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A Saudi blogger was released Saturday after spending four months in prison without being charged, several news outlets reported.
The Saudi government had warned Fouad al-Farhan, who is 33, about his activist blogs before his arrest in mid-December. The government said at the time of his arrest that it was unrelated to state security, according to a Washington Post report. The next month, CNN reported, a ministry representative said Farhan had been arrested "because he violated the regulations of the kingdom."
Farhan's online support of a group of 10 men arrested last year apparently contributed to his … Read more
That chunk of code is BlogRovr, which produces content from pre-selected "favorite blogs" as Web sites are displayed; if the user loads eBay, for example, a BlogRovr tray within the window might display what tech blogs have been writing about the auction giant recently.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but BuzzLogic's motives were: It wants to apply the BlogRovr technology, which … Read more
Blogger is a Web-based blogging platform owned by Google. Users can create and customize their own blogs using a drag-and-drop editor, and have them hosted for free on Google's massive server arrays. The service offers many ways for bloggers to tailor the user experience, from changeable themes to a custom domain name. Blogger also enables blog owners to add collaborators and other administrators to help them write or manage user comments.
Google has integrated Blogger into a number of services, including the Google browser toolbar. Users of the toolbar who come across something interesting can click a special button … Read more
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In an internal e-mail obtained by CNET News.com, Denton explained the sale: "To be blunt: they each had their editorial successes; but someone else will have better luck selling the advertising than we did."
When asked via instant message to comment on prices, Denton replied with "Nope!"
In baseball, everyone loves to complain about the Yankees. Unless they're from New York. Here in San Francisco, everyone complains about the cost of living and the bad schools. These are safe complaints, and it's fun to preach to the choir.
The blogosphere also has its approved pinatas. Beef about patent trolls, Vista, or the RIAA, and the current in the Techmeme river will pull you along. Me-too posts will pop up and link to you. You'll feel good. You'll be important.
So in the spirit of sharing (and Techmeme baiting), Webware.com has compiled a … Read more
A few years ago, the Federal Election Commission ruled that bloggers are eligible for the same exemptions from campaign-finance law as mainstream media outlets have enjoyed for decades.
But the FEC's membership will change over time, meaning that the beliefs of the commissioners are likely to change as well. So a future FEC could rule differently. That's what concerns Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), a longtime proponent of preventing the federal government from extending campaign-finance laws to the Internet.
His answer: On Thursday, Hensarling introduced a four-page bill he's calling the Blogger Protection Act of 2008.
Hensarling intends … Read more
You don't mess with Craigslist, apparently.
White posted the e-mail he'd received from Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster, which claimed that White's URL "craigslistblog.org" was "infringing" and that its name was "needlessly confusing to members of the media and the general public, and must be changed." Buckmaster did not demand that White stop blogging, but he did request that he stop using the domain, … Read more
With a stroke of the Governor's pen on Monday, Indiana became one of the few states in the country to provide strong incentives for businesses to encrypt sensitive customer data. Unlike many of the laws that pass through state legislatures - this one was not ghost written by lobbyists or special interests. It was co-written by a tech-savvy state legislator, and a blogger constituent .... me.
One of the biggest problems in the hundreds of data breach and data loss incidents that have been reported over the past few years is that so little of the data is encrypted. If … Read more