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Microsoft, Yahoo To Censor Chinese Bloggers

Microsoft and Yahoo have agreed to sign a pact with the Internet Society of China to sign up bloggers under their real names and to censor their posts according to Reporters Without Borders.

SES – PR Train Wrecks Don’t Address SEM

I attended my first session of the day at Search Engine Strategies (SES) San Jose in order to learn more about bad PR as it relates to SEO. Oops, no search discussed here.

VideoCafe To Offer Video Content To Bloggers

Online platform for video news content the NewsMarket has launched a new service that allows bloggers to source and embed video into their posts.

Why Bloggers Don’t Need a Labor Union

It appears some left-wing political bloggers are trying to form a labor union in hopes they’ll receive health insurance and better working standards. Here are five reasons why this is a stupid move.

1. Where do we draw the line?

It seems we can barely agree on how to define a blogger, so how do we decided who gets to join the union?

Do Bloggers Need To Unionize?
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There have always been pro-union people and anti-union people, and you can usually guess who’s what depending on their individual caste. In this case, though it carries with it the same arguments, it will have to be decided first if an industry has emerged from nebulous existence and into a viable, thriving industry.

What are Tech Bloggers Good for?

Dare Obasanjo asks “what are those A-list technology bloggers good for?”

He’s absolutely right! (I’ve been saying that a lot today — I’m in a very agreeable mood).

Gmail Envelopes Promo Videos

Google wants those budding Tarantinos to take a shot at ten seconds of fame making a quick video clip showing the Gmail M-velope passing across the screen.

Things To Remember When You Research Blogging
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Forgive me. I err on the side of art. That means I don’t like formulas much. Formulas give us over-saturation of reality shows, twisted versions of pure originals, and Spice Girl reunions. While I understand that making the intangible tangible can be valuable, the true visionaries pay no attention to how you’re supposed to do it.

Dark Side of AJAXy, All-Seeing LinkedIn

Sorry bout the overwrought headline – thought if I started with a ZDNet vibe you might be more likely to read. :)

Blogging, Payment, Incentives & Disclosure
Meg has opened up a discussion on the growing trend for bloggers in Australia to receive pitches from companies seeking to form relations with bloggers and use their blogs as a vehicle for product promotion.

Bloggers Criticized for Microsoft “Spokesblogging” Ads

If you’re reading this post on Monday morning, boy did you miss a flare-up over the weekend. I don’t even know where to begin!

Sourcing &News Content Blogger Survey

This week Marketwire and the Society for New Communication Research (SNCR) launched a survey to find how bloggers prefer to source and use news content.  As a Senior Fellow of SNCR I am conducting and tabulating the survey.  We will present the findings later in the year at the SNCR Symposium.

Ripples in the Blog Pond

Couple of things I came across in the feed reader and elsewhere concerning bloggers — one sort of funny (but with a serious point) and one that looks great on first glance, but less great on second glance. First, the funny: PSFK, the marketing and fashion blog, points us towards a rant from celebrity chef Mario Batali at the blog Eater.com about foodie bloggers. The great man says that:

Questions For Semel, Schmidt, And Sullivan
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There are questions we would love to have answered from some of the top figures in the search industry: a pair of CEOs and the search world’s most respected pundit.

American Reporter’s Arrest Captured On YouTube
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I may have spoken too soon yesterday, lauding the freedom of the press in America, contrasting it with Venezuelan President Chavez’ takeover of the airwaves. I didn’t speak out of turn, however, when sharing a sincere appreciation for the power of YouTube.

TechMeme: Anti-linking Engine

I’ve noticed this several times and thought I’d bring it up.

TechMeme seems to penalize bloggers who link to other bloggers. Most bloggers believe that a major part of how TechMeme decides which is the most important story is to count links. That isn’t true in following mine, and other people’s results.

I believe there’s a “linking penalty” on TechMeme. At least it seems that way after doing my own link counting.

Let’s say there’s three stories.

Bloggers Publishing Sensitive Company Info

E-consultancy has details of a new study by human resources firm Croner, suggesting that up to a third of bloggers risk getting fired due to posting damaging material about their employer.

Target Bloggers & Mainstream Media w/ Search Queries
Just how one does market research to see how competitive a marketplace is, you can also do market research to view how important some ideas have been historically.

Congress Adds Bloggers To Press Protections
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The US Government is recognizing the citizen blogosphere’s function in the operation of the press by introducing new legislation to offer bloggers the same protections as traditional journalists.

Bloggers Vs. Journalists

With the growing popularity of the blogosphere, many people believe it could be a threat for journalists. At the Web 2.0 Expo, WebPronews caught up with Tris Hussey of One by One Media to discuss the growth of this matter. The print media, newspapers primarily, may need to make adjustments to keep up with the current trends.

Blogger “W ackos” Upset By Columnist Rant
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A popular South African columnists not just reduced the blogosphere to a concert hall of air guitar players (which is pretty funny, you got to admit), but placed anonymous blogger "wackos" in a camp with the Virginia Tech shooter – and not so much in the metaphoric sense. 

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