Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Around The Blogosphere 23 February 10

2 from Xiaxue::: Wendy shares breathtaking photos in Camwhoring with the ring light as well as a batch of fun new videos!

Be a fly on the wall::: Chelsea Clinton wedding plans!

Behind the scenes::: TV News Anchors are still having sex...

Lama Lama ding dong tweet tweet::: The Dalai Lama has officially joined Twitter. Pat Austin posted an article about His Holiness' visit to DC.


Bloggers who make blips of any measure across the blogosphere are all too familiar with those commenters, anonymous and otherwise, who are little more than troublemakers - modern day electronic vandals. Well, chalk one up for the vandals: The South Dakota House State Affairs Committee voted 10-3 Monday to kill a bill that would have required those who operate Internet sites to keep logs of Internet Protocol addresses so they could identify people who contribute libelous messages anonymously or under false names. Snippet from The Washington Post:
The bill would have required operators of Internet sites to keep logs that would provide the identification and location of those who post comments without giving their true names. They would have been compelled to provide that information only in response to a court order in a libel lawsuit...lawmakers said a federal law protects operators of Internet sites from liability in lawsuits dealing with defamation.

Pat Powers of Brookings, operator of the South Dakota War College blog, said the government should not force bloggers to keep information on those who post comments because that could discourage people from debating political ideas...[article]
How internet censorship works in China. [Mouseover and click on graph]

Michael Savage often refers to computers as "porn machines." The people behind porn are very smart: I have a widget way down in the righthand sidebar of my blog which counts where incoming links have originated from. Look at number one, then go to that site and you can't find a link to my blog anywhere! It wasn't always like that: "Google" is the title and URL that belongs in that position. In China, MOTHERS are getting together against internet porn.

Remenber "..everything in the world is based on money and power." Those words come from The Livesay Family Weblog out of Haiti.

I see many opportunities for bloggers (like me) who get a lot of good ideas and material from newspapers... The New York Times is going to make websurfers PAY to read blogs!

If you thought MySpace was coming back, forget it!

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