WordPress Targets Premium Designers for Deletion

In a page possibly taken from Microsoft’s crushing of Netscape, Automattic is using its WordPress theme directory to penalize the sale of customized blog designs. “Themes for sites that support “premium” (non-GPL or compatible) themes will not be approved,” the WordPress.org theme directory now warns. The removal affected about 35 percent of 700 free themes available from…

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Lalawag So. Calif. Tech Blog Launches

In one of those ‘why hasn’t someone thought of this before moments,’ a blog has launched to cover the tech startup scene of So. California and along the West coast. Sean Percival, who worked for Mahalo before it laid-off 10 percent of its workers in November, says the news and gossip site Lalawag will borrow heavily from the snarky remains…

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Google Goofs On Adsense Payments To India Bloggers

Bloggers in India were in an uproar Friday after Google mistakenly used a 1:1 exchange rate between U.S. dollars and the Indian Rupee. The exchange rate is actually 1:46.555. As a result, bloggers expecting Adsense checks for thousands of Rupees received payment for just around $100. In response, Google told affected bloggers they were “working…

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Automattic Hires Video Developer

Automattic, the private company behind the blog hosting service WordPress.com, has hired the former director of systems at Vidavee, a company that created a plug-in allowing WordPress.com users to display video on their blogs. Warwick Poole, on his blog, announced his new job Monday. Poole’s new position at Automattic is as something euphemistically called “Systemologist.”  …

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Blogging Becomes Health Risk

If you’d just die to have the advertising revenue or page views of some of the most successful bloggers, pause a moment to think at what price comes fame. For a growing list of bloggers, the price is often wracked nerves, ill health and even death.   Within the past few months, we’ve seen two…

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B5 Media Searches For Content Director

B5 Media, the Canadian blogging company, is now searching for a content director as it hopes to remake itself as a larger media power. The news comes just days after losing Aaron Brazell, the company’s founding chief technology officer. Joey deVilla, the company’s self-described “Nerd Wrangler,” announced the job search. (when are these firms going to grow up…

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Forbes To Launch Finance Blog Network

Forbes is expected to announce Monday the launch of a 400-blog finance advertising network. The network, Forbes’ Business and Financial Blog Network, has already attracted Talking Biz News and Xconomy. The ad network is managed by adify.com. “There is no denying the growing importance and influence of blogs within the media landscape,” Forbes.com President and CEO…

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TechCrunch: Rise Up and Destroy CNet

Michael Arrington, the high-profile TechCrunch blogger, is at it again. This time he’s ranting that blogs should join together and crush tech site CNet. What’s gotten Arrington’s ire? He feels there’s a whole lot of money headed for blogs and the cash is likely to disrupt the way things are done – like TechCrunch being the blog…

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Bloggers Bash Corporate ‘Blog Council’

Nothing gets bloggers riled-up more than a secret cabal of corporate types forming yet another industry get-together to ‘understand’ how to talk to the public. Coca-Cola and General Motors, are two of the twelve founding members of the newly-created Blog Council. Other founding members are AccuQuote, Cisco Systems, Dell, Gemstar-TV Guide, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Nokia, SAP,…

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BlogWorld Expo: Its a business now

When blogging first reached public attention, journalists often described bloggers as writing in their pajamas. In one of those ironic twists, it was “Pajamas Media” that sponsored Blog World and New Media Expo 2007, the first trade show devoted to blogging. Further, Pajamas Media made the point that today’s bloggers are more apt to wear business attire:…

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