Google is very powerful, but it has been cautious about expanding its reach. It bought, a service that collects and indexes Usenet newsgroup postings, and it recently started Google News, which is a fascinating alternative to CNN and MSNBC.

Yesterday Google announced that it has acquired Pyra Labs, owner of, the company that invented much of the technology for creating the online journals known as “blogs.” (bruceb news is hosted by

This article has a good description of what blogs are all about, as well as details about the deal announced yesterday

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