Wow. News!

There’s a veritable flood of interesting bits and pieces of news and fascinating ideas around today, and I’m doing my best to keep up with it all.

First of all, as I have noted in my Livejournal piece on blog research, Six Apart, makers of this wonderful Movable Type interface, look like they are buying out LiveJournal. Great stuff for the blogging sector. (I also mention new research on blogging diffusion in that LJ post).

Then Clay Shirky is writing new pieces on the value of wikipedia, and the fear with which it is regarded by mainstream media. As Boingboing have noted, Shirky has rather intelligently (and logically) realised that wikipedia does well, what mainstream press does not. So Encylopaedia Britannica representatives should just go back in to their shell. And that reminds me, Alex Burns, if you’re out there, what happened to the recording of the SOOB Festival panel session? Would love to hear it. Must contact Mark Pesce again too for our blogging book.

For followers of the Dan Brown series and The da Vinci Code, in particular, there’s a lovely little article in The Guardian about the Knights Templar seeking action against the Vatican for the Vatican’s treatment of group members in the 14th century (thanks to BoingBoing for the link). If nothing else, it’s evidence of the ongoing politics of secret and not-so-secret societies.

And finally, there’s the news that Microsoft are going to have to hack their own software. (Rather an a propos news story after the referral to Brown’s text, and in light of its metafictional status, I thought 🙂 The reliance of Microsoft on hackers to find holes in their own software needs to come to an end, with the gap between security breaches and fixes needing to get smaller and smaller – primarily for legal reasons, but also because there’s little patience with the ongoing vulnerability of Microsoft software when such admirable alternatives exist.

There’s also the news that my brother has traced one branch of our family tree back to an Earl and an entailed estate at Oddington in Oxfordshire in the mid 18th century, but most people wouldn’t find that very interesting 🙂

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