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Engadget was founded by Peter Rojas, a former editor and co-found of Gizmodo, in 2004, and has quickly grown into one of the more popular technology blogs on the net. The blog is currently owned by AOL, which purchased Engadget's then parent company in 2005. Engadget is updated daily with posts that cover breaking news stories in mobile, gaming, home theaters, audio and video equipment and software. Engadget also has its own podcast and operates three affiliated sites: Engadget Mobile, Engadget HD and Engadget Alt.
This blog focuses on teaching reading and literacy to K-12 students, and draws upon the founder's experience as an expert and an author in the field. Some of Karen Tankersley's published books include Threads of Reading: Strategies for Literacy Development and Literacy Strategies for Grades 4-12: Reinforcing the Threads of Reading. Current posts on The Threads of Reading Blog are Building Vocabulary with a Class Thesaurus, Professional Development for Teachers is Vital to School Success and Visual Text Can Increase Student Comprehension.
Literary Kicks is geared towards avid readers of poetry, fiction and cultural criticism. The site was established in 1994 and has hosted poetry readings in New York City as well as various locations in the United States. An online poetry forum, Action Poetry, can be found on the blog, and Literary Kicks also publishes books, which are linked to Amazon for purchase. Current articles on the site include Indie Crime Fiction: The Re-Animators, A Talk with Sohrab Homi Fracis and Philosophy Weekend: The Crisis of Wanting a Job, or Having One.
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This blog was started by a former elementary school librarian with 32 years of experience in reading guidance. Book reviews are featured on the site, and the books covered are appropriate for preschool-age children to young adult readers. Parents frequent the site to see which books might tickle the fancy of their children's imaginations. Current reviews include Karen Katz's Waah, Waah, Waah!: The Babies on the Bus, Georgia Bragg's R.I.P.: How They Croaked, Kate Messner's Back to School: Sea Monster's First Day and Lane Smith's It's a Little Book.
ComicsAlliance covers the world of pop culture and comics. The blog is designed for unabashed geeks who crave information about the upcoming Star Wars Blu-Ray release, DC Comics' re-launch of 52 new number one titles and other breaking news items. The blog also has an opinions section, which includes articles from its knowledgeable stable of writers. One of its writers, Chris Simms, made an appearance on The Daily Show in March of this year to discuss the controversy surrounding the introduction of a Muslim superhero called Nightrunner.
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