We're proud to announce that a native, blogside search feature is available to our Beta members. The TypePad team has been hard at work the last several months to build out our very own search infrastructure. Last week we announced our Search API, which allows developers to build upon the great content in TypePad. And now we have an integrated search experience available for the blogside (you can see it live on this blog and on Everything TypePad).
Stone: “We’re going to roll out something that we think is appropriate for not just Twitter users but also for the ecosystem. When we develop this monetization platform it’s not just going to be for us. It will actually extend to all these apps that are out there everyone is using.”
We believe in the power of edges. We even named our research outfit at Deloitte the Center for the Edge. It seems reasonable to ask, though: what is an edge? And how does it differ from a fringe?
Fringes are marginal, by definition. A political group with extreme views. An artistic movement without commercial ambition or potential. Most of us try to avoid the fringes, unless we're trying to make a point of some kind, because fringes rarely lead anywhere useful. They're dead ends, to mix metaphors. They neither grow big nor powerful enough to influence the center—which we call the core—of society and commerce.
Edges, like fringes, also exist on the periphery of a given domain or place. But that's where the similarities end. In business, edges are the places where the potential for innovation and growth is the highest. They are where unmet needs intersect with unexploited capabilities.
This is a great piece by John Hagel, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison. Read it and replace the word "wellness" with "blogging" and you've got something.
If you suffer from a short attention span, here is the summary graph from the end of the piece:
"Edges face enormous obstacles in transforming the core. But if these three conditions are in place—scalability, compelling differentiation, and aspiration—edges have a fighting chance in their David and Goliath struggle."
Google and other tech giants are making waves today over Internet censorship in a place people might not expect — Australia.
The Sydney Opera House is swathed in green light to mark St. Patrick’s Day in Sydney, Australia.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Google, Yahoo and others “delivered a withering critique” of government plans to force Internet service providers to block certain content.
The Australian government has been putting its censorship plans in place for more than a year now. And it plans to introduce legislation this year that will require that ISPs use filters to block content such as child sex abuse, bestiality, detailed instruction in crime or anything advocating terrorism, according to Australia’s Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
Also, re Google: "The company’s objections don’t end with its free-speech concerns; it says that such large-scale filtering 'appears to not be technologically possible' and would 'negatively impact user-access speeds' in a serious way."
Gothamist, the local city blog network that is best known for its New York City edition, is being acquired by Cablevision-owned Rainbow Media, paidContent has learned. The price is between $5 million to $6 million, though we understand a good portion of that is a performance-based earnout. Rainbow has Cablevision’s cable channels in its portfolio, including Sundance, IFC, AMC and others. The company, under the parent, also owns Newsday, which focuses on Long Island in NY, though unclear if there will be any synergies between Gothamist and Newsday with this acquisition. Another possibility for Gothamist is local cable TV rollout on Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) systems.
In a separate case, a British pair caught kissing in public in Dubai is appealing a month-long jail sentence handed down after an Emirati mother complained her child had seen their indiscretion.
The pair, a British man living in Dubai and a female friend, were arrested in November on accusations of kissing and touching each other intimately in public and consuming alcohol, their lawyer said. They were ordered jailed for a month.