BetaNews: "AOL has disbanded the Magic Carpet product team and refocused limited resources on its core subscription and advertising businesses. This leaves the Internet giant with no viable alternative to Microsoft's Passport authentication service in implementation, which currently boasts 200 million accounts."
One of the coolest things done in the UserLand community in the last six months is the framework for instant messsaging that works over AIM and Jabber. I've not done much to publicize it on Scripting News because I'm not much of an IM person, but if you can think of a fun project that relates a weblog to instant messaging, send me an email, and maybe I can whip something up. It's very interesting when you consider that the content systems running behind all Radio weblogs can be accessed over IM where they might not be able to over HTTP because of firewalls and NAT.
John Robb: "The English language version of Pravda looks like a weblog."
Ed Cone: "Almost a quarter-million people in our part of North Carolina are still without electricity."
Miguel Octavio is covering the revolution in Venezuela.
Sam Ruby reports on RSS in the world of night clubs.
Check out the bio page for Jon Stevens. That could be my bio page. So many idiots floating around thinking you can infer tone from an email post. I've met Jon face to face. He's an opinionated guy. But where it really counts, the code he ships is good, he's smart and generous. That's about all you can tell from online communication. Is someone nice or not? Can't say. Don't care. I'm not god or Santa Claus.
Rob Fahrni: "Sun shouldn't get special treatment."
Leander Kahney: "Boy, did I get a lot of hate e-mail following the latest series of articles about Mac loyalty."
Last week there was a meeting at Clay Shirky's in NY to talk about social software, whatever that is. By coincidence I was in NY, for other reasons. There were at least a few bloggers at Clay's meeting. Why is no one is talking about it? Postscript: The Internet is so cool. I did a search for Social Software on Google, and here's a page of pics from the Social Software Summit. It wasn't last week, it was Nov 22. And here's a writeup by Shirky of the agenda for the summit. Here are all the links that Google found.
Shelley Powers: "Photo after photo showing this homogeneous social gathering made up almost exclusively of white, educated, upper-middle or upper class, 30-50 year old males."
John Robb: "Clay Shirky's conference on social software didn't use any social software to share what they learned with the rest of us."
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