The New York Times extended the TimesPeople social networking features across the site last night, adding a layer of Digg-esque recommendation and rating to its news stories. It's a free service designed to encourage users to spend more time on the site and drive up the number of ad page views.
This took me to Umapper.com which has to be the best map service I've come across. It's excellent!
"But as the Blogosphere grows in size and influence, the lines between what is a blog and what is a mainstream media site become less clear. Larger blogs are taking on more characteristics of mainstream sites and mainstream sites are incorporating styles and formats from the Blogosphere. In fact, 95% of the top 100 US newspapers have reporter blogs"