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October 13, 2011

Building a Brand thru Blogging

It’s been a long time since I’ve spoken at a conference as I wanted to slow down from doing making such appearances. I skipped last year’s Internet Marketing Boot Camp (IMBC) so I felt I couldn’t decline another invite.

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February 07, 2011

AOL buys Huffington Post for $315 million

This is the second blog network that AOL has bought in the last 6 months. They got the TechCrunch network back in September and now it’s the Huffington Post with a reported $315 million in cash.

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September 29, 2010

AOL buys TechCrunch

Last time AOL bought a blog network (Weblogs Inc, owner of Engadget) was like 5 years ago. Today, they bought another one — the TechCrunch Network.

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July 17, 2010

Did Gizmodo just cost Apple $87 Million?

Apple’s Steve Jobs finished their press conference and addressed the pressing issue of the iPhone 4 “antenna-gate”. After clearing up all that engineering issues and software updates, Steve announced they’re giving away iPhone 4 cases to everyone.

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April 24, 2010

Philippines takes World’s Best Spammers title?

One of the greatest advantages the Philippines have in the world of BPO is that we got really cheap labor and we’re relatively very good in English. That’s why we’re one of the top suppliers in the call center industry. And it doesn’t stop there.

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December 16, 2009

Technology drives Citizen Journalism

When I saw this hi-def video of the Serendra car explosion yesterday, I thought this is the future of citizen journalism — live or almost live video broadcast of incidents as they happen, taken by ordinary people.

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October 06, 2009

FTC Rules to fine Bloggers up to $11,000

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated their rules to include a stiff penalty to bloggers (and even Twitterers/Tweeple) who do not disclose their interests with commercial products and/or services.

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August 10, 2009

Here comes Pay Per Tweet

With the continuous growth of Twitter worldwide, I thought it’s only a matter of time before someone does a Pay Per Post marketplace. So there you go — Pay Per Tweet — make some money online by tweeting.

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February 10, 2009

Google caught doing paid post in Japan

Google was doing some marketing campaign in Japan thru an agency called CyberBuzz and paying bloggers to post about Google Widgets.

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February 01, 2009

Why Copyright Infringement is a touchy subject?

While discussing cases of copyright infringement over a dinner meeting the other night, I was told that when such cases go public and pushes thru in the courts, it becomes a sensitive issue — it’s because all of us have committed some copyright infringement of some sort at one time or another.

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December 02, 2008

Pownce is shutting down

Another microblogging service bites the dust. Got an email just now announcing the shutdown of Pownce (similar to Jaiku, Twitter and Plurk).

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October 11, 2008

Check out Senate Bill 2150 and House Bill 3306

These two new bill (The Right to Reply Bill) has recently drawn some attention as it recognizes the rights of persons to reply to media reports or commentaries that are erroneous, unfair or biased against them and injurious to their reputation.

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August 16, 2008

Why Blogger isn’t that popular in the Philippines?

During a cocktail party held yesterday for several folks from Google Asia-Pacific, the Product Manager from SEA asked me this — while blogging is huge in the Philippines, why isn’t Blogger enjoying the same popularity? I gave him some figures off my head as he wrote it down. And here are some reasons why.

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May 19, 2008

Ars Technica sold for $25 Million Big Ones

One of my favorite blogs to read has just been sold. TC broke the news last Friday that popular tech blog Ars Technica was bought by Conde Nast.

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May 10, 2008

Universal McCann’s Social Media Research

I was sent this PDF file containing Universal McCann’s Social Media Research for March 2008. The research surveyed 17,000 internet users in 29 countries. It’s an 80-page report that covers topics on blogging, online videos and social networking sites in general.

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May 09, 2008

Cuban blogger gets Journalism Award

This should be an inspiration to a lot of bloggers out there. A Cuban blogger, a 32-year old woman named Yoani Sanchez, received a Spanish Journalism award for her 13-month old blog.

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April 07, 2008

Massive Blog Hackery Exposed

Tony of DJI talks about an unexpected outcome from TailRank’s River, a blog monitoring service. A large number of blogs turned out to have been hacked to promote spammy content and affiliate links.

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March 25, 2008

The Brian Gorrell Story on Media in Focus

Since the Brian Gorrell blog has emerged a couple weeks ago, I tried to steer away from it because of its libelous nature. Obviously, tens of thousands of people are visiting this Australian guy’s blog about his Filipino ex-lover and the $70,000 money the latter owed him that it has gotten him much attention from the press. This evening, we taped the panel discussion at ANC’s Media in Focus discussing the social and legal ramifications of this phenomenon.

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March 12, 2008

Malu Fernandez gunning for Master Link Baiter of the Year

I’m amused with people who speak their mind and exercise their freedom of speech whether or not they’re correct, morally upright, or just plain misguided. At least, they stand and own up to their words.

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January 22, 2008

All Healthy Ecosystems have Parasites

That’s what Founder and former Technorati CEO David Sifry said when asked to comment about the latest numbers and development in the blogosphere.

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January 15, 2008

Giz got balls!

The recent controversy over the recent CES has gotten everyone hyped up. One Gizmodo editor pulled a prank by turning off a few TVs with a remote and eventually got banned from future conferences.

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December 31, 2007

Top 10 Predictions for 2008

Last day of the year 2007. As we head for another year, let me venture a fearless forecast for 2008.

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November 21, 2007

Comment Trolling Has A Psychological Explanation

The hot item over at TechCrunch is all about comment trolling having some psychological explanation. Well, of course, every human action has some sort of psychological explanation except of course if one has a bout of epilepsy.

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October 31, 2007

How to deal with arbitrary feed subscribers?

One of the fastest ways of getting feed subscribers is by offering RSS-to-Email subscriptions in your blog. This gives visitors a way to get updates from your blog even if they’re not familiar with feed readers like Bloglines, Netvibes or FeedDemon. However, this option also opens you to accidental or arbitrary subscribers.

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October 08, 2007

Want to opt-in?

Every so often, a company, media agency or PR firm would contact me and ask for help on how to reach specific bloggers. Given that most of them are still uninitiated and do not have a comprehensive understanding of the local blogosphere, they find it hard to initiate the engagement.

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