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Too much blogging can be hazardous to your job. That’s the lesson of yet another corporate employee who says he was fired because of his blog.

“I was terminated from Google,” Mark Jen wrote last week on his blog, 99zeros.blogspot.com. “Either directly or indirectly, my blog was the reason.”

Jen was on the job only 11 days, but his descriptions of corporate life were apparently a bit too candid.

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He wrote about “1,500 sales people getting drunk at a company sponsored party,” followed by more decadence at an annual company ski trip.

But the former Microsoftie must have really hit a sensitive nerve when he compared the pay and benefits of Google and Microsoft.

Companies are eyeing blogs as a new marketing tool. But if Jen’s experience is any indication, corporate bosses are obviously not willing to give employees the freedom they had while writing diatribes in their pajamas.

Moving to life in the office apparently requires a skill not often practiced in the blogosphere: self-restraint.


Mobile on the go




More than
236 million consumers in the U.S. are expected to have mobile-

phone service of some type

by 2010.

Source: The Diffusion Group

Bloggers on the case

Meanwhile, diligent bloggers without a corporate day job managed to expose White House “correspondent” Jeff Gannon of the conservative Web site Talon News.

Gannon quit his job last week in the midst of an online investigation into the validity of his media credentials and allegations that he was linked to pornographic Web sites.

Turns out that Gannon, who attended White House briefings and addressed questions to President Bush, was using a false name.

DailyKos, Eschaton, MediaMatters and other bloggers revealed his real name to be James Guckert and Talon News to be a Web site run by a Republican activist from Texas.

Net and disasters

Could new Internet applications become useful tools during a natural disaster?

Technology company PubSub says it has added real-time earthquake and tsunami data from the U.S. Geological Survey to its search engine.

The PubSub alert service is typically used by marketing gurus to track what’s being said about their companies or products.

But the same notification service could also be put to use to alert subscribers during emergencies, PubSub says.

The Internet, as well as mobile phones, has often been fairly resilient during natural disasters. Now, if only those gadgets were waterproof.

At the heart of tech

Proving once again that Valentine’s Day is a marketer’s dream, companies are coming out with surveys to show just how much their tech products can improve your love life.

The Web site Classmates.com claims that most people responding to its annual Romance Poll still think about their first love or high-school sweetheart. And 70 percent of them find the Internet is an increasingly popular place to find love.

Cingular Wireless boasts that its own survey shows more and more cellphone users communicate with their dates by text messaging. But there’s one thing Web savvy sweethearts might be finding less of: online Viagra.

More Wi-Fi noise

The debate over municipal wireless Internet service rose another decibel when Philadelphia’s chief information officer, Dianah Neff, blasted her critics in a column on the News.com Web site.

The existing local carriers don’t provide high-speed broadband services at rates low-income residents can afford, so they shouldn’t complain when cities come up with their own plans, she said.

Philadelphia plans to offer wireless broadband access by summer 2006.

As other cities consider such projects, the debate over public or private Wi-Fi is likely to get a lot louder.

On the record

New service:
Seattle-based Melodeo introduced peer-to-peer music sharing that allows cellphone users to purchase and download music tracks and send it to other phone users via Bluetooth. The recipient can listen to a 30-second sample and purchase it.

Partnership:
Bellevue-based Ecuity announced a joint development with Azatel Communications of Richmond, B.C., to develop a voice-over-Internet-protocol service for nonbroadband homes and businesses.

New business:
Tideworks Technology, based in Seattle, announced an agreement with Intershipping Terminal Services for terminal-operations management systems in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela.

New management:
Bob Hunsberger, former chief executive of Widcomm and Metawave Communications, has been named CEO of NetMotion Wireless, based in Seattle.

Download, a column of news bits, observations and miscellany, is gathered by The Seattle Times technology staff. We can be reached at 206-464-2265 or biztech@seattletimes.com.