Kentucky Governor Cracks Down On Online Gambling
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Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has announced he wants to shut down 141 illegal Internet gambling sites in the state in an effort to stop unregulated online gaming.

Beshear has filed a civil suit against the 141 domain names and is asking the court to force the sites to block access to Kentucky users or give up control of their domain names.

Universities Use Social Networks for Applicant Screening
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When you’re a kid, say in high school, you don’t always consider the potential consequences for all your actions, especially on a career level. This is even truer when you don’t even have an idea of what you’re going to do with your life. When I was in high school, I had no idea that I would eventually be writing for an online publication. I didn’t even know where I would be going to college. I’m glad social networks were not in existence yet (not that I’m admitting to any foul behavior).

More Advertisers Move Against Google-Yahoo Deal
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The passage of time isn’t making people look upon the potential Google-Yahoo search ad deal with any more favor.  The World Federation of Advertisers has now joined a large group of organizations by stepping forward and objecting to the partnership.

Google Phone Comes Out Today!
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G1Today’s the big day for the Google Phone. T-Mobile will announce the availability of the G1 today, the HTC-manufactured phone featuring Google’s Android mobile platform. The phone is expected to be the top competitor for Apple’s iPhone, and will supposedly cost $199 with a two-year contract.

Netflix Strikes Deal With CBS, Disney
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Online movie rental service Netflix said today that it has signed agreements with the CBS Television Network and Disney-ABC Television Group that will allow current season episodes of a number of TV shows to be streamed at Netflix.

The Status on MySpace Music

The projected launch date of MySpace Music has changed a lot lately, but is still expected to launch before the end of the month. That gives us about one more week. It could launch anytime until then, but it’s starting to feel like they’re going to wait until the last possible minute.

Reasons for Delay

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.