."

BlogWorld Expo: Keynote Luncheon with Rubel and Kawasaki

BlogWorldWebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson was present for the keynote luncheon at the BlogWorld Expo, where star bloggers Steve Rubel and Guy Kawasaki spoke with one another on a variety of topics from Yahoo to Mahalo.

BlogWorld Expo: New Media 101
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Andy Wibbels, product manager for Blogs.com, at Six Apart spoke about the basic fundamentals of new media and blogging.

(WebProNews spent the weekend in Vegas at the BlogWorld Expo and chatted up the brightest minds in the blogging business. Stay tuned to WebProNews and WebProNews Video for updates.)

He described a blog saying it "Looks like a diary, but it’s not just a diary." Blogs are managed with a blog platform such as WordPress or TypePad.

Democrat State Rep’s Son Target In Palin Email Hacking
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It looks like a young enthusiastic Democrat got carried away in the hunt for Sarah Palin dirt.

The Obama campaign and the Democratic party reportedly has lots of lawyers and others officially looking for dirt on Palin so its no wonder that David Kernell, the son of a Democrat politician thought he was duty bound to go the extra mile and break into Palin’s Yahoo account.

MySpace Music to Face Antitrust Suits?
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Myspace_3MySpace music is now scheduled to launch this week, but an antitrust lawsuit may be in the making as indie labels in the EU a

EFF Sues President Bush Over Internet Surveillance
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against President George W. Bush and others in his administration for the illegal surveillance of emails and telephone calls without a warrant.

The suit also names the National Security Agency (NSA), Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney’s chief of staff David Addington, and former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales.

BlogWorld: How To Build You, Inc.

I just arrived at Blogworld Expo and am getting ready for a weekend of great bonding with more than a thousand fellow bloggers as well as two great sessions that I am looking forward to. My first is on a panel moderated by my friend Kelly Feller from Intel all about social media case studies from the real world.

BlogWorld Expo: How to Seduce Your Tribe and Create Raving Fans
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WebPronews anchor Abby Prince-Johnson attended the BlogWorld session entitled " How to Seduce Your Tribe and Create Raving Fans ". The gist of this session from what I gather is about how new media and social media account for the biggest change in the worlds of both business and politics.

Mac Social Network Net4Mac Comes to iPhone

With social networking taking the mobile world by storm, it comes as no surprise that net4mac, the social network made specifically for Mac users has become available for the iPhone.

Hacker Claims Responsibility For Palin Email Breach
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It’s not been a good week, online or off, for the McCain campaign, but it’s been especially brutal online. The biggest news, aside from the obvious fundamentally strong economic crisis occurring Monday, has been the hacking of Sarah Palin’s email account.

BlogWorld: Dave Taylor Explains How We Got Here

The answer to the question “Where are we going?” has never been so uncertain. That’s probably not true, what I just said—likely every generation walks that line of dread. Our generation, if we were to follow Dave Taylor, would end up where he did eventually—at some future crossroads equally uncertain—but we’d surely arrive there by different roads.

BlogWorld Expo: Using Social Media To Drive Traffic
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At the BlogWorld Expo in Las Vegas, Don Crowther, founder of SMARTS, spoke about using social media to bring traffic to your Web sites.

(WebProNews will be spending the weekend in Vegas. Bummer, right? But we will be working, reporting from the BlogWorld Expo and chatting up the brightest minds in the blogging business. Stay tuned to WebProNews and WebProNews Video for updates.)

He said social marketing is "using social media to actually do what you want them to do."