IAC/InterActiveCorp Faces Lawsuit to Remove Barry Diller

I wonder if Jim Lanzone is quietly chuckling to himself over news that Liberty Media is suing to have Barry Diller removed from the board of IAC/InterActiveCorp.

Reuters reports the suit comes as Liberty Media’s John Malone is trying to get Diller and six other IAC board members removed.

Diller has long controlled Liberty Media’s voting rights in board matters, per a proxy agreement, but Liberty lawyers argue those rights were revoked when Diller decided to pursue the spin-offs without Liberty’s consent. Malone’s lawyers claim such consent is required under the agreement that gives Diller the rights in the first place.

Liberty also said in court papers it would remove Diller as a director of an entity called BDTV, which it argues would take away his power to vote its shares, which constitute roughly half of Liberty’s IAC voting power. About 99 percent of BDTV is owned by Liberty subsidiaries.

WordPress Announces Twitter Inspired “Prologue”

It seems Automattic’s Matt Mullenweg and team have gotten the Twitter bug. In fact, they love the idea of micro-updates so much, they’ve launched a new WordPress theme that lets you create your own blog version of Twitter. They’ve named it Prologue.

Here’s how it looks:

(click image for live demo)

Here’s how it works:

Basically how it works is when someone has the ability to post to a blog they see a short form at the top of the home page with a post box and tags. There they can post short messages about what they’re doing.

Google Docs Gearing-up for Offline Access?

Back in October, we shared news that Google Calendar was requesting permission to use Google Gears to provide offline access. We’re still waiting on that.

Now it appears Google Blogoscoped is seeing something similar with Google Docs.

(image courtesy of Google Blogoscoped)

After enabling offline access and confirming the security warning for Google Gears, my documents started to synchronize, just the same as feed items synchronize in Google Reader. (In case you encounter any error messages, Google allows you to reset and disable offline access through the offline access settings dialog box.)

Disappointingly, I wasn’t able to actually view or edit any of my documents after going offline; I could only view them in the document list and received a Firefox “Offline mode” message when I tried. However, I was able to perform simple operations like renaming and starring them while being offline, which were successfully synchronized once I reconnected.

Linky Goodness, January 28

Happy Monday!

Google Experimenting with New Search Views

Google started promoting their Experimental Search product more actively last week. This week, they’re making the formal announcement of new views in Experimental Search—with a familiar-sounding rationale.

There have been a lot of recent improvements to web search, but the appearance of results themselves has been pretty constant — 10 or so web pages in a vertical list. Frequently this is exactly the right format, but for some searches you need more options and more control. That’s why we’ve created our experimental search page to let you try out some of our newest ideas.

Now, Experimental Search isn’t new news—and neither is a search interface that’s not just a list of 10 blue links. However, these particular views are purpose-specific and don’t just make the search page look nicer—they could make it easier to find and understand data.

Pilgrim’s Picks for January 28th – Lego Edition

Lego–those colorful bricks you just can’t help playing with–celebrates its 50th birthday today, and Google is helping them celebrate with a special logo.

Here’s the other news going on today:

Target Learns Exactly Why it Should Engage Bloggers

Last week I watched the blog storm surrounding Target’s decision not to talk to a blogger, because it only focused on traditional media outlets.

Today, I see the story has made the New York Times. Yo, Target, is that traditional enough for ya?

“Unfortunately we are unable to respond to your inquiry because Target does not participate with nontraditional media outlets,” a public relations person wrote to ShapingYouth.

“This practice,” the public relations person added, “is in place to allow us to focus on publications that reach our core guest,” as Target refers to its shoppers.

Word of the exchange quickly spread and the blogosphere did not appreciate the slight. “Target doesn’t participate in new media channels?” asked the Web site for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association. Target “dismisses bloggers” commented the blog for Parents for Ethical Marketing. “Ahem! So bloggers don’t count!” Ms. Jussel chimed in on ShapingYouth.