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Google and the Two-Class Blog Policy

Lots of sites reporting news that Google has taken down a Blogger blog, after it posted a death threat against a New Zealand politician.

Google spokeswoman Victoria Grand today said the weblog was taken down this morning after a complaint from the Ministry of Social Development. She said it was not just yesterday’s death threat that prompted the site shutdown, but that Google believed it was repeat violation of site rules.

MySpace Sending Spam?

I lived to see this day come to bear .. Myspace sending SPAM "member" emails, to an email address, that doesn’t exist (bliggy[at]bliggs.com), on one of my domains.

All the headers are legit, and the "member" email is sent to a "confirmed email". Go figure guys.

Force People to Read Your Comments Policy

As recently shown, people don’t read your terms of service. My stats also show that people don’t read my comments policy before posting a comment. Sometimes I am forced to delete comments from possibly well meaning people who don’t realise that their comment might be looked on as spam .

Google’s Policy on No follow and Reviews

I’m not exactly sure what caused all this secondary fuss about no-follow and reviews lately but I think it’s time someone pointed out that Google is being extremely hypocritical about the entire thing and using fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to corral web publishers to their way of thinking.

Does Adsense Hate Bloggers and Publishers?

The headline may sound a little harsh, but based on their recent Adsense policy updates as noted by Jensense, it’s the conclusion that has to be made.

Roundup: Digg Spam Policy

I wasn’t sure about posting about getting the nix from digg earlier this week, but apparently it was on many people’s minds.

Your Blog – Does it Have a Disclosure Policy?

With more pressures on bloggers to disclose their business relationships, Weblog Tools Collection points to a neat Wordpress plugin that helps bloggers set up their own disclosure policy.

Web 2.0 Policy Lacking in Communication Departments
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The Peppercom and Bulldog Reporter Business Blogging Survey conducted on 1,200 marketing industry executives from the United States and United Kingdom, revealed some startling disconnects in corporate communication policy on both sides of the pond…

Web 2.0 Policy Lacking in Corporate Communication

PR left holding the baby when things go wrong.

Are Information Exams the Next SATs?

The company that produces the Student Aptitude Test is developing a new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) exam that tests skills such as computer proficiency and search engine aptitude, and may soon be as relevant as the SAT itself.

Support For Service Pack 1 Ends

Windows XP Service Pack 1 has reached the end of its rope, at least in terms of official support.

Rocketboom’s Ad Policy Returns Power To People

Andrew Baron of Rocketboom fame may have sealed his position as an advertising visionary. His approach, detailed during a keynote address at the Podcast and Portable Media Expo, had everyone buzzing. A $20,000 discount for likeable commercials? Disney should shoot for an audience of 10,000?

States Define Law Blogs As Advertising

Another indication that the law is struggling to keep up with technology in a useful way, proposed restrictions in New York could prevent lawyers from setting blogs about law.

Vuitton Bags Win In Google Case

Selling trademarks to competitors with AdWords may be a practice seeing its end of days at Google, as luxury brand Louis Vuitton declared victory after a French court ruling.

Oracle Appcasts

I talked about Oracle Podcasting in a previous post. They now have a more Applications oriented podcast available called Oracle Appcasts.

Business Management: Honesty as a Policy

Business people often have a blind spot when examining their own companies.

Blue Hen Breaks Facebook Policy
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Users of the popular Facebook college and high school networking site may not create accounts under fake names, and a reporter with the University of Delaware Review caught one school administration staffer doing just that.

Blogger Says There Is No Search Box Policy

Blogger Buzz has posted that the story from late last week, where a BlogSpot user said he was told to remove the MSN Search box from his blog, never happened.

Do You Have An Employee Blog Policy?

AlwaysOn shares some interesting survey data on employers’ blog policies.

Microsoft Revamps Blog Removal Policy

The company announced a new “policy framework” concerning the removal of blogs from its MSN Spaces services when requested to do so by a government.

Microsoft Establishes Blog Censorship Policy

Reuters is reporting that, responding to criticism over how it pulled the blog of a critic of the Chinese government, has pledged to create rules governing how it will deal with such situations in the future.