GigaOM, VentureBeat and ReadWriteWeb will be part of expanded technology coverage at the, the paper announced today.  The announcement is part of a redesign of business pages along with a major increase in coverage in a number of sectors including "green" tech and economic issues. The redesigned page goes live today.

Yesterday I interviewed Vindu Goel,
deputy technology editor at The Times about the expanded coverage
including the arrangement with the power bloggers and the hiring of new
staff reporters.

He said that the content from the blogs will start to surface on the
paper’s pages in October.  He said that the blogs will send a feed of
selected posts, five of which will be posted at a time. The posts will
reside on The Times and will have button back to the blog’s home page.

This development is similar to the Washington Post’s syndication
deal with paidContent and TechCrunch.  Both blogs have a prominent
location on the paper’s tech page.

Last night I reached Matt Marshall, the editor and CEO of VentureBeat.  He sent me this statement.

"The deal with the Times is just great for VentureBeat. It’s an
endorsement of something we’ve been working hard to achieve, which is to
publish content that is credible, edited, engaging and informative. It brings
us potentially millions of more readers, and brings the companies we write
about tons of more exposure."

Here’s what Richard MacManus of RWW told us.

"This is great news for us, because it brings our
brand of web technology news, reviews and analysis to a much wider audience. It
also means that the innovative and often little known startups we write about
daily get a chance to be seen in a mainstream publication. The New York Times has a reputation for quality and
in-depth journalism, attributes that we strive for on ReadWriteWeb – so we’re
excited about this partnership. This is also further vindication that blogs are
increasingly being accepted as mainstream news and analysis providers."

Here’s Om’s post.  Here’s Vindu’s.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer

Disclosure:  Beet Media has done video production services for The New York Times Company.