Yahoo Partners with Al Gore’s Current TV

ClickZ reports Yahoo has partnered with Current TV – partly owned by former VP Al Gore – to launch some ad-supported video channels on Yahoo Video.

The Yahoo Current Network launched Wednesday with four channels: Yahoo Current Buzz, Yahoo Current Action, Yahoo Current Driver and Yahoo Current Traveler. Current Buzz showcases the most popular videos rated by users, along with editorially selected and professionally produced clips.

Could Microsoft Help Spread RSS Viruses?

I hadn’t given this topic any thought, but eWeek’s Jim Rapozas asks whether RSS could become a new platform for spreading viruses and trojans.

His reasoning comes from Microsoft’s plans to a integrate RSS support with IE7 and the new operating system, Vista.

While some might suggest we have nothing to worry about and Rapozas is simply looking to spread some FUD, it certainly could happen. When you consider that IE and Windows are constanly the focus of virus and trojan attacks – due to them being so widely used – Microsoft’s adoption of RSS could give cause to make it a focus for attack.

One of the ways RSS could be utilized to spread malicious content is via the RSS enclosure tag.

A Glut of Blog Ad Networks

If you’re looking to make some money from your blog, there’s never been so many advertising options to choose from, as now.

According to ClickZ, FM Publishing, AdBrite and BlogAds are all adding advertisers and publishers at a fast clip.

A special congrats to my pal John Battelle, his FM Publishing network is up to 200 sites.

Jail Time for Video Blogger

CNET has full details of the unfolding story of Josh Wolf, a video blogger who is prepard to go to prison instead of turning over some video footage he shot of a protest that turned violent.

Wolf, who said he has no plans to hand over the outtakes from a 2005 San Francisco demonstration against the G8 summit, initially had until Wednesday afternoon to return to the Federal Correctional Institute here, according to an order by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revoking his bail Monday.

Explaining RSS to Your Mother? Let Oprah Help!

Steve Ruble points to a cute explanation of RSS feeds.

…to make RSS much easier to understand, in Oprah speak, RSS stands for: I’m “Ready for Some Storiesâ€?. It is a way online for you to get a quick list of the latest story headlines from all your favorite websites and blogs all in one place.

The guide also explains RSS readers and live bookmarks. It’s a perfect explanation for anyone who’s never heard of RSS before.

Google Fights Belgian Ruling – Round 3

While Google has complied with part of a recent Belgian court ruling – removing news stories from Belgian publishers – it’s fighting the requirement to display the court ruling, in full, on its homepage.

“We can confirm that we have lodged an opposition [to the ruling],” said Caroline Coesemans, an attorney for Stibbe, a Brussels-based law firm representing the US Internet giant.

“We argued that posting the link on the home page in Belgium is unnecessary given how much publicity this court case and the judge’s decision have received,” Google spokeswoman Rachel Whetstone said.

It does seem a little petty of the judge to ask Google to post the ruling in its entirety. Surely a link to the ruling would suffice.

Inc. 500 Survey Shows 82% of Companies Use Word of Mouth

WOMMA extracts the most used marketing practices from a Inc. 500 survey.

Word-of-mouth tops the list with 82%. Others include…

* Email marketing (58%)
* Web-based keyword purchases (51%)
* Print magazines (50%)
* Direct mail (46%)
* Web banner ads (35%)
* Print newspapers (24%)
* Television (9%)
* Billboards (6%)