1. The Boston Globe reports that Cardinal O'Malley, of Boston will start blogging when he goes on a trip to Rome next week.
"It is a relatively new practice for clergy to write blogs. While O'Malley is not the first Catholic leader to do so, he is the highest-ranking, a church official said."Link to story in the Globe
Link to Cardinal O'Malley's blog
2. Brookline High School, in Massachusetts (USA), has been using blogging software for at least a year. They call their site "Blog Central" (same as what IBM calls our internal blogging site). Teachers can post assignments, students host their clubs there, and parents can see what's going on (within the bounds of the security imposed). My son is using his teacher's blog to post assignments and comment on classmate's work. Each school department seems to have an area and there's one for the headmaster's announcements, which I find invaluable, so I can "quiz" the kids about what happened at school. Otherwise, I'd have no idea. I heard that J.J. Allaire was helping them out. I did notice that they've posted videos using the Brightcove service, a Cambridge startup founded by his brother, Jeremy.
3. I was talking to a friend of mine who is a 7-8th grade History teacher. He was asking me about blogs and what they are used for. I explained what they were - a way to easily share information, even start a dialog with your colleagues - and he immediately understood. He was looking for a way to extend the conversation that the teachers in the school system normally have face-to-face every month or so. He also wanted to be able to share research and resources with his colleagues. Sounds like a good use of a blog.
4. Social-networking site Facebook is reportedly in talks with Yahoo for <insert Dr. Evil voice here> 1 billion dollars!
That's it for now!
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