Business Insider: Russian influencers and bloggers say they were offered as much as $100,000 to support Putin’s bid to extend his term to 2036

Business Insider: Russian influencers and bloggers say they were offered as much as $100,000 to support Putin’s bid to extend his term to 2036. “Russian influencers claim they were offered as much as $100,000 to write posts calling on fellow citizens to vote in the country’s national referendum, which could see President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power tighten for more than a decade.”

US Copyright Office: Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works

US Copyright Office: Copyright Office Issues Final Rule to Create Group Registration Option for Short Online Literary Works. “The U.S. Copyright Office has issued a final rule creating a new group registration option for short online literary works such as blog entries, social media posts, and short online articles. The Office initiated this rulemaking in December 2018, when it issued a proposed rule that would allow applicants to register up to fifty short online literary works with one application and one filing fee.”

Man of Many: 9-Eyes Captures Human Beings in Their Natural Habitat

Man of Many: 9-Eyes Captures Human Beings in Their Natural Habitat. “Named for the nine cameras that the Google Street View cars use, the 9-Eyes blog is an homage to just how beautifully weird our world is. It has been a massive undertaking, years in the process, but amongst the sea of mundane and boring photos, there are plenty of gems. You’ll find everything from kids playing in the streets, to military personnel riding in the back of a jeep with fully automatic weapons. Animals make an appearance, including a tiger walking across an empty parking lot, or a monkey sitting on a wall taking in the view. Vignettes of everyday life are presented without any context, often leaving you wondering what the story is behind the image that was captured.”

Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland

Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland. “A West African king claims he has been defamed in a series of social media posts by an Irish-based blogger, the High Court has heard. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, known as Ojaja II who is the traditional ruler and spiritual leader of the Yoruba people, claims that he has been defamed in video clips and other posts, that have appeared on Facebook and YouTube, by Esther Esabod Aboderin.”

9to5 Google: Blogger gets Material Theme revamp, responsive design on the web

9to5 Google: Blogger gets Material Theme revamp, responsive design on the web. “Blogger’s ‘improved web experience’ was quietly announced in May and very much in line with other Google Material Theme revamps. The new look increases spacing, while the navigation drawer can now be hidden by tapping the hamburger icon in the top-left corner. Meanwhile, articles are displayed in cards with faint outlines, which is again par for the course.”

The Guardian: Finland enlists social influencers in fight against Covid-19

The Guardian: Finland enlists social influencers in fight against Covid-19. “Finland has enlisted social influencers in the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that they are just as useful as mainstream media in a crisis when it needs to inform the population fast, clearly and accurately.”

DMARGE: Influencers Face Criticism For ‘Blogging As Usual’ During Bali Shutdown

DMARGE: Influencers Face Criticism For ‘Blogging As Usual’ During Bali Shutdown. “Indonesia has so far recorded just 790 positive cases of Covid-19 across a nation of more than 270 million, and 58 deaths. However, ‘For the past few days, the number of positive cases has increased by about 100 each day.’ ‘Many health care professionals fear Indonesia is on the brink of a crisis and that the true number of cases and deaths is much higher.’ In other words: for now, stay inside. This is exactly what couple Marie Fe and Jake Snow, who make a living blogging the world, are doing.”

British Library: 10 years of the Medieval Manuscripts Blog

British Library: 10 years of the Medieval Manuscripts Blog. “This month is an exciting anniversary for us: it has been ten years since the British Library’s award-winning Medieval Manuscripts Blog began back in February 2010. It’s a decade that has seen large-scale digitisation, blockbuster exhibitions, exciting acquisitions and fascinating discoveries, and the Blog has been our main way of letting you know about them all. We aim to be inspiring, informative and amusing and above all to share with you the manuscripts love. To celebrate our big anniversary, join us in looking back at some of the Blog’s highlights over the years.”

Google Classroom (still) to the rescue: Blogging, vlogging, and podcasting (Ditch that Textbook)

Ditch that Textbook: Google Classroom (still) to the rescue: Blogging, vlogging, and podcasting. “My top performing post by far debuted in January, 2018, and deals with how to use the new Google Sites for blogging while combining it with Google Classroom to provide our students with the authentic audience they need and the feedback via comments that are still safe. Since then, I’ve opened up the platforms to include Adobe Spark Page and Wakelet, giving my high school students control over which platform they prefer, but I still sitesmash (like an app smash…but with websites) with Google Classroom to give me the control over the comments that I prefer.”

Techdirt: Nevada’s Top Court Says The State’s Journalist Shield Law Also Applies To Bloggers

Techdirt: Nevada’s Top Court Says The State’s Journalist Shield Law Also Applies To Bloggers. “Some good news for journalists in Nevada, via FourthAmendment.com. A decision made earlier this year by a state court has been reversed, resulting in an expansion of the protections offered by the state’s journalist shield law.”

The Verge: WordPress introduces a new way for bloggers to get paid

The Verge: WordPress introduces a new way for bloggers to get paid. “WordPress, one of the internet’s leading purveyors of blog infrastructure and hosting, has taken a step toward making blogging more sustainable by allowing sites to easily accept recurring payments. Think: subscriptions. The tool will be available to anyone with a paid WordPress site and to sites that use the company’s Jetpack toolkit.”

The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl

The Guardian: Happy 25th year, blogging. You’ve grown up, but social media is still having a brawl. “…the blogosphere met the three criteria for such a public sphere: universal access; rational debate (any topic could be raised by any participant); and the disregard of social rank. And as with the Usenet groups of the early, pre-web internet, it was full of vigorous and sometimes raucous discussion. But then along came social media, in the shape of Facebook (2004), YouTube (2005) and Twitter (2006) in particular.”

Phys .org: New ideal housewife image being created by social media influencers and bloggers

Phys .org: New ideal housewife image being created by social media influencers and bloggers. “The new generation of successful female bloggers and influencers on social media are changing the identity of the stereotypical ‘ideal’ housewife. This is according to a new study by Magdalena Petersson McIntyre, a researcher at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg.”

Library of Virginia: Welcome to the new blog of the Library of Virginia, The UncommonWealth!

Library of Virginia: Welcome to the new blog of the Library of Virginia, The UncommonWealth!. “As they exist, our blogs Fit to Print and Out of the Box capture only a fraction of all that the Library has and does. In The UncommonWealth: Voices from the Library of Virginia, we aim to expand our scope to help you learn more about what we do, why we do it, and how our efforts relate to current issues and events. We also plan to tell you more about your fellow Virginians who work here at the Library, spotlighting staff members, specialized professions, and public libraries.”