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A Spanish great-grandmother known as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 97 in the northern Spanish province of La Coruna.

Maria Amelia Lopez, who started blogging after being introduced to it by one of her grandchildren, grabbed readers attention with a mix of memories and humor about her long life that included living through Spain’s Civil War and years of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco.

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A Spanish great-grandmother known as the world’s oldest blogger has died at the age of 97 in the northern Spanish province of La Coruna.

Maria Amelia Lopez, who started blogging after being introduced to it by one of her grandchildren, grabbed readers attention with a mix of memories and humor about her long life that included living through Spain’s Civil War and years of dictatorship under General Francisco Franco.

Why Would Twitter Kill RSS?
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There is no question that Twitter and RSS have some things in common. However, they are not the same, and Twitter will not kill the feed reader. This is a concept I have seen come up a number of times, and frankly, I just don’t see it happening, at least not without some dramatic changes in how Twitter is presented to its users.

Nielsen: The Rise and Rise of Power Moms

The power of mommy bloggers continues to gain momentum. At least that’s what recent research from Nielsen Online appears to show.

According to Nielsen, the number of “Power Moms” online is rising (pdf).   Identified as those women aged between 25 and 54 with at least one child and who regularly participate in online activities, this segment now accounts for almost 20% of the active online population.

Google Latitude Badge Launched for Blogger
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Google has released the Public Location Badge, which allows users to publish geographic information to their blog automatically whenever they go somewhere. The badge is powered by Google Latitude.

If you’re unfamiliar with Google Latitude, it is a feature of Google Maps that when enabled, shows your friends your current location wherever you are if you have given it permission to do so.

What Separates a Blogger from a Journalist?
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The New York Times is running an article looking at "hyperlocal" web sites as replacements to traditional newspapers. The catalyst for the concept is obviously the fact that some newspapers have been dying off, at least in print form.

Getting More Blog Readers and Twitter Followers
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Of people who both blog and tweet, the majority would overwhelmingly prefer to have more blog readers than followers on Twitter. This is according to surveys conducted by Darren Rowse who runs ProBlogger and TwiTip.

FTC to Regulate Blogs and Social Media?
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The Federal Trade Commission plans to begin regulating blogs and social media. While they’re getting tougher on results-based advertising, they are also looking at going after blogs and social media users who portray products they’re promoting in a less than accurate light. AdAge explains:

Google Launches Mobile Blogging Capabilities for Blogger
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Google has updated the Blogger dashboard to simplify setting up email and mobile posting for Blogspot blogs. It now supports SMS, MMS, and email posting. The idea is that you can easily post updates to your blog easily while you are on the go.

Olympic Athlete’s Mother Sues Google
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The mother of a US Olympic speed skater has filed suit against Google demanding the company delete an alleged defamatory blog post published by a deceased blogger on Blogspot.

Winter Olympics fans were dazzled in 2006 by the performance of Shani Davis, the first African American speed skater to make the Olympic team. Davis went on to win gold and silver medals and set a number of world records.

Google Helps Identify Anonymous Blogger
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Free speech has always been an irritant to those who become the target of it; freedom in general is a frightening concept to some because of the broad blanket it throws over the righteous and the sinful alike. And as always it seems many people support the freedom concept so long as it supplies protections for the liberties they themselves choose to enjoy—enjoy the wrong set of liberties and you’ll suddenly find far fewer true believers in the founding principles of the American experiment.

Alaskan Politician Outs Anonymous Blogger
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There are lots of politicians out there who aren’t thrilled with the anonymous free speech the Internet offers. If they don’t know the blogger’s name, they don’t know who to be mad at. One Alaskan political blogger got so under a representative’s skin the representative spent months trying to find and disclose her identity.

You know, because apparently there’s nothing else to do in the Alaskan legislature at the moment.

Big Publishers Want Special Treatment from Google
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Update: In an interesting turn to this story, the New York Times has eliminated 993,000 article pages as it rolls International Herald Tribune (IHT) into the NYT site. Instead of redirecting the articles to the same article on NYT, they all simply go now to one landing page.

Reading, Writing, ‘Rithmetic & Twitter?
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The horrors of war and the odd perversions of the Victorian era might be a little much for an eight year old. But Twitter, blogging, podcasting, and Wikipedia might just be the 21st century ticket to learning.

Educators in Britain are mulling proposed changes to primary school curriculum that would require kids be taught modern Web-based communication and information retrieval skills instead of teaching them about World War II. War they can learn about in high school.

Why Bloggers (All People) Need To Count As Journalists
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Recently WebProNews readers fired off a couple hundred comments regarding the US House of Representatives’ definition of journalist in the Free Flow of Information Act, a law shielding journalists from having to reveal their sources. A new development in Virginia involving a citizen journalist shows why this definition needs to be broadened to include bloggers, and any other type of journalist.

Bloggers Battle Over Sponsored Conversations
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A Forrester report released yesterday kicked off once again the debate over paying bloggers to write about products and companies. Blogging purists, new media marketing experts, and Google’s Matt Cutts have all weighed in, indicating this is hardly a debate that will soon be put to rest.

Apple Shareholders Live Blog In Press’s Absence

Before Apple’s shareholder meeting began today in Cupertino, Calif., members of the press were upset about it being more of a “prevent” than an event. Apple barred the press from live-blogging or even carrying laptops or smartphones into the meeting—the gag rule didn’t apply to shareholders themselves apparently.

Google Penalizes Itself
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Go ahead and laugh, because it is funny. Google Japan’s probably too embarrassed to laugh, though, and someone somewhere is likely to resemble the spittle-drenched apologist from the movie Gung Ho.

Google Japan, according to its apology, was apparently unaware of the company’s own terms of service. Paying a Japanese pay-per-post promotion company to pimp its new Hot Keywords blog widget caused the website to be busted down from PR 9 to PR 5.

$3 Million With A Blog
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Earlier this week I wrote about certain A-listers hanging up their blogging uniforms, largely inspired by Newsweeks’ Dan Lyons and his blogging disillusionment moment. Many of our readers responded with their opinions on blogging, and now the original blogger, Dave Winer, offers his own rebuttal.

Why We Blog

Anyone dealing with reader commentary has probably had second thoughts about the wisdom of allowing just anybody to have a moment on their stage. Flamers, haters, idiots, bigots, and crazies—we get them all. But reader commentary on my recent editorial about A-list bloggers hanging up their jerseys was so thoughtful and passionate, I thought they deserved a brighter spotlight.

Blogging Hits Crossroads: A-Listers Giving Up
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An old colleague of mine used to joke he was one of millions whose job it was to “feed the internet.” This past November, an alumnus of a prestigious writing program in Louisville, Ky. told soon-to-be-alumni his blogging career was short-lived because, like a bad girlfriend, his blog constantly needed him.