Jimmy Wales is pushing Wikia, the for profit arm of the company associated with Wikipedia. Wikia is to offer free software and hosting via Open Serving to anyone looking to create software using MediaWiki, the software behind Wikipedia:
Vimo, a comparison shopping site for healthcare, is offering $1USD for every review of a doctor that a contributor makes to the site. Contributors must be in the U.S., and reviews are subjected to editorial scrutiny prior to being accepted.
I’m a country boy, and the first thing I think of when someone mentions ‘bait’ is ‘trap’. That’s exactly what linkbait has become. The lure for a trap. Sensationalist headlines crafted for the sole purpose of luring readers into a story that is either devoid of truth or a story that contains a mere hint of truth.
I have to admit I really love this move by Yahoo, sending out an open invitation to all the researchers google sent packing when they closed Google answers yesterday. See Yahoo: Got Answers and Nowhere to Share Them?
Via MarketingVox comes news that on December 4th IAC will create a new service that merges Ticketmaster, maps, Citysearch, Evite, and Ask.com. They are going to launch it under the brand AskCity, but outside of that it sounds like they had a great idea.
California Supreme Court says web publisher isn't liable for defamation for publishing 3rd party comments:
The court, in a unanimous decision, said those claiming defamation can only sue the original source of the allegedly offending comments, not publishers or distributors, even if the distributor is an individual.
Google on Tuesday inadvertently sent the Kama Sutra email worm to the 50,000 subscribers of a Google Video email group.
Three postings were made on Tuesday evening to an email list that sends out postings to the Google Video blog. "Some of these posts may have contained a virus called W32/Kapser.A@mm — a mass-mailing worm," Google said in a note on its website apologising for the incident.
One week they make a deal with YouTube - the next they start the lawsuits:
In separate lawsuits, Universal alleged that Grouper.com – recently acquired by Sony Pictures Entertainment – and Bolt.com had built up traffic by encouraging users to share music videos from its artists without their permission. In one incident, it claimed a video for the Mariah Carey song “Shake it Off” was viewed more than 50,000 times on Grouper without the company’s permission.
The Citizendium Project will begin life as a Wikipedia dump, moving on to become updated, modified, and, by implication, improved and rendered more accurate via the contributions of folks aged over 25 with proven higher education qualifications.
The WSJ reported that Warner and Universal are cutting video distribution partners to try to squeeze out a few more cents:
Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group pulled its music videos from Cablevision Systems Corp.'s Fuse network, and Warner Music Group Corp. told Yahoo Inc. to stop showing its music videos, in unrelated disputes over licensing fees and other issues, according to people familiar with both matters.
Apparently censorship in China is just one of many cases of Google giving in to a government. Google just did an about face in Belgium. If you look at Google.be right now, you will see the recent court rulings on Google's home page.