MySpace: Is it censorship or is it protection?

MySpace has cleaned up its site in hopes of protecting its users. Deleting 200,000 users is that censorship or protection? I’m truly not sure. I will be pondering this for a few days. Luckily for us Rupert Murdoch’s MySpace wasn’t deleted., the fast-growing community website hugely popular with American teens, has removed 200,000 “objectionable” profiles from its site as it steps up efforts to calm fears about the safety of the network for young users.

The site, which allows users to create their own profiles with details of their interests that can be viewed and linked to by other “friends”, was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp last year and its phenomenal growth has placed it at the centre of the media company’s internet strategy.

Ross Levinsohn, head of News Corp’s internet division, said some of the material taken down contained “hate speech”. Some of it, he said, was “too risqué”.

Via Financial Times

Associated Press Joins Plagiarism Club

In the past the plagiarism club has had some noteworthy faces CNET, The New York Times, most recently Weblogs Inc, and now entering the plagiarism club because its the lazy popular thing to do is The Associated Press.

Plagiarism is the reason that old media will die.

To appropriate the writings, graphic representations or ideas of another person and represent them as one’s own, (that is, without proper attribution). Plagiarism is a form of intellectual property violation.

I plagiarised that quote on purpose. To prove a point. Plagiarism is the art of attempting to masquerade your works as source. This is something that all Old Media wants to do. They never want to admit, credit, or reveal their sources. New Media however is betrothed to its sources. We interlink. We collaborate. We share ideas and we share credit.

The ways and means in which news is reported over the next 5 years will gradually change from the need to always be the source to developing rock solid news sharing communities. This is the success of new media startups like Memeorandum, and Newsvine, Digg and the like. Instead of needing to be the source they delegate. Instead they force you to link to the source. Bringing news into a central data point to share conversations around. New Media is not replacing Old Media, New Media is truly replacing the local coffee shop. It’s where the conversations are taking place. Old Media is being replaced by nothing. We are all finally waking up that Old Media will believe any old crock of a story and republish what doesn’t belong to them.

Old Media is killing itself piece by piece. Because it won’t fact check. It won’t verify sources and it clearly brushes off the New Media which isn’t New Media at all its the community of the consumer. As in any business if you alienate the consumer long enough your business will go under. This is why Newspapers are a dying breed. They are alienating the consumer.

Recently Jay Rosen mentioned the newspapers that are doing a good job. Arguably some better than others on this list. Plagiarism is a product of fear of new media, and the very consumers of your product. See bloggers aren’t afraid of republication. Most would probably allow for it if you just asked. But please don’t steal. If you are going to republish please contact us. Link to us give us credit. Because blogging takes time. The more I blog, and the more you steal the less I will read your papers, and your websites. Because there are plenty of good conversations going on around news stories. But because this is a blog. You will ignore this article. Probaby not even see it. In fact anyone that is driven by fear of giving credit will pass away. Driven by greed they steal, driven by laziness they fact check not. Driven by profits they are swayed by advertisers that pay the bills. But the advertisers go where the people are. This is why the Old Media will pass away. Because the people will find the blogs who are the sources. And yes Weblogs Inc you joined the Old Media last year when you were bought by AOL Time Warner.

hat tip: Search Engine Journal

More Widgets from Automattic

Not to be outdone by Six Apart, Automattic unveils its Sidebar Widgets on the same day. The Automattic Widgets are a simple WordPress plugin that allows you to customize your sidebar. It’s pretty amazing actually it only works with select themes. It had been developed for but they’ve released into the general WordPress community.

From the Automattic website:

“Widgets” is just a silly buzzword we’ve chosen for this sidebar-chopping plug-in we have developed. They could have been called Gadgets or Gizmos or Wizbangs or Whatevers. On the surface, they’re just things you can use to personalize your WordPress site without knowing HTML. Way down deep, they may be something entirely more significant. Anyway, here’s a peek:

Sidebar Arrangement interface
Drag and Drop

Widget Configuration

Customized Sidebar
All done!

Even more widgets

The plugin comes with several useful and entertaining widgets but we expect great numbers of widgets to appear over the coming days and weeks. We’ll feature the best new widgets right here.

Six Apart unveils Widgets for Typepad

Six Apart unveils Widgets for Typepad

Appears Six Apart has partnered up with numerous folks to provide ways folks can add content to their blogs, and also to make money with their blogs.

A lot of cool toys for beginners. Typepad explains:

promo tp179 widgets Six Apart unveils Widgets for Typepad
‘What’s a Widget, you ask? It could be a list of your most recent photos, or a topic-oriented search box, or a stats counter, or ads that help you make money, or a badge to help your users subscribe to your feed, or even a Flash game or a chat window. We call it “bling for your blog.” We’re launching with dozens of widgets from more than 30 partners, and more are on the way. Here are just a few of the things you can do with TypePad Widgets:

* Add your Technorati profile to your blog

* Share a custom search roll with Rollyo

* Publicize your FeedBurner feed

* Let your readers find their next job from Jobster, Indeed and Simply Hired

* Highlight your favorite lens from Squidoo to your blog

* Let your readers subscribe to your blog via email, thanks to FeedBlitz’

hat tip: Darren Rowse

Iran cracks down on blogging

This should come as no suprise. But Iran is ramping up its campaign to shut up bloggers who don’t agree with the mainline government.

On his last visit to Iran, Canadian-based blogger Hossein Derakhshan was detained and interrogated, then forced to sign a letter of apology for his writings before being allowed to leave the country.

Compared to others, Derakhshan is lucky.

Dozens of Iranian bloggers have faced harassment by the government, been arrested for voicing opposing views, and fled the country in fear of prosecution over the past two years.

In the conservative Islamic Republic, where the government has vast control over newspapers and the airwaves, weblogs are one of the last bastions of free expression, where people can speak openly about everything from sex to the nuclear controversy.

But increasingly, they are coming under threat of censorship.


The Real DealBreaker

Dealbreaker is an online business tabloid and Wall Street gossip blog. It seeks to cover the personalities and culture that shape the financial industry, offering original commentary, news and entertainment.
Here’s a teaser:
What your will find at dealbreaker:

posts about the precise size of the guitar collection on Paul Allen’s yacht spaceship, posts about the disparity between what Aswath Damodaran thinks is the dark side of valuation and what we think is the dark side of valuation (hint: high-quality cocaine), banker body counts (thank you, John Mack), interviews with people about how much money they make and whether they sometimes buy things just so they can throw them away, sightings of Eliot Spitzer, pitchbook origami, fun with league tables, and so on. And occasionally we’ll break news or do something that’s otherwise useful. Which will be entirely an accident. We apologize in advance.

Ok. Somehow whenever Liz writes anywhere. I’m there like flys on well you know. It’s horrible. She has a way of drawing in readers like no one else I’ve ever read. This is a worthy read for the fellow cult members of that strange religion Spier-entology. Glad to see her back blogging again.

This has me excited already. If your a big fan of Wall St Gossip after you’ve dug into DealBreaker check out Under The Counter. Which is another good read.

More cool ways to pimp your blog

If you have a MovableType blog you may want to check out this new style generator. I’ve also been hat tipped about a new style contest for MovableType,LiveJournal, and Typepad blogs.

Fast Company predicts the end of bloggers by 2016

Goodbye Windows. Goodbye Fast Company. Want my prediction? Magazines will be gone by 2016. And so will all my bad memories of Windows.

TV schedulers, A&R guys, Wall Street researchers, cool hunters. As punishment, now it’s our turn to ram stuff down your throats. Hope you like Bon Jovi!

Pay someone to write snarky comments? Do you think we’re getting paid for this?

Advertising creatives
Talented amateurs making ads for fun and posting them online seem to be better at your job than you are. Bonus: No more “whither the 30-second spot” whining.

Auto mechanics
As cars run on software, the grease monkey will need a makeover.

U.S. high-tech jobs
But software engineers can always get a job down at the garage.

Indian call-center operators
American customer service is rescued from oxymoron status as companies realize that being nice to the people with the money is the only way to win.

Via Fast Company

The Deal Breaker Countdown

Isn’t everyone in Wall Street waiting for the bell. Not that bell to strike. I’m talking about Elizabeth Spiers’ new blog DealBreaker.
There’s less than 24 hours left.

Here’s some legitimately exciting news: Elizabeth Spiers, the founder of FishbowlNY and mediabistro’s former editor-in-chief informs us that her potentially white-hot blog will launch on Wednesday, March 29. (And, despite what we thought, it’s not a blog about trying to date a NYC actress while living in Connecticut with your Mom.)

As you all probably know, Spiers left her mb post late last year to write a novel (And They All Die in the End, due this fall) and — with the backing of Logicworks CEO Carter Burden and The Week president Justin Smith — launch a blog network starting with Dealbreaker.

Until it goes live, a decidedly ghetto static page soliciting tips and potential interns’ résumés will have to whet the Street’s insidery appetite. We can’t wait.

via MediaBistro

Google accidently deletes its own blog!

Google deleted its own blog last night while we were all sleeping. Joy. I’m just curious stuff like this happens over @ Google.

Google Blog Accidentally Deleted By Google

Jennifer Slegg over at the Search Engine Watch blog reports that the Official Google Blog Deleted. In short, yes, Google had accidently deleted their own blog. They have confirmed the mistake;

We’ve determined the cause of tonight’s outage. The blog was mistakenly deleted by us (d’oh!) which allowed the blog address to be temporarily claimed by another user. This was not a hack, and nobody guessed our password. Our bad.


via Search Engine Journal

Who knows maybe they will delete my pagerank tommorow.