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Reuters: Blog publishers stealing web limelight

Eric Auchard reports on how weblogs are becoming more important.

Dave Winer, a pioneering Silicon Valley-based software programmer who is widely credited with spearheading the self-publishing movement, sees blogging following a well-worn path into the mainstream.

“At first the geeks go for a new information technology. It is required for that to happen. Then you have the lawyers and the librarians. Following very closely after that comes education and business,” he said.

Winer, whose six-years-and-running “Scripting News” is one of the oldest surviving blogs, recently launched a project called “Weblogs at Harvard” which seeks to string together the dozens of blogs with Web addresses ending in .harvard.edu.

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