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4:50 AM ET, September 7, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo  —  Blogging platform company Six Apart will announce this morning that it has acquired Rojo, a feed reader and search engine that competes with Bloglines and other companies.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but our assumption was that this a less than $5 million deal.
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Six Apart Buys Rojo  —  Blogging company Six Apart will soon announce it has purchased Rojo, the web-based feed reader, for undisclosed terms.  —  Six Apart won't be adding an aggregator based on Rojo, but instead incorporating some elements of the technology into its existing products, according to Six Apart CEO Barak Berkowitz.
Barak Berkowitz / Six Apart News:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks  —  I'm very happy to announce that Six Apart has acquired Rojo Networks.  As many of you know, Rojo runs the popular Rojo and Nooz services.  —  Not only are we excited to be affiliated with Rojo and Nooz, we are thrilled about the people and technologies that join Six Apart through this acquisition.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Download Squad
Six Apart Acquires Rojo Networks  —  President Chris Alden and CTO Aaron Emigh Join Six Apart Team to Lead Charge on Movable Type and Core Technologies  —  Six Apart, the world leader in blogging software and services, today announced that it had acquired Rojo Networks for an undisclosed sum.
Chris / RojoBlog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Are Feed Readers Just Another Feature?
Discussion: Message and Scripting News
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks
Discussion: Mashable! and Geeking with Greg
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
Digg Friends  —  Over the last (almost) two years we have learned a lot about the user base and how to defend digg from spam, artificial diggs, and digg fraud.  It's a battle we will continue to fight and one that we don't take lightly.  —  That said, today we read a couple blog posts that highlight users digging each others stories.
Discussion: digg
Jesusphreak / jp's domain:
Digg the rigged?  A closer look at Digg's democratic model  —  Earlier this evening (Sept. 5) I decied to take a glance at Digg's frontpage.  I do this fairly regularly, as do many other thousands of people.  —  Upon checking the frontpage, I immediately noticed a common element in several stories …
Jesusphreak / jp's domain:
'Democratic'?  'User-driven'?  These do not describe Digg  —  Earlier today I submitted an article to Digg about a flaw I have found in their submission model.  There is further info at the actual article itself, but essentially, a small group of Digg's top users are always among the first few people to 'digg' each others' stories.
Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:   Digg's Top User Says Goodbye
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
The Ultimate Blog Post  —  While blogging has only reached prominence in the last few years, it was actually invented by the ancient Romans who built a majestic blog in 200 BC from marble, granite and links they stole from the Greeks.  —  "Blog" itself is short for "weblog," which is short for …
Discussion: Labnotes and Bloggers Blog
Matthew Rand / Forbes:
Really Free Software  —  Mark Shuttleworth is rich enough to cause some havoc in the feel-good Linux community.  In January 2000, at the peak of the dot-com bubble, Shuttleworth sold his South African security software firm, Thawte, to VeriSign for $700 million in stock.
Discussion: Open Sources and digg
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Closes Door on Spyware Operation  —  An operation that placed spyware on consumers' computers in violation of federal laws will give up more than $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.  —  Under a stipulated final judgment and order, the defendants are permanently prohibited …
Will Vista stall Net traffic?  —  Thanks to new directory software, Windows Vista could put a greater load on Internet servers.  But experts disagree over whether we're headed for a prime-time traffic jam or insignificant slowdown.  —  Microsoft's launch of Windows Vista could slow …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP's iPAQ rx4000 gets a big brother: the rx5915  —  This new line of consumer-oriented HP iPAQ devices is growing into a family right quick.  We just saw the rx4000 a couple of days ago, and now we're catching wind of at least a couple rx5000 devices.  The rx5000 types go with the …
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Playstation 3 launch misfire: Europe delayed to March '07, 500k total for Japan & US  —  If you were planning on buying the Playstation 3 for gaming or as a "cheap" Blu-ray player you may want to get in line now for the November 17th launch —  not so fast Europe.
Google Doesn't Like My Ads  —  Hmm.  This is weird.  While I was going through my email from last week (when I was away to Djerba) I noticed a message from the Google AdSense team.  In that email, Google states that I violate the terms of service from AdSense by publishing 'mature content' or 'adult content'.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Staci /
Watching Katie Couric Live Online — Finally; Traffic Doubled For Debut  —  It took a couple of tries including an odd warning screen but I finally saw the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric in live simulcast tonight.  Nothing earth shattering but good video quality …
Discussion: BuzzMachine
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