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8:35 AM ET, September 7, 2006


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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
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo
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
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.
Stuart Dredge / Tech Digest:
Sony's PS3 delay: the implications
Discussion: TechSpot and DigitalBattle
RawmeatCowboy / Go Nintendo:
Nintendo statement regarding PS3 delay
Discussion: Kotaku and Engadget
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
PS3 cut in half, delay in Europe: Our take  —  Covering PS3 news is anathema to some of our readers, but we must comment on Sony's surprise announcements today.  In case you haven't heard, Sony set us up the bomb today that they will ship a worldwide total of 500,000 PS3s at launch, and only in the US and Japan at that.
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
Fred / A VC:
YouTube's Potential Revenue  —  I heard last week from a pretty good source that YouTube is serving 100 million videos per day.  Say what you will about YouTube's content (unlicensed, kids falling of skateboards, etc), that's a huge number.  And it got me thinking about how much revenue could be extracted from such an audience.
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
N Rumas / 4 color rebellion:
Playing Nintendo v24 - Korea Needs a Reggie-lution  —  Go to any video game store in Korea and you're bound to hear the name 'Mario' within a matter of minutes.  Mothers come in looking for gifts for their kids, and they usually don't ask for Final Fantasy, Tekken, or even Everybody's Golf …
Discussion: Joystiq and Kotaku
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 …
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 …
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: Frank Barnako
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ChangeEverything makes goal sharing a quiet advertisement  — is a Canadian 43Things clone that will launch this month and is provided by the largest credit union in the country.  Sixty year old Vancity credit union won't be monetizing ChangeEverything …
Discussion: Social Signal blogs
A fundamental way newspaper sites need to change  —  A blog entry titled 9 Ways for Newspapers to Improve Their Websites has been making the rounds lately.  I don't write about the online news industry on this site as much as I used to, but this article inspired me to collect my current thinking on what newspaper sites need to do.
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Mike / The Raw Feed:
New GPS Gadget Tracks Your Dog
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
coconutIdentityCard goes Universal
Discussion: digg
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Rapt co-founders sue Accel & Levensohn for playing hardball
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Korean Air bans Dell laptops, Apple PowerBooks and iBooks
Discussion: Techdirt and AppleInsider
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google adds Adwords ads to its mobile search service
Dale / O'Reilly Radar:
Craig Cline passed away last weekend.  He is probably best known …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
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Martin LaMonica / CNET
Laszlo lands $8 million to expand applications
Discussion: GigaOM
Will Vista stall Net traffic?