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July 28, 2004 | By Steve Davis and Grant Reeher
Just four years ago, the Internet-savvy political world was ablaze with excitement about the 2000 conventions. In Philadelphia, the Republicans paved the convention hall's "Internet alley" with 6,600 miles of fiber-optic cable, making it the first truly "wired" party convention. New robo- reporters were outfitted with headcams to stream live feeds from the floor to home PCs. Startup companies offered gimmicks, chief among them software by speakout.com, whose users could connect and rate prime-time speakers literally paragraph by paragraph, creating a flashy, if shallow, "national EKG" of public opinion.
NEWS
August 23, 2010 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia was once again the subject of head-scratching and ridicule on Monday, this time with the "blog tax" controversy. On BuzzFeed, a popular website for stories, photos, and video competing to go viral, "Philadelphia Blogger's License: $300" was in the running, in between videos of a bored cat having a birthday party and Lady Gaga dancing at a Kiss concert. New York magazine's website weighed in, as did the Washington Post's. The New York Daily News had a story about "Cash-strapped Philly" resorting to a blog "tax.
NEWS
August 24, 2010 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia was once again the subject of head-scratching and ridicule on Monday, this time with the "blog tax" controversy. On BuzzFeed, a popular website for stories, photos, and video competing to go viral, "Philadelphia Blogger's License: $300" was in the running, in between videos of a bored cat having a birthday party and Lady Gaga dancing at a Kiss concert. New York magazine's website weighed in, as did the Washington Post's. The New York Daily News had a story about "Cash-strapped Philly" resorting to a blog "tax.
NEWS
May 1, 2011 | By Mohana Ravindranath, Inquirer Staff Writer
Self-described "citizen blogger" Faye Anderson said she is all about civic engagement - and she called the style at Saturday's BarCamp "the epitome of civic engagement. " Anderson was among attendees at the third annual BarCamp NewsInnovation event at Temple University's Annenberg Hall, organized by TechnicallyMedia, the company behind tech blog "TechnicallyPhilly. " Anderson, who writes a daily blog, " Anderson@Large ," said she had come to BarCamp to pick up tips about blogging and social media.
NEWS
July 27, 2004 | By Daniel Rubin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This is the medium of the moment in action: Dave Winer, 49, shows up for his Democratic National Convention credentials and realizes that he doesn't have to stand the long "radio, TV and print" line. He's a blogger. There is no line. Two tables, no waiting. Just go in, show your ID, and you're done. "That was depressingly easy," says Winer, as he pulls out a microphone and plugs it into his computer, enabling him to record every conversation he has - yes, it will be online within minutes - so the world can listen as he experiences the subway rides, the protests, the political pageantry.
NEWS
December 16, 2003 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
'Holy Cow!" "I'm still reeling!" "Somebody do a bed check on Charles Manson!" Worldwide chatter about Saddam Hussein erupted in the blogosphere within minutes of his capture and was still at fever pitch yesterday. Warbloggers rejoiced. Anti-war bloggers searched for clouds behind the silver lining. Iraqi bloggers praised Allah. And a soldier who's a translator and interrogator and goes by the nom de blog Baghdaddy (whosyourbaghdaddy.blog-city.com) compared reaction there to a Star Wars movie.
NEWS
March 16, 2005
If you think the Bloggies is the name of a British animal-training show or a newly diagnosed mental-health condition, please go immediately to the nearest computer and connect your brain to the 21st century's hottest medium. The Bloggies are to journal-keeping on the Web - better known as blogging - what the Emmies are to television and the Oscars are to movies. They are the annual awards handed out to the best of blogs. Like the practice itself, the awards are all about individuals having a distinct voice amid the ink and chatter of the mainstream media.
NEWS
April 14, 2005 | By Beth Gillin INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The tip jar, which took hold in the early 1990s with the explosion of coffee bars, has long since extended its guilt grip to the dry cleaner, doughnut shop, and ice-cream drive-through. So it was probably inevitable that it would migrate to cyberspace, where virtual tip jars have been sparking debates about greed, overreaching and taxes. With the tax deadline tomorrow, there has been chatter about whether cybertips are income, an issue the IRS has yet to address. But for bloggers with high traffic, devoted followings, or persuasive begging skills, tip jars can mean big bucks, with some A-list bloggers pulling in thousands of dollars a year.
NEWS
September 9, 2010 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 15 people - bloggers, freelancers, and small-business owners - took up the city's invitation to meet for happy hour Wednesday in Old City to clear the air about what they owe in taxes and fees. At least that many city representatives were on hand at National Mechanics, a bar on Third Street, to lend a sympathetic ear and also dispel lingering notions that Philadelphia has a "blogger's tax. " Andrea Mannino, special assistant to the city's revenue commissioner, said city officials had begun to discuss changing, and maybe eliminating, the fee required for a business-privilege license.
NEWS
February 17, 2005
Nothing's been hotter in the blogosphere in recent days than news accounts of the Durham (N.C.) Herald-Sun reporter fired after she posted a workplace rant - "I really hate my place of employment" - on her personal Internet diary, or blog. It wasn't the first time an employer had dumped cold water on this free and easy world of online musings. With as many as two dozen cases documented, more bloggers are being asked to clean out their cubicles. Some employees who blog ran afoul of their bosses for Internet postings made on company time at their office computer terminals.
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September 2, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
VARIETY REPORTS that Melania Trump , wife of you-know-who, filed a libel lawsuit Thursday against the parent company of the Daily Mail and Maryland blogger/author/activist historian Webster Tarpley . Melania's mouthpiece, attorney Charles Harder , who recently handled Hulk Hogan 's big court win against Gawker Media, said in a statement that the defendants "made several statements about Mrs. Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging...
NEWS
May 2, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A blogger who wrote about Kathryn Knott - the Bucks County woman convicted of participating in a 2014 attack on a gay couple in Center City - has sued Knott, Knott's father, the Bucks County district attorney, and others. Kathleen O'Donnell, 61, of Norristown, says in her lawsuit filed Friday in federal court, that her free-speech rights were violated and that she was fired from her job the day Bucks detectives went to her workplace asking about her online writings. Knott, 25, of Southampton, is serving a five-to-10-month jail sentence at the Riverside Correctional Facility in Holmesburg after she was convicted in December of simple assault and related charges for her role in the Sept.
FOOD
April 15, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, RESTAURANT CRITIC
Every spring, new cookbooks will bloom like flowers. But this season, two worthy volumes have cropped up from familiar names. From an evocative guide to cooking seasonally with the sustainable meats raised at dreamy Wyebrook Farm in Chester County to a strong book on cocktails (and food pairings) from a coauthor also known as Madame Fromage, this pair of offerings has a decidedly delicious local flavor. Field & Feast, by Dean Carlson with Ian Knauer and Andrew Wood (Burgess Lea Press, $35)
NEWS
September 7, 2015 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
They were love letters to a city. Some about places we all know, but maybe do not appreciate. Others about hidden spots only few have heard of. A hike to the Pavilion in the Trees, a hard-to-find tree house high above Fairmount Park. The old-world aromas of Port Richmond's Polish caf├ęs. The charms of one of the city's few remaining clapboard houses, nestled along Moyamensing Avenue. Notes of affection and wonder, some with a touch of schmaltz. Others, in true Philly form, with blunt honesty.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THIS CASE MAY have you scratching your heads. It started out as a defamation case pitting a dog-rights activist, Jenny Stephens, against the state's former top dog-law enforcer, Jessie Smith, and Smith's attorney, Andrew Barbin. But what it really boiled down to was a question about attorneys and what protection they have when they send copies of lawsuits to the media for publication. A Philadelphia civil jury yesterday found that Stephens, of Montgomery County, who was also a blogger, was defamed by Barbin after he sent a lawsuit he filed against her to the Inquirer . The jury awarded Stephens $100,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.
FOOD
July 3, 2015 | By Jill P. Capuzzo, For The Inquirer
On the third Saturday of the month, about 200 Southern Californians trek to a San Diego farm just north of the Mexican border for what might be the country's biggest monthly potluck. In Nashville, it's the third Thursday when residents from all parts of the city come together to share dishes they've prepared, preferably using ingredients from their own gardens. Then there's the annual summer food bloggers' potluck in upper Bucks County that has become such a major event that it draws sponsorship from prominent food corporations.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few years ago, Tiffany Beveridge was contemplating whether she wanted to have a third child. Instead, she gave birth to a Pinterest board. Titled "My Imaginary Well-Dressed Toddler Daughter," the page on the visual social-networking site was a place where the Landenberg resident and mother of two boys, ages 11 and 16, could simultaneously indulge her longing for gorgeous girls' fashions and lampoon the culture the kiddy-couture images encapsulated....
NEWS
October 6, 2014 | By Laura Weiss, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a patient with Ebola infected seven nurses at Phebe Hospital in Bong County, Liberia, the response was dramatic. The staff abandoned the hospital, and then the patients who could walk left, too. Adam C. Levine, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Brown University, wrote about that incident for the Huffington Post under the title "Dispatch From Liberia. " He later described how the International Medical Corps had called him, a member of its emergency response team, to respond.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Willingboro Township Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind its controversial decision to rename the John F. Kennedy Center - the town's former high school - as the Barack Obama Center. Cheers erupted among the more than 200 people who filled the bleachers and chairs at the JFK Center's auditorium, where the meeting was held. Many said they had come to protest a name change they viewed as disrespectful of a beloved president. The uproar wasn't about President Obama in this predominantly middle-class black community of 31,000, which had voted for the nation's first black president twice.
NEWS
August 1, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
THE WORK OF local photographer/blogger Conrad Benner caught the eye of the people behind Rihanna 's new tour. An image that Benner, a noted chronicler of the city's streets, took of SEPTA's abandoned Spring Garden Station on the Broad-Ridge Spur will be a part of her new tour, appearing behind the mega-pop star while she sings her hit "Man Down. " Benner, who runs a site called Streets Dept (streetsdept.com), described his sojourn to the station in a 2013 blog post as "an abandoned mecca for graffiti artists and urban explorers alike, who are arguably the only people showing the old station any love.
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