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Six Apart Launches Vox Private Blogs

Six Apart, the same team that gave us TypePad and Movable Type, has finally launched their new service Vox. After being tested in beta by more than 50,000 users, the new platform brings bloggers a host of new features, including five different levels of privacy. Six Apart is betting that many users will like being able to decide who gets to see their blog post…

“Not everything has to be published for public consumption,” said Mena Trott, who with her husband Ben co-founded Six Apart in 2002. “Everyone has their own assumptions about blogs. We think it is about publishing the stuff you care about to the people you care about,” she said in an interview.

Goodbye Pluck RSS Reader

Sid has news that Pluck will be shutting down its RSS reader service after giving it a good effort over the past two years.

According to Pluck

You have until 1/5/2007 to export your data, after which our servers will be turned off and your data will be deleted. Note that the Pluck RSS readers are not supported for use on the new releases of IE (version 7) and FireFox (version 2).

I guess they just decided it wasn’t worth the effort to compete against the likes of Bloglines and the new Google Reader.

Blog Aggregator Blogniscient Acquired

Top10Media, owners of TopTenSources (a human edited blog aggregator), have decided they can’t fully rely on the human intervention model and have acquired blog aggregator Blogniscient.

Never heard of Blogniscient? Here’s what they have to say about themselves…

Blogniscient categorizes and ranks blogs and blog articles in real time, providing up-to-date information on the hottest blog entries in a user-friendly format. Blogniscient organizes blogs and blog articles by category, allowing you to easily navigate between categories of interest and see the most sought-after information within each category.

Hat-tip to the TC guys.

Blogging Scholarship for Students

Aaron points to a new blogging scholarship being offered to hard-up students that have a passion for blogging.