Google Buys Pyra

The hue and cry has gone out far and wide, but Google has bought Pyra Labs, the folks who developed and run and all of its related projects. Blogger has over 1.1 million Web logs, and some number of those pay a fee for extra services.

Google has gradually swept into its purview Usenet (the only comprehensive archive and the collective memory of ephemeral posts of the Arpanet and Internet), images, and news. Adding blogs changes the equation as they're suddenly connected with content creation.