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WordPress.com Gets Comment Notifications WordPress.com Gets Comment Notifications
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WordPress announced that WordPress.com blogs are now getting comment notifications, with moderation and reply functionality. Approve, spam and trash links appear in the notifications for those who have permission to moderate. “Clicking Reply automatically approves a comment and displays an …

Tumblr Highlighted Posts Feature Launches Tumblr Highlighted Posts Feature Launches

Tumblr announced the launch of a new feature called “Highlighted Posts”. A post on the Tumblr Staff Blog explains: Every now and then, a post comes along that’s meant for big things. It could be pulling the wraps off your …

Country Specific Blog URLs Country Specific Blog URLs

Recently Google has found an awesome way to defend blogs against local law. Say you’re in the UK reading a blog, normally the URL would read (blogname).blogspot.com, but now with this new trick the URL can read (blogname).blogspot.com.uk. Pretty cool, …

Facebook and Twitter Users: The FBI Is Watching You Facebook and Twitter Users: The FBI Is Watching You
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The FBI is shopping around for a contractor to do some snooping for them on social media websites like Facebook and Twitter. In a document called “Social Media Application” (pdf) released on January 19, it was revealed that the Strategic …

Does Your Favorite Blog Make a Statement About You? Does Your Favorite Blog Make a Statement About You?

If you’re a regular, or even semi-regular web user, there are undoubtedly a number of favorite sites you have, including those that would be considered blogs. Even though there have been questions about the sustainability of blogs in a world …

Homeland Security Monitors Blogs, Twitter, Facebook Homeland Security Monitors Blogs, Twitter, Facebook
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Reuters announced yesterday that the Department of Homeland Security is monitoring a list of “publicly available online forums, blogs, public websites and message boards.” The list includes: * Facebook * Myspace (they note that Myspace is difficult to search – …

WordPress.com Storage Limits Increase For No Additional Cost WordPress.com Storage Limits Increase For No Additional Cost
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WordPress announced that it is giving people with WordPress.com blogs more space for storing media – at no additional cost. The additional space can be used to store photos, documents, audio files etc. Here’s how the plans are changing: 5GB …

Heather Harde Officially Out At TechCrunch (AOL) Heather Harde Officially Out At TechCrunch (AOL)

Last month, reports emerged that TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde, who since TechCrunch was acquired by AOL, has actually been general manager of AOL’s technology properties, had handed in her resignation. Today, it’s official. She’ll be stepping down at the end …

Tebowing Prank Results In Suspensions At A New York High School Tebowing Prank Results In Suspensions At A New York High School
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Everyone’s familiar with Tebowing, right? It’s kind of like planking, or owling, except a lot more ridiculous. Inspired by Denver Bronco quarterback and controversial sports figure Tim Tebow, Tebowing is described as “getting down on a knee and praying, even …

AOL Rumored To Be Looking For HuffPost President, ReadWriteWeb Acquired By Say Media AOL Rumored To Be Looking For HuffPost President, ReadWriteWeb Acquired By Say Media

It’s been quite a year for shake-up among prominent tech blogs. None have been more highly publicized than Michael Arrington leaving TechCrunch after it was acquired by AOL. A handful of others from TechCrunch also stepped away, or pulled back …

WordPress 3.3 Launched With Some UI Improvements WordPress 3.3 Launched With Some UI Improvements

WordPress has launched a new version of the WordPress software – version 3.3. Its nickname is “Sonny,” named after the jazz saxophonist Sonny Stitt (not entirely sure why). WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg says WordPress has had over 65 million downloads …

TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde Reportedly Leaving AOL TechCrunch CEO Heather Harde Reportedly Leaving AOL
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Who would have ever thought that AOL purchasing TechCrunch wouldn’t go down as a completely smooth journey off into the sunset? If you follow tech journalism news, you know that the journey has been anything but smooth, with the biggest …

Do You Know The Difference Between a Tribe and a Business? Do You Know The Difference Between a Tribe and a Business?

“Blogs and other social media are a brilliant way to build a ‘tribe’ around your point of view, but at what point does that become a business?” This was the question raised by Sonia Simone, CMO of Copyblogger, and Chris …

Tumblr Cracks Down on Spam Blogs Tumblr Cracks Down on Spam Blogs

NPR’s Fresh Air shared a message from Tumblr customer service on its own Tumblr blog talking about dealing with spam blogs, which evidently has become an increasingly big problem for Tumblr. “Please know that we’re aware of a recent increase …

Blogger Bloggers Can Customize Dynamic Views Blogger Bloggers Can Customize Dynamic Views
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About a month ago, Google launched Dyanmic Views for Blogger. This is an interesting concept that allows viewers of Blogger blogs to change the way the blog looks as they read it, giving the user more control over the look …

Google to Offer Google+-Based Blog Comments System? Google to Offer Google+-Based Blog Comments System?
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In a semi-related conversation with Shoemoney’s Jeremy Schoemaker, he tells WebProNews that he just talked to a Google engineer, who “alluded to the fact that Google might be developing a system with Google+ to allow people to comment.” Given that …

Google Launches Blogger Dynamic Views Google Launches Blogger Dynamic Views
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Google launched what it calls “Dyanmic Views” for its blogging platform Blogger, which gives users seven new ways to display their blogs. The seven views are: Classic, Flipcard, Magazine, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot and Timeslide. The following video shows them off: …

Will Uncrunched Become the New TechCrunch? Will Uncrunched Become the New TechCrunch?
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A couple weeks ago, it became official that TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington is no longer a part of AOL, after (and before) much drama unfolded. TechCrunch, so far, is going along with most of the same writers,though columnist Paul Carr …

WordPress Launches “Follow” Button to Help Drive Traffic to Your Blog WordPress Launches “Follow” Button to Help Drive Traffic to Your Blog
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WordPress has launched “follow” buttons for WordPress.com blogs, which it says will drive more traffic to your blog. Scott Berkun of WordPress says the button will “dramatically help pageviews and retention.” Anyone that is not logged into WordPress.com can visit …

Paul Krugman Sparks Controversy With 9/11 Post Paul Krugman Sparks Controversy With 9/11 Post
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The latest blogger to find himself in an internet shitstorm is New York Time’s opinion columnist Paul Krugman. Yesterday morning he posted a short article to his NYT blog, “The Conscience of a Liberal,” that has sparked quite the controversy. …

“TSA Rape” Blog Post A Matter of Free Speech? “TSA Rape” Blog Post A Matter of Free Speech?
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As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, many will take the time to not only reflect upon the day itself, but also the decade following the WTC attacks. American life has changed dramatically since that day, but it’s not always …