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The prohibition of alcohol in the United States lasted 13 years, which is 13 years longer than Google's ban on pornography for its Blogger platform. Announced earlier this week, Google's policy change on sexually explicit content was to go into effect late next month, but Google has now changed its mind after listening to complaints. "This week, we announced a change to Blogger’s porn policy. We’ve had a ton of feedback, in particular about the introduction of a retroactive change (some people have had accounts for 10+ years), but also about the negative impact on individuals who post sexually... Read more...
Google has a message for users of its Blogger platform -- clean up your content or take a hike. No, Google isn't suddenly interested in typos and other elements of grammar, but it does want to eliminate the bulk of sexually explicit images and videos. The exception to posting nudity is if the content offers what Google deems a "substantial public benefit." Some examples include nudity in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts. "If your existing blog doesn’t have any sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video on it, you won’t notice any changes. If your existing blog does... Read more...
Indeed, it's true that some make quite a bit of money from blogging. Some make almost nothing, however. Still, Philadelphia says "a business is a business" and has started to track down bloggers and force them to buy a $300 business license. According to a report from a Philadelphia news site (not blog!), one such blogger, Marilyn Bess, has a low-traffic blog and has made a total of $50 over a "few years." Meanwhile, the cost of a business license would run $300. The cash-strapped city, obviously not wanting to miss any chance at some extra revenue, sent her a letter. "The real kick in the pants... Read more...
Google's taken the next step in linking together all its services to make it an absolutely unstoppable force online as opposed to the virtually unstoppable force it currently is.Google owns Blogger (in case you didn't realize this), and always had a follow feature where you could, from your Blogger page, follow all the blogs you wanted to on the system. The new service allows you to follow via Friend Connect, which makes it a lot more social. You'll be able to quickly see who among your friends already follows the blog and you'll be able to use your Google, Yahoo, AIM or OpenID account to follow.Bloggers... Read more...
A 108-year-old (yes, you read that correctly) Australian woman, reportedly the world's oldest blogger, has passed away in Woy Woy (which is about 50 miles north of Sydney).Olive Riley, of Woy Woy about 50 miles north of Sydney, began blogging in February last year, sharing stories from her life during the two world wars, raising three children on her own, and working as a station cook in the outback.The physically frail but mentally alert Riley won an international audience with her blog, The Life of Riley (www.allaboutolive.com.au), and series of videos posted on YouTube with her talking and singing.Riley... Read more...
A number of Blogger users, ourselves included, have noticed a series of publishing and saving glitches on Blogger lately.  There was even an outage this week, though that may have been the result of patches that Google performed to fix the issue.  Additionally, on Friday, Google added direct video upload services to Blogger. An undetermined number of Blogger publishers had trouble performing various editing and posting operations on Monday and Tuesday, but by Wednesday the problem had been solved.After marking the eighth 'birthday' of this free blogging service on Thursday, Google announced... Read more...
You may recall earlier in the year the crackdown placed on bloggers by the military, who said that such blogging could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information.  Yet, haven't we seen huge amounts of sensitive information leaked on the Internet by government agencies?  (Nods head in agreement)  A series of audits has shown that official DoD websites pose far more of a threat than soldiers' blogs. The audits, performed by the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell between January 2006 and January 2007, found at least 1,813 violations of operational security policy on 878 official... Read more...
As strange as it might sound, there appears to be a group of bloggers who are actually attempting to form a union. At first, the idea sounds a bit odd, but on closer inspection of the situation, the idea may have some merit. To begin with, the situation is not at all unlike the organization of freelance writers in the early '80s. “Organizers hope a bloggers' labor group will not only showcase the growing professionalism of the Web-based writers, but also the importance of their roles in candidates' campaigns. "I think people have just gotten to the point where people... Read more...