3 developments that caught my attention:

  1. Movable Type increases its speed with FastCGI which leads to the following benefits:
    • Improved Application Performance — we mentioned it increases the performance by 15x, an increase largely attributable to state caching between page requests. This reduces both page load time and database load ? two major complaints aired by many MT users.
    • Faster Commenting — Movable Type typically takes forever to channel comments, due in part to the fact that it routes them through the application in order to filter spam and make them easy for publishers to edit or remove them. FastCGI hastens the pace of this process.
    • Enhanced Reliability — The new MT app requires fewer resources to load a page, thereby reducing server and database loads, which leaves more room for the functioning of other applications and system components.
    • Resistance to Spam — MT already does a decent job against spam but no application is perfect. FastCGI enables comment spam to get recognized and processed more quickly, which lowers the network overload that often occurs during a spam attack.
  2. Google has passed by Apple towards the top spot in a global brand ranking. YouTube and Wikipedia debut in the top five.
    I think this is quite amazing. In a few years time the brands that enable mass community and sociable internet outrank product brands like Nike… a very interesting presentation of the influence of these internet based companies and its consuming audience.
  3. Blogs are set to become mainstream media with more than 80 million people aged 16 to 44 writing one.
    Another confirmation of the development in social networking. Taking into account that every second a new weblog is created, these figures will soon take on even more enormous values…

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