Posts tagged ‘Internet News’

New FTC Guidelines for Bloggers, Others

December 1st, 2009

Today — December 1 —  new Federal Trade Commission guidelines for endorsements and testimonials went into effect — guidelines that apply to bloggers and others who endorse products and get paid for it, ie through affiliate links.  The guidelines are broad but it’s basically all about disclosure and being honest. While officially you should seek your own counsel, here is a link that lists a variety of reactions and opinions to the guidelines. Our opinion — and it’s just an non-legal opinion of course — is that if you practice disclosure and you’re honest about why you are recommending a product, you won’t be a target.  See our Disclosure Statement in our “About” Page.

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The Internet: A Rabbit Hole for Those Who Try to Control It

May 13th, 2009

As you may have heard, Craigslist is closing down its Erotic Services section, after a continuous attack by politicians and cops.  Ultimately, though, as many have noted, modern-day bureaucrats cannot control the internet or the oldest profession:

As PC World reports: “The notion that Craigslist and [its] officers should be held responsible for third-party content on their site because they didn’t do enough to satisfy the individual whims of respective state attorneys general is wholly inconsistent with the law,” says (Electronic Frontier Foundation) senior staff attorney Matt Zimmerman.”

The internet is, increasingly, a rabbit hole for those who want to control content, which is to say, the internet has already beat them.

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MySpace Shakeup — CEO Steps Down

April 23rd, 2009

As Bloomberg reports: “MySpace co-founder Chris DeWolfe will step down as chief executive officer of the social-networking Web site, after falling behind rival Facebook Inc. ” Rumors are than Owen Van Natta, Facebook’s former COO, might replace DeWolfe.

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“Internet Has Only Just Begun, Say Founders”

April 23rd, 2009

The founders of the internet say the web has really just started and hasn’t reached its potential: ” Just 23 percent of the globe’s population currently uses the Internet…” That a lot of potential.  Right now only five percent of Africans surf the web. Access is expected to grow substantially with the increase of mobile access, as people will no longer need a computer to get to the internet.

Robert Cailliau, who developed the internet  in 1989 with Tim Berners-Lee, said he is surprised that search engines can still sort through all the data. But, of course, that is what makes the WWW so powerful — it’s the opportunity Google saw and ran with.

Once again, facts and current events like this make us think: What opportunities are out there? If only 23% of the world population is on the internet, what businesses can be built based on the needs of the other 77%, once they get online? Is their an angle here?

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Reuters: Yahoo May Cut “Several Hundred Jobs”

April 14th, 2009

Reuters is reporting that Yahoo may be on the verge of cutting “several hundred workers…a source with knowledge of the situation told Reuters.” At the end of 2008, Yahoo had approximately 13,600 employees.  The company will announce its first quarter earnings next Tuesday.

At the end of March, Google cut about 200 jobs, mostly in its advertising sales.

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South Korea Goes After Blogger; And in Iran, Blogger Dead

April 13th, 2009

It’s getting to be a dangerous world out there for bloggers. A South Korean blogger who was arrested in January faces up to 18-months in jail. A verdict is expected April 20th. The blogger — known as “Minerva” — has been a fierce critic of that country’s economic policies. He became famous after several of his predictions came true, including the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Full story here.

In Iran, where blogging has become a major outlet of opinion and dissent, a blogger has died in prison, after being jailed for violating what the regime had called crimes against Islamic law.

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Rejete! (Say the French)

April 9th, 2009

The French anti-piracy bill has been rejected by French legislators. We posted about it here.

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“FCC Studies Goal of National Affordable, Fast Internet”

April 8th, 2009
As USA Today reports: “The Federal Communications Commission Wednesday begins work on a national broadband plan, with the goal of ensuring that all consumers have access to services that are fast and affordable.” Story here.
This is essential infrastructure for any nation today. A good comparison is the United States’ interstate highway system, which was authorized in 1956. Imagine us today without interstate highways or freeways, trying to cross the country on an endless number of unorganized and independent roads. Do you know the #1-ranked country with broadband penetration ? Bermuda. The U.S. is #19, Japan #22. Check it out in this  amazing video. MySpace has 200 million registered users — if it was a country, it would be the 5th largest in the world (between Indonesia and Brazil).

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Death Penalty for Bloggers

March 25th, 2009

If you’re one of the estimated 45,000+ bloggers in Iran, be careful — that wacky country  is contemplating imposing the death penalty on bloggers who violate “Islamic law” — that is, for writing about activities such as adultery, homosexual behavior, or drug use. While the world races into the internet age, some people seem determined to race back into the middle ages. Anybody wanna register a dot.IR domain?

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