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Aggregated Twitter page for federal government launches

Nextgov.com has launched a new Web 2.0 tool which aggregates official Twitter feeds from federal government agencies.

Dubbed “The Feed,” Nextgov’s Twitter page pulls together the official Twitter feeds from dozens of federal agencies, allowing readers to monitor government activities in real time by visiting a single web page at www.nextgov.com/thefeed.

Visitors to The Feed can opt to see all federal tweets in one place or they can select to see only certain categories of tweets, including business and finance, defense and diplomacy, law enforcement, government at work, and the White House.

The Pirate Bay sold to gaming company

The team behind The Pirate Bay have announced that they have sold the site to Global Gaming Factory. Rumours say the site is sold for €5.6m, half cash half stock in Global Gaming Factory. The Pirate Bay team will have a press conference in the next minutes.

TPB is being sold for a great bit underneath it’s value if the money would be the interesting part. It’s not. The interesting thing is that the right people with the right attitude and possibilities keep running the site.
As all of you know, there’s not been much news on the site for the past two-three years. It’s the same site essentially. On the internets, stuff dies if it doesn’t evolve. We don’t want that to happen.

We’ve been working on this project for many years. It’s time to invite more people into the project, in a way that is secure and safe for everybody. We need that, or the site will die. And letting TPB die is the last thing that is allowed to happen!

If the new owners will screw around with the site, nobody will keep using it. That’s the biggest insurance one can have that the site will be run in the way that we all want to. And – you can now not only share files but shares with people. Everybody can indeed be the owner of The Pirate Bay now. That’s awesome and will take the heat of us.

The old crew is still around in different ways. We will also not stop being active in the politics of the internets – quite the opposite. Now we’re fueling up for going into the next gear. TPB will have economical muscles to let people evolve it. It will team up with great technicians to evolve the protocols. And we, the people interested in more than just technology, will have the time to focus on that. It’s win-win-win.

The profits from the sale will go into a foundation that is going to help with projects about freedom of speech, freedom of information and the openess of the nets. I hope everybody will help out in that and realize that this is the best option for all. Don’t worry – be happy!

Global Gaming Factory also acquired Peerialism. Combining both platforms, GGF wants to establish itself as a major player in the digital content distribution sector.

BillieTweets, awesome Twitter-Youtube mashup in tribute to Michael Jackson

After the sad news about Michael Jackson last weekend, their has been an increase in searches related to Mj and music sites have seen spike in the popularity of MJ’s songs. And it certainly is no surprise that tribute sites for MJ will be created as well. Expect to see many of those over the next days.

The first one I noticed is BillieTweets, a rather simple but very cool mashup. The concept couldn’t be simpler actually. BillieTweets has the “Billie Jean” video integrated and will pull tweets and highlight in every tweet one word to display the lyrics of the “Billie Jean” song. More →

Amanda Palmer earned $19,000 in 10 hours with Twitter

Amanda Palmer, from the Dresden Dolls and solo artist in conflict with her label, earned $19,000 in 10 hours via Twitter (Warning: Offensive language). Amanda Palmer is a self-promoter and has managed to create a genuine brand as a solo artist. She has 34.000 followers on Twitter and is one of the more active music artists on the network. Around a month ago she spend several hours on Twitter, both with friends and fans, and earned as a result more than $19.000 in less than a day. How did she manage this? More →

Microsoft enters energy management space with Microsoft Hohm

Microsoft is reported to launch a new energy management service today, Microsoft Hohm. According to reports read, the service is a recommendation engine based on the user’s input. You can enter details about how you consume energy and Hohm will recommend you to close windows, turn the heating down or isolate the windows better. Right at the moment only a landing page is available with option to request access. The landing page information is also rather limited:

Microsoft Hohm is a free online beta application that helps you save energy and money. With Microsoft Hohm you can better understand your home energy usage, get recommendations to conserve energy and start saving. As with any recommendation engine, Hohm will provide increasingly more accurate and relevant suggestions for energy conservation as its users contribute home energy input and feedback. One of the objectives during our beta period is to refine our tool and further increase the value our product can offer to you.

A video posted on MSN doesn’t make us much wiser either. More →

Spotify to offer 320kb/s Ogg Vorbis support

Much hyped music-streaming service Spotify has announced in the support forums that they will be rolling out CD quality streaming for premium users.

This is a new feature that we will be rolling out later this week. We will offer premium subscribers the option to stream in 320 kb/s using Ogg Vorbis q9 codec.

This certainly will continue to grow Spotify’s popularity and will probably also boost the uptake of premium subscriptions.

Nimbuzz to work without 3G or Wi-fi

Some months ago we covered Nimbuzz for the iPhone. The company now announced that they will also offer their service, even without available 3G or Wi-fi, after they closed a deal with Belgian service Voxbone. Thanks to the new offer from Nimbuzz, VOiP and Skype now also are available over 2G. The service will offer a local area number to call over 2G and then Skype contacts and VOiP is available. With the Skype application for iPhone you need to be connected to a Wi-fi network.

Nimbuzz is also available for several other smart phones such as the Nokia N97 and phones based on the Symbian platform.

Blogger nears it’s tenth birthday

As Blogger nears it’s tenth birthday the Blogger team has published some interesting data:

  • Every minute of every day, 270,000 words are written on Blogger
  • Millions of people worldwide use Blogger to publish to their blog each week
  • Almost two thirds of Blogger’s traffic comes from outside North America (What’s the #2 country after the U.S.? Brazil, followed by Turkey, Spain, Canada, and the U.K.)
  • The most popular sport for our bloggers? Soccer (that’s football to the rest of the world), more than four times larger than the #2 sport, baseball

While the team at Techcrunch a comparison with other blog platforms and Twitter published (see graphic below), the real question to ask here is in how far Facebook a blogging platform has become for many people.

Like many people I started blogging on Blogger and moved then to a self-hosted WordPress setup but would not set up a personal blog anymore in 2009. Facebook and Twitter certainly have filled in the need for a personal blog for me. Like Paul Boutin says:

Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.

There is no doubt that Google made a great decision purchasing Blogger, especially considered the amount of Adsense ads the Blogger platform runs, but the biggest question is if blogs will continue to grow perpetuously or if there will be a new shift towards bigger CMS platforms now new media companies such as B5Media Inc. are integrating forums as well on their main blogs.

blogger chart 490x254 Blogger nears its tenth birthday

What is a blog? The line is blurred and we have seen many sites evolve from ‘blog’ to multi-authored magazines. I, for one, am looking forward to read the next State of the Blogosphere at Technorati. You can read the 2008 State of the Blogosphere here.

TinyMassive.com releases Twitter app for lowest product pricing

TinyMassive.com, a social comparison shopping engine catering to quick click shoppers, has launched the first Twitter application to find lowest product pricing. The integrated feature allows users to “tweet” their product search directly to @TinyMassive, the company’s Twitter account. Consumers will receive a reply tweet in under thirty seconds identifying the lowest price available for the product and the link to purchase. One tweet shopping will save consumers money and time.

TinyMassive.com’s social comparison shopping engine integrates and leverages other Web 2.0 opportunities including Facebook Connect and Help Me Choose. Its Twitter application is the first and only to allow one tweet shopping.

Last.fm founders to leave the CBS ship soon

In a statement released today on the Last.fm blog 3 of the founders of the London (UK) based music discovery and recommendation service are leaving the CBSi Music company. According to the blog entry this is the latest (last?) step in handing over the reins to CBSi Media, who acquired Last.fm in Spring 2007 for $280million.

From the announcement:

After two years running Last.fm within CBS we feel the time is right to begin the process of handing over the reins. This is the latest stage in a long journey for us founders, which began in a living room in East London in 2002, and took us to the headquarters of one of the biggest media companies in the world.

Felix Miller also announced that the service more than doubled in number of unique monthly users over the last 12 months (Compete stats for last.fm top-url show an increase above 50% over the last 12 months).

Read the complete announcement here