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New Look and New Focus for Valleywag

Nick Denton’s not too pleased with the path Nick Douglas was taking Valleywag, so he’s kicked him out, changed the look of the site and announced a new focus on more hard-hitting news.

Personally, I liked the old look better and traditional valley reporters are abundant on the web. Oh well, I guess it’s all about the greenbacks.

ReviewMe Goes Live

Looks like ReviewMe has gone live with their pay-per-review service (first mentioned here) that connects advertisers with bloggers.

I see some familiar names have already signed-up.

TechCrunch has more details.

No PayPerPost for WordPress.com Hosted Blogs

If you’re hosting your blog at WordPress.com, your grand plan to make lots of money from PayPerPost.com, just came crashing down around you.

According to an email received from WordPress, joining PayPerPost is not allowed if you use their free hosting.

Here’s the email…

Hi,

It has come to our attention that you may be involved with PayPerPost.
This breaches our Terms of Service.

Either:
- every post that has any connection with PayPerPost is removed immediately
or
- the blog is removed with no chance of it’s return

If you choose to remove the posts your blog will be checked and if there
remains any doubt then we will remove it.

Do not ignore this email.
Action will be taken in 7 hours from the time this email is sent
.

Via Scoble.

Mark Cuban, You Are Free to Leave the Blogosphere

I have a lot of respect for Mark Cuban as a businessman, but as a blogger, he’s nothing but a whining little kid. If becoming an overnight billionaire and owning an NBA team turns you into a Grinch, then I wish it never happens to me.

Mark’s chosen gripe of the week is to complain about blogs that simply point to other blog stories.

Far be it for me to be a cynic, but it sure seems like more blogs are being written with the goal of getting traffic than with the goal of saying something original. Its almost as if bloggers are the new rappers with Blog Pimpin and Blogwars becoming analogous to Rap Wars.

AdSense Now Offers Site Target Options for AdWords Advertisers

Jennifer Slegg informs us that Google has added new custom targeting channels for AdSense publishers. The new option allows AdSense users to label different ad units on their site, and allows AdWords advertisers to see this units and select them for their ads.

Publishers will need to turn the feature on for each relevant custom channel in their account, or set up brand new custom channels, breaking down the site or ad units in ways they feel advertisers will want to target them. Then advertisers can access the channel information for specific publishers in order to pick and chose what to target on the site.

Jen has more over her own blog.

Skype to Offer Bloggers Live Chat Rooms

CNET has details of Skype’s plans to offer bloggers the ability to host audio chats from their own web site.

The next version of Skype will enable people to post a link on a blog or Web site that will take people to a public chat room when clicked on.

There’s no timeline for the launch, but Skype execs say the feature is coming “soon”.

Skype is also in talks with many social networking sites about offering services that would allow members to share content with each other in conversations.

LoudLaunch.com Jumps on Paid Blogging Bandwagon

The blogging purists of the world will wince when they discover yet another launch of a service that pays bloggers to write about a certain company or product.

Steve Rubel has the barest of details on LoudLaunch.com which appears to take a slightly different post to the likes of PayPerPost.com.

There’s not much to be found on the LoudLaunch web site either…

Loud Launch is building a smart platform which connects savvy advertisers with influential web personalities (bloggers).

We are excited to tell you more soon, so please sign up to be notified when we launch. You’ll love whats coming…get paid for doing what you already do!