UPDATE: Secret police blogger unmasked by courts

The police officer behind the award-winning Night Jack blog has been revealed. The disclosure comes as a result of detective constable Richard Horton losing a legal case in which he sought an injunction against The Times to keep his anonymity.

Mr Justice Eady refused the injunction, ruling that it was in the public interest to reveal DC Horton’s identity.

The Night Jack blog had received wide praise for its honest and frank representations of police life and was awarded the Orwell special prize for blogs earlier this year.

Unfortunately the blog has now been deleted at Wordpress, although you can still read some extracts via The Guardian.

(via The FT)

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Paul LamkinUPDATE: Secret police blogger unmasked by courts

How to: choose the perfect blogging software

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Are you feeling the need to start a blog?

Perhaps you’ve already got an account on Blogger, WordPress.com or LiveJournal but you’re ready to host your own blog.

This Tech Digest how-to guide will help you to decide which of the many pieces of blog software and hosting options is right for you.

I’ll look at:

  1. the pros and cons of the different types of blog hosting available;
  2. the benefits of having your own domain name;
  3. a quick way to narrow down the choice of which blogging software to use;
  4. an overview of the main types of blogging software;
  5. some things to look out for when it comes to choosing a web host for your blog

Head over the jump to start…

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Andy MerrettHow to: choose the perfect blogging software

Weak bloggers cave in to Metallica's new album non-review demands

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This story’s a bit of a mess. We know some UK bloggers were invited to listen to an “unmixed” demo of the new Metallica album and weren’t required to sign any non-disclosure agreements or stick to an embargo regarding what they heard.

Which meant they could all, quite legally, tell the world all about it on their blogs.

So sites like The Quietus ran with reviews (cached version here) – only to get told to take them down shortly afterwards. This has, predictably enough, turned into a mammoth Metallica HATE-FEST with everyone blaming the put-upon band for trying to break the internet again…

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Gary CutlackWeak bloggers cave in to Metallica's new album non-review demands

Facebook gets cross-platform blogging application: Blog It from Six Apart

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Hoping to appeal to high-powered bloggers who own multiple blogs and have a strong presence on Facebook, Six Apart has launched the Blog It application to let users update their blogs and “microblogs” directly from Facebook.

Six Apart are the creators of TypePad, amongst other services, but wanted to create an application that allows a wide range of platforms to be updated. Around a dozen popularw blogging platforms — including WordPress, Movable Type, Vox, and Blogger — can be updated, as well as microblogging services such as Twitter and Pownce…

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Andy MerrettFacebook gets cross-platform blogging application: Blog It from Six Apart