Google buys Pyra

Pyra, the company behind Blogger, hammered out a deal Thursday for Google to aquire the web publishing tool and it's hosting service, Blog*Spot. Dan Gillmor broke the story. The article also links to reactions about the announcement, such as the /. thread, Ev Williams' synchronous post, and Cory Doctorow's comments. See all the weblogs that link to the announcement at blogdex.

This is big, cool news for the online independent content. And Sunday's usually a slow day for weblogging.

In related news, there are some privacy concerns that work against Google's happy, organic PR image.

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