New and noted

Backfence launches: the latest hyperlocal news sites
Backpack is live: A getting organized tool from the Basecamp folks–of course I am trying it.
4 3 Things wins a Webby and Erik Benson sez: “Holy shit! Yesterday I gave a stool sample in order to diagnose my Brazilian parasite and today 43 Things wins a Webby for best social networking site! Can these two seeming disconnected events be somehow cosmically linked?!?!
Kelsey Local Search conference: How far away is mobile, really? (Tony Gentile’ s notes)
Blogspotting: At the BDI conference today, PubSub’s Bob Wyman said at there were more bloggers in Korea, China and Japan combined than in the rest of the world