business2.com> Sometimes the next big thing on the Net reshapes the online world (universal e-mail, a graphical browser for the Web); sometimes it evaporates upon contact with business reality (PointCast, anyone?). Wise companies explore new trends cautiously, and that seems to be what’s happening with weblogs.
Microsoft-Watch.com> Microsoft posted for download a bunch of Windows XP Fun Packs and PowerToys that build on top of its Windows Media 9, Movie Maker, digital photography and browsing technologies. Among the more interesting of the downloadables is the Creativity Fun Pack, which includes a blogging plug-in for Windows Media Player 9 that lets users add information about their currently playing music to their Web logs. Microsoftie Sean Alexander blogs about the blog plug-in here.
from CNet News.com Have you hugged your Web browser today?
Probably not. It’s been years since the browser was new and exciting for the average Web surfer. Browsers have become a bland commodity, dominated by Microsoft’s sturdy but stodgy Internet Explorer. Internet innovation, meanwhile, is increasingly shoved off to specialized, new applications such as instant messaging clients, media players and Weblog viewers.
from CNet news> San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor is writing a new book about journalism, with a little help from his readers.
Gillmor, who writes a column and posts commentary online for the Silicon Valley newspaper, will focus on how technology, including the Weblog phenomenon, has affected journalism.
from Chicago Sun-Times>If you’ve got something to say, my guess is that you’re already saying it. Never before have there been so many ways to express yourself: through art, or on talk radio, or in a newsletter, or by taking part in protests, or by organizing a phone tree.
And then there is the blog.