• The Google Base homepage now has a new look, in case you didn’t notice. It’s much more like the other Google product pages.
  • Robert Scoble suggests not sending product to bloggers for review and commentary if your product isn’t good in the first place. The only hitch there is that everyone *thinks* their product is good, don’t they?
  • On Slashdot, there’s a discussion about whether MMOG’s (massive multiplayer online games – sound familiar, anyone?) are a “third place” where people can “socialize and feel comfortable.” Welp, if anyone’s hung out with anyone who’s into Second Life at all, you’ll know that’s certainly the case for the non war-focused game.
  • Speaking of virtual environments, MTV has created its own second world. Virtual Laguna Beach is an extension of their “Laguna Beach” program and a way for the network to keep those hip young folks interacting with the MTV brand instead of going elsewhere.
  • Jack Schafer at Slate loves the new online New York Times Reader, calling it among the first actually readable online newspaper.
  • Ryan Anderson (one of two that I know, which is kind of odd) asks “What makes a successful blog” and finds the answer lies in its ability to establish a presence in the community.
  • Al Gore is interviewed by BoingBoing on the advent of CurrentTV’s new partnership with Yahoo.