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Blogger Hits Jackpot with Sweet Deal from Bankrate
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Reports have surfaced that Bankaholic.com, a WordPress blog run by Johns Wu (alone) is selling for $15 million to BankRate. That’s quite a deal for Wu, I’d say. According to paidContent.org, Wu gets $12.4 million up front, with another $2.5 million possible earnout over the next 12 months.

Get Relevant Quotes With Latest Google Labs Project
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The latest project to come from Google Labs is called "In Quotes". Basically what it does is pull quotes from stories linked to from Google News. You can search for a keyword or phrase, and it will find quotes talking about it.

What Are Blogs Good For?

If someone asked you today what your blog does for your site and your business, what would you say? MarketingSherpa asked almost 4000 people the same question (free access for a limited time). The number one response? The blog “improves our web presence through search/feeds.”

Google Rolls Out Red Carpet For Convention Bloggers

Google is helping to set up an 8,000 square-foot headquarters for bloggers attending the Democratic convention in Denver next week and will provide similar services at the Republican convention in September.

Journalist/Blogger Leroy Sievers Passes Away

Leroy Sievers passed away on Friday.

He won quite a few awards for his journalism and news production efforts over the years, working with NPR, CBS, and ABC.

Google Defamation Suit Sparks Blogging Controversy

The Wired Blog Network, revealed the mystery behind the Google defamation law suit in India.

Bloggers Take Aim At Olympic Fakery
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Bloggers are expressing their anger today after it was revealed that China decided at the Olympic opening ceremony to have a cute little girl lip-synching for the real singer who had crooked teeth.

Is The Blogher Conference Sexist?

To those organizers I challenge them to look in the mirror and realize that you’ve now become the same evil and sexist pigs you started out with the goal of overcoming.

What To Look For At SES San Jose

You’ve probably picked up that this week is about SES San Jose from Dana and Ashley’s “15 Things Not to Miss at SES San Jose” followed by Jessica’s “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” post.  I am also headed out to sunny California next month.

Traditional Media vs. Bloggers

OK, so the headline is admittedly a bit sensational, but it got you reading, didn’t it? I’ve been meaning to share some observations and thoughts on the changing media landscape for a while, but just haven’t gotten around to it. Until now.

Blogger Arrests On The Rise
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An increasing number of bloggers are being arrested for criticizing governments and exposing human rights abuse, according to a report from the University of Washington.

Since 2003, 64 citizens have been arrested for expressing their views on a blog. In 2007 three times as many people were arrested for blogging about political issues than in 2006. Over half of the arrests in the last five years were made in China, Egypt and Iran.

Bloggers In Singapore Question Escape Of Militant
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The state controlled media and government in Singapore have been heavily criticized by bloggers for not providing details about how an Islamic militant escaped from prison.

Paying Writers Based on Traffic

It may be a new year, but we’re still talking (well, some of us are anyway) about an old issue: namely, the idea of paying writers based on the traffic they get.

The focus of the debate right now is Gawker, where Nick Denton has apparently started paying his bloggers based in part on how many views their posts get. This one has been around for awhile, but now it’s official thanks to a memo on (Gawker-owned) Valleywag.

NCAA Goes Medieval On Live Blogging

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Fearing the practice of live blogging has the potential to draw fans away from actually watching or listening to the broadcast version of the game, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) isn’t just dictating whether live blogging can or cannot be performed during sporting events, but also how often.

Another ‘Fear Twitter’ Post

Twitter Is Dangerous.

Yeah right… Bloggers with their gloom and doom are more dangerous. The gist of this ‘fear twitter’ story is that people are, gasp, talking to more than one person!

PRO IP Bill Slammed By Bloggers
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The priorities of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (“PRO IP”) Act of 2007 have been criticized on several points.

The Danger of Aggressive Ad Placement
When I did a recent Q&A thread one of the recurring themes with sites that were struggling was AdSense ads positioned above their content.

Many websites are never given the chance to grow because they monetize too aggressively and look to spammy to enjoy the benefits of organic growth and community building.

3′s Plans for the Coming Year
I spent an interesting and enjoyable couple of hours at mobile operator 3’s UK headquarters in Maidenhead last week in the company of a handful of bloggers and some executives from 3.

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Photo Site Looks to Bloggers for Profits

Reuters details a new program from Corbis giving bloggers access to some of its photos.

Woops, Bloggers Give Nissan Too Much Credit

Did you know that Nissan has developed a new kind of paint that can change colors on command? It was news to Nissan, too.

Court: Blogspot Blogger May Remain Anonymous

Mayer Fertig at the Jewish Star on November 2nd reports (my link/ emphasis):

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