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11:35 PM ET, September 6, 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.
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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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks  — Software/Feed aggregators- Software/Weblog platforms/Six Apart  —  Blogging company Six Apart has acquired online feed aggregator Rojo Networks.  Rojo will be integrated with the Vox blogging tool allowing users to browse updated content and create more blog posts.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Are Feed Readers Just Another Feature?  —  Online feed reading service Rojo has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by blogging service Six Apart.  Liz Gannes at GigaOm suggests that feed readers like Rojo and Bloglines are just another feature, rather than self-sustaining companies.
Discussion: Message and Scripting News
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo  —  I've been a big fan of Six Apart for a few years now.  Not only do they have a great blogging service (and Vox seems poised to take over the world) but they just acquired Rojo as well.  —  Six Apart will be issuing a press release on the subject and I'll …
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
sixapart.com:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo Networks
Discussion: duncanriley.com
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
What Windows 2000 and XP say about Vista's schedule  —  Will Microsoft finish Windows Vista on schedule?  That's one of the biggest questions facing the company these days.  And the completion of the first Windows Vista release candidate last week creates a new opportunity to assess its chances …
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CNET News.com:
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 …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
With Vista release in sight, a key Windows exec exits
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor and CNNMoney.com
Google Blogoscoped:
Google News Archive Search  —  Google launched a News Archive Search site to allow you to explore historical archives.  The new service, linked from the Google News homepage, clears up recent speculations about Google's newly registered domains like "archivesearchgoogle.com".
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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 …
Discussion: Netscape.com and digg
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Holovaty.com:
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.
Discussion: Small Initiatives
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 …
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: 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 …
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Google adds Adwords ads to its mobile search service  —  Google adds AdWords ads to US mobile search service  —  RCR Wireless News reports today that Google AdWords customers in the US can now place marketing messages, including linked text, in results from Google's mobile search service.
Darren Straight / LiveSide:
Goodbye MSN Search, Hello Windows Live Search, Soon!  —  We already know that MSN Search will eventually be retiring to make way for the all new Windows Live Search Experience, but exactly when is a question some people have been asking for some time now.  —  Well what can we say other than as of yet …
Discussion: WebMetricsGuru and SearchViews
Associated Press:
European sales of Sony's PlayStation 3 delayed until March  —  TOKYO Sony's upgrade video-game console PlayStation 3 will be delayed until March in Europe, but will go on sale in November as planned in the U.S. and Japan, the executive in charge of the project said Wednesday.
Ben Drawbaugh / HD Beat:
TiVo Series3: Worth $800?  —  Many of us can't wait to get our hands on the latest HD DVR; the TiVo Series 3, but others are left wondering why it costs $799, not to mention the monthly service fee.  Other than the fact that you hate your SA8300 or Motorola 6412 or DirecTV is letting …
comScore:
Online Classifieds Increase in Popularity; Category Visitation Surges 47 Percent in the Past Year Craigslist.org Leads Category; Sees Traffic Double to More than 13 Million U.S. Visitors  —  comScore Media Metrix, the leader in digital media measurement, today released an analysis of consumer activity at the top online classified sites.
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Korean Air bans Dell laptops, Apple PowerBooks and iBooks  —  So it would seem that Korean Air has forbidden all Dell laptops and Apple's PowerBook and iBook models from its flights due to the risk that those computers' batteries might explode, reports The Korea Times.
Discussion: Techdirt and AppleInsider
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Amazon, Apple click pix  —  Pair prep a digital duel  —  The digital movie business is about to get a shot in the arm from the Internet's two biggest media retailers.  —  Amazon.com will launch its movie download service later this week, numerous sources confirmed, while Apple will start selling films on Tuesday as part of iTunes.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Frank Barnako
Coolz0r:
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
 
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