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I Want to Be Like Mike

There are many successful bloggers that I look up to and constantly track their every move - although I’m not quite stalking them yet.

Google Earth Gets Audio Layer

Google Earth has always been about visuals – interesting sights, but pretty much no sounds.  That recently changed with the introduction of a new layer from Wild Sanctuary.  The layer features “the sounds of nature” recorded at all sorts of places and times of day and night.

U.S. Army Declares War On Soldiers’ Blogs

“Service before self,” says the U.S. Air Force, and the unofficial Navy motto, “Not self but country,” follows a similar line of thought.  But it’s members of the Army who are being asked something new in regards to their “selves”: Soldiers must now “consult with their immediate supervisor and their OPSEC [Operations Security] Officer” before sending e-mails or posting on blogs.

Ad-Tech: ‘Content is King! (Again?)’ Keynote

Yesterday morning I attended the ad:tech 2007 keynote panel session entitled "Content is King!

Looking at DoubleClick’s Past
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Google News Archive search is a nice way to recap coverage of a person or company throughout the years. Here are bits and pieces of past DoubleClick coverage.

ISPs Still Ducking Clickstream Questions

The issue of data privacy has long been one of intense debate and speculation across the blogosphere. Reports have surfaced here and there of ISPs selling clickstream data to third party advertisers for mere cents per user. As journalists continue seeking answers, the ISPs are remaining conspicuously tight-lipped about their data practices.

MS PR Firm Becomes The Story

Big corporations hire public relations firms to ensure that their message gets out as intended, to avoid embarrassing gaffes by staffers unaccustomed to dealing with the press, and so on.

Google Provides 120TB Storage to Hubble Researchers

Google’s entered the moving and storage business. No, not PODS, but the technological equivalent – they’re helping Hubble researchers transfer 120 terabytes of data and offering storage too.

RIAA Targets Michigan Students, Draws NPR Ire
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Privacy is a hot word around the blogosphere today; Google is protecting it and the RIAA is employing every trick in their playbook to circumvent a user’s right to privacy by pressuring ISPs and Universities to voluntarily hand over identifying information pertaining to users who are allegedly violating copyright law by sharing digital music over the school’s network.

Reputation 1.0 Not Working Yet

Media 2.0 meets Reputation 1.0, the interoperability is a little shoddy, but hey, that never stopped us before.

RIAA Targets Internet Radio
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In a decision that could drive the nail in the coffin to Internet radio providers, the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board has endorsed a proposal by SoundExchange to enact royalty rates for webcasts and streaming music sites that will stay in effect from 2006 until 2010.

Wired Digg Slam Offside

The story in Wired magazine entitled

J’accuse! Wired Attacked Over Digg Story
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Annalee Newitz engaged in a test of Digg’s ability to withstand a paid effort to boost a story to Digg’s front page, and has earned her some pointed barbs from the blogosphere.

Reputation Manipulation

User-generated ranking systems are increasingly important these days. Would you buy something on eBay without checking the seller’s feedback rating?

Wired: Bloggers Get it Wrong

Wired Magazine’s Ryan Singel and Kevin Poulsen says that the bloggers got it wrong about Ted Stevens "protecting children" bill. The Wired post ends: "Also the blog world famously claims it’s self-correcting. 27B anxiously awaits proof."

Wikipedia isn’t commercial? Yeah, right.

By the way, Ryan and Kevin’s blog post doesn’t have a link to the bill’s text that works. Anyone have a link that works? Post it in my comments. Thanks!

Join Facebook, Become A CIA Operative

Social networking has become the hip new platform for many professionals such as marketers, musicians, writers, tech evangelists, and a multitude of others. It seems that now the U.S. Government has taken notice of social networks and their recruitment potential.

Yahoo Responds To “Wired” Slams

An article titled “How Yahoo Blew It” has been making the rounds, and although similar stories appear every day, this one had a bit of heft: it appeared in Wired. Yahoo is now firing back – or, to be more accurate, politely responding.

Reputation Defender

Here at IT Toolbox we have written a lot about the impacts of social networks, and the risks to privacy and later on employability. Previous articles are Myspace and Privacy, the good part is that now comes along one of the smartest startup idea’s that I have seen, reputation defender. They are being featured in wired magazine today here.

Trio Tosses $15 Million To Topix.net

The news aggregator owned by the three major US newspaper publishers accepted another chunk of cash in funding for its operations.

Google Just Now Owns AdSense.com

Three years after Google launched its AdSense service, the company finally owns the AdSense.com domain. Previously, the domain was owned by AdSense Consulting, who bought the domain in 1996.

Social Media Summary

Social Media seems to be a trend these days. Netscape just announced that they removed the whole sex channel from their website. That makes me feel a lot better actually and it’s at least a step towards a more cleaner frontpage.