Open source blogging solution pLog has changed it’s name to LifeType after a trademark dispute with Amazon.
Blogebrity reports that Engadget editor Peter Rojas has announced to writers of the Weblogs Inc., uber-gadget site that he is turning off comments on the site.
According to Rojas:
We’re closing comments on the main Engadget. The amount of spam, combined with a serious decline in the level of discourse on the site, has left me no choice but to close comments until further notice.
It really is a case of cutting off ones head to spite the face. One of the key growth factors in Weblogs Inc., sites has been the community participation, particularly in terms of commenting, to the point that they even started to reward frequent commenters with links in the side bar via a ratings system. Whether this is a sign of things to come for the now AOL owned Weblogs Inc., is to be seen, but my advice to Jason Calacanis: readers are fickle, and if you cut off participation Engadget will become the next Gizmodo. Great blog, high readership, but no longer top of the pops.
According to a report in the Dutch Newspaper Telecom Paper, 11 percent of Dutch people have a blog, compared with 20 percent of Spanish people, although the site is subscription only at 5 euro’s a day so I don’t have a direct link to the report (found via Google News).
Want to work with one of the leaders of the blogosphere in a nice plush office at AOL? Then Weblogs Inc., has got the position for you.
The company is seeking the services of a Internet Advertising Operations Coordinator (long title, try saying this after a few drinks :-) ), to administer the daily operation of ad production and overseeing ad uploads, inventory control and reporting. More details here at the Weblogs Inc., site.
The Director of Communications and Development of the Beijing-based Internet Society of China, Hu Yanping, has told the South China Morning Post that blogs pose a threat to the advertising revenues of mainstream internet portals in China over the next three years.