Vladimir Putin is being outfoxed by the hamsters on the internet. His ruling United Russia party described opposition activists challenging the legitimacy of this month's elections as "hamsters from social networks." Yet the country's future may now be determined by these critics on popular digital networks like LiveJournal, Twitter, VKontakte and Facebook.
Do you know why you should have a blog?
Jaelithe Judy has been taking her son with her when she votes ever since he was born. They've been talking about politics since he was 4.
Say goodbye to the Picasa and Blogger names: Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products, Mashable has learned.
There's an old joke in the tech world:
Recent protests in Iran have failed to gain traction -- despite growing demonstrations in neighboring countries and Iran's own 2009 massive protest movement.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on Iran reportedly helping the Syrian regime crush protesters.
Political unrest across the Middle East has increased appetite in the wider world for comment from within the region, and some are turning to bloggers for insider views on the events unfolding on their television screens.
A longtime Huffington Post blogger has filed a lawsuit against the site, its two co-founders and new owner AOL, seeking $105 million on behalf of himself and 9,000 other unpaid bloggers.
The United States on Saturday called for the immediate release of a young blogger imprisoned in Syria on espionage charges.
In Gaza, bloggers say they are using the internet to share the realities of their daily lives with the wider world.
Over the New Year holiday, WordPress issued a challenge to its blogger-users: Write and publish one post a day (or a week) throughout 2011.
TechCrunch said Tuesday it has agreed to be acquired by AOL, a deal that came together quickly after rumors of the negotiations leaked.
In a recent online post called "The Older Child," blogger Heather Armstrong, better known as Dooce of the popular parent-blog Dooce.com, seemed to suggest that her eldest daughter no longer wants her mother to blog about her, at least not without her permission. Which begs the question: Should so-called "mommy bloggers" be able to blog about their kids without their kids' permission?
Philadelphia bloggers were abuzz this week about a citywide move to crack down on citizens running a business without a license -- which includes any local bloggers running ads on their sites.
Let's face it -- you never really leave high school.
Helmet under her arm, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh arrives after traveling 450 kilometers by motorbike, evading the security police, to tell CNN the story of her imprisonment for blogging in Vietnam.
CNN's Andrew Stevens meets a victim of a growing Internet crackdown in Vietnam.
It's iPhone launch day -- a tech holiday! -- and the annual traditions are running full steam: lines at Apple stores are epic, and the blogs already buzzing with gripes about the brand-new phones.
If you thought corporate "astroturfing" (fake grassroots activity) was a problem at sites like Yelp and Amazon that feature user reviews of products, imagine how much worse it would be if the U.S. government employed a couple hundred thousand people to "shape the debate" among online political forums. Crazy, right? What government would ever attempt it?
Meet CNN iReporters who are passionate about sharing their culinary skills online.
As the Disney film "Ratatouille" taught us, anyone can cook. Thanks to the Internet, anyone can have a cooking show, too.
Forgive Amber Johnson if she knocked you over while sprinting through the Olympic Village near Vancouver, Canada, last week.
CNN's Emily Chang reports on the Chinese government's latest crackdown on social media Web sites.
A handful of homegrown micro-blogging sites emerged about the same time Twitter started to gain a small, yet steadily growing, share of Chinese Internet users, beginning about 2007, around a year after Twitter was launched in the U.S. in 2006.
Bernard Bailyn, the Harvard historian who won a Pulitzer for his 1967 book "The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution," wrote about the critical role pamphlets played in 18th century America.
It is being billed as the largest-ever social change event on the Web and one which its organizers believe will unite the digital world in a wider conversation about climate change.
There are 100 million blogs in the world, and it's part of my job as the co-founder of WordPress to help many more people start blogging.
The Federal Trade Commission is going after bloggers, celebrities and tall tales in the first revision of its rules for endorsements and product reviews in nearly 30 years.
Google is sued after revealing the name of an anonymous blogger. CNN's Jason Carroll reports.
Her identity revealed, a blogger who posted rants about model Liskula Cohen said she was the real victim in the case and plans to sue Google for violating her privacy.
Blog fans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, saw PittGirl as their masked superhero -- a comedian and local commentator who jibed the mayor without reserve and ranted freely about her hatred of pigeons.
With book deals, TV appearances and thousands of readers, moms who detail every moment of their domestic lives online produce some of the Web's most well-read blogs.
A blogger believed to be the target of the attack that brought down Twitter Thursday has told CNN the cyber assault was politically motivated and timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Georgia conflict.
Right now, "microblogging" is the technological term du jour. Twitter this; Twitter that.
I'm not blogging as much as I used to. Part of it probably has to do with the job - it's just tough to find the time. (Despite what J.J. Cale might tell you, it's not easy to let it all hang out after midnight.) But I think a bigger reason simply might be that I have literally been Facebooking and Twittering (some say frittering) all my content away! I get a thought, I meet someone interesting, I go somewhere cool, and then snap crackle pop, I put it up. Crazy right? But more than that, what are the implications? As Joni Mitchell might say: "Well something's lost, but something's gained."
Scientists have developed a way to post messages on Twitter using electrical impulses generated by thought.
Mobile phone use is nearly universal in Iraq. However, the country is served by various phone networks, resulting in a "bit of comical" situation -- many residents carry at least two phones from separate providers to ensure that they are always connected.
The co-founder of Twitter is taking part in a technology symposium in Baghdad. CNN's Cal Perry reports.
It's Sunday night during TNT's coverage of the NBA playoffs, and announcer Kenny Smith, aka "The Jet," is doing push-ups.
Actor Ashton Kutcher beat CNN's breaking news feed to the 1 million mark on Twitter.
As Ashton Kutcher becomes the first to collect 1 million followers on Twitter and Oprah Winfrey sends out her first tweet, tech observers are debating: Does Friday mark a new peak for the microblogging service? Or the beginning of its demise?
The online popularity contest between celebrity Ashton Kutcher and CNN heated up Thursday, with CNN overtaking Kutcher's lead on Twitter just before midnight Thursday.
Ashton Kutcher has challenged CNN to a popularity contest on the social media site Twitter.
Last summer, well after Twitter had become the buzz of the New York and San Francisco Web crowds but months before its current moment at the apogee of Internet hype, I visited the startup at its hip South of Market offices and wrote a feature on the company in Fortune. Its title, "The true meaning of Twitter," now feels like a quaint moment in time when the very definition of the company's name, let alone how you use its product, needed explaining. Twitter had raised $22 million back then, had about 3 million users and was hot.
What's the big deal with Twitter? The online instant update service has become a media sensation and a supposed target for the likes of Google and Facebook. But is it an over-hyped flash in the pan or a real business opportunity? The answer could be a bit of each.
Had a problem with your last trip? Fire up your PC and post something online.
The recession hasn't dampened the mood or attendance at "Spring break for geeks," a.k.a. the annual South By Southwest Interactive conference. Organizers say the crowd will surpass last year's attendance of about 9,000.
Mark Preston, CNN political editor, speaks with Markos Moulitsas and Jane Hamsher about progressive blogging.
Liberal bloggers were the cyber cheerleaders for Barack Obama in the 2008 race for the White House. But now that he has won, these "netroots" activists face a major challenge: criticizing the new president and his administration.
This Twitter thing has been coming on like gangbusters. The messaging site has been around for a couple of years, but its popularity seems to have exploded just recently.
The Internet has changed the way we see and hear about war. Photojournalist Jeff King introduces us to a soldier blogger.
1. Bob Costas, HBO Sports: Immediately following the conclusion of his live, 90-minute program last week on the state of the sports media, Costas was asked if he planned to survey the inevitable coverage of the show across the sports blogosphere. He said he would take a "brief" look. (Cue interviewer, in this case, yours truly, smiling a skeptical smile.)
Six Apart is getting a makeover. On Monday, the San Francisco-based blogging software company announced an ambitious restructuring that includes the acquisition of creative agency Apperceptive, the launch of its own advertising network and consulting services and the opening of a New York office.
Dear FSB: I sell a unique product through my website. It's a liquid, concentrated, caffeine-free tea that doesn't require refrigeration and doesn't go bad. I've been reading about blogs and wondering if this would be a way to get more customers. Perhaps adding a video to show how easy it is to make my product would be good also. However, I need a good source of information on how to tackle these marketing tools. Any suggestions?
There was a moment late on Saturday night at the Nassau Coliseum when blogging, journalism and public relations collided with the force of a Dion Phaneuf open-ice check. In a cramped interview room after New York's 3-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres, Islanders defenseman Chris Campoli was asked if the referees had treated his team unfairly. Before Campoli could answer the question, Chris Botta, the team's public relations director, interjected a warning.
CNN's Abbi Tatton reports on the former Republican House Speaker's foray into the 3-D online world Second Life.
Recently, on George Allen's new Web site, GeorgeAllen.com, the former Republican senator from Virginia listed some words of wisdom from legendary college football coaches like Knut Rockne and Woody Hayes.
How do you get your product noticed in a sea of look-alike competitors? If you're South African winery Stormhoek, you go Web 2.0, with blogging, viral marketing, and crowdsourcing.
Once there was just the game, and either you were there or you weren't. Then came radio, and those who staged the games worried it might cheapen their product. A few decades later television arrived, and again there was concern, for who would buy a ticket when the game was available in one's living room?
Liberal pundits are now as enraged as their foes. That may be a problem for the Democrats
New rules by a Chinese government-backed Internet group maintain controls over the country's bloggers, requiring them to register
On the night of the French Presidential election, CNN followed the work of popular French bloggers. You can find background on each below, along with links to their blogs.
Brands need buzz. Bloggers need cash. So why not put them together and profit in the process? That's the thinking behind PayPerPost, an Orlando, Fla., startup that wants to be the eBay of word-of-m...
Former Sen. John Edwards on Thursday stood by two bloggers after a conservative Catholic group demanded they be fired for posting what it called "anti-Catholic" blog entries before joining his presidential campaign.
The head of a conservative Catholic group is demanding that former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, fire two of his campaign bloggers, charging that they are "anti-Catholic, vulgar, trash talking bigots."
To blog, or not to blog?
Blogging tends to be personal, social, lively and irreverent. Does that sound like a big corporation to you?
Bloggers are the new opinion-shapers and trendsetters, according to... well, bloggers, mainly. Here's how to set up your own virtual soapbox and get heard amid the cranks and loudmouths of that online Speakers Corner, the "Blogosphere."
Michael Arrington is a partying kind of guy. While showing off his home in Atherton, Calif., he boasts about how he crammed 500 people into his one-acre backyard at a bash in February. Then there a...
Pundits and political junkies may have put blogs on the map. But now individuals all over the planet are using new blogging tools to share gritty, uncensored information.
As I occasionally survey the pack of sycophantic shih tzus* in the Washington press corps, wriggling on their bellies to kiss the feet of those in power, I feel plumb discouraged about the future of journalism.
Amanda Congdon, 24, is running through the wintry streets of Manhattan in a purple cape and leotard. This may not seem like a milestone in Internet history, but it is: The perky actress is starring...
Every day, 70,000 new blogs appear on the Internet, according to search engine Technorati. Yet few of them emerge from the cubicles and plush corner offices of large public companies. Indeed, a recently established list
The Blogosphere is a vast, unruly, and totally tantalizing mother lode of unvarnished consumer opinion on every product and service in the capitalist universe. But to know what the masses are sayin...
As the size, scope and influence of weblogs continue to proliferate, business managers are faced with an increasingly important question: how to make your voice heard above the crowd?
The blogosphere is a vast, unruly, and totally tantalizing mother lode of unvarnished consumer opinion on every product and service in the capitalist universe. But to know what the masses are saying about your product, you would have to dig through 350,000 daily postings on a staggering 20 million blogs worldwide.
It can't be said anymore that blogging isn't a business. The problem now may be that blogging has too many business models to choose from.
IBM thinks blogging is the next wave in marketing, and it's preparing its employees to ride that wave, according to a published report.
Mena Trott's personal Web log isn't exactly the stuff of headlines. She writes mostly about her daily life -- what she did over the weekend, what's she's reading, what she ate for dinner. Chances are, if she weren't the co-founder of a successful Web log publishing company (Six Apart), her Web log probably wouldn't get much press.
Once the preserve of bedroom technophiles, "blogging" is now firmly in the media mainstream. More and more people are writing Web logs and far greater numbers are reading them.
Recently, 80 California bloggers who call themselves the Bear Flag League filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in an ongoing, high-profile case. Their brief argues that not only Internet news sites, but also bloggers who consider themselves "news gatherers or news reporters," should be treated as journalists under the law.
Add blogging to the list of extracurricular activities in need of some protection.
Mark Jen landed a dream job with Google Inc. in January. He was fired less than a month later.
In the time that it takes to read this story, many blogs will be born.
1 Early in the evening of Dec. 1, Microsoft revealed that it planned to take over the world of blogs--the five-million-plus web journals that have exploded on the Internet in the past few years. T...
While bloggers were a novelty at the DNC in Boston and were less of a story in and of themselves during the RNC, the quality of commentary and the number of breaking stories during the RNC show that bloggers are starting to hit their stride.
Arnold, the Bush sisters, voting machines, Kerry Campaign shakeup rumors, criticism of RNC bloggers, and censorship of Supreme Court decisions were on the minds of bloggers as the second day of the Republican National Convention wrapped up.
The first day of the RNC had interesting blogger moments -- mostly from outside of the convention, where both liberal and conservative bloggers placed their attention.
The last day of the DNC proved to be a barn burner, and bloggers responded to each of the speeches with aplomb.
This year, for the first time, webloggers were credentialed to cover a national political convention. In addition to the bloggers posting from Boston at the Democratic National Convention, there were dozens of other voices -- on all sides of the political spectrum -- blogging on what they heard and saw in Boston.
A new breed of political observers will be offering volumes of pointed commentary at this year's political conventions.
Nick Denton won't talk to me. I've been after him for weeks. But the man behind the wittiest, bitchiest, most irresistible weblogs going--the gossipy Gawker and Wonkette, the gadget pageant Gizmodo...
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