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10:55 PM ET, November 4, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Top Digg Users Feeling Snubbed  —  Digg continues to grow, claiming 20 million visitors per month and an increasing amount of mainstream attention.  But as traffic to Digg has grown, the incentive to "game" the site to get stories to the home page has also increased.
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Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
Open Letter to Kevin Rose  —  Please sign in the comments with your name (and user name) if you agree with the contents of this letter.  —  An open letter to Kevin Rose  —  By Muhammad Saleem & Mark Johnson  —  November 4, 2006  —  Dear Kevin,  —  Please do not take this as an attack on Digg, the Digg team, or yourself.
Ryan / RyanUnderdown.com:
Digg to Top Users: QUIT NOW?  —  Seems like the changes to the front page promotion algorithm have been drastic.  After scrolling through the last 48 hours worth of stories promoted to the front page I counted a total of 2 stories submitted by top 25 users on Digg.
Jeff Howe / Wired News:
Gannett to Crowdsource News  —  The publisher of "America's newspaper" is turning to America to get its news.  —  According to internal documents provided to Wired News and interviews with key executives, Gannett, the publisher of USA Today as well as 90 other American daily newspapers …
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Jim Romenesko / poynter.org:
Gannett introduces "the newsroom of the future"
Discussion: Online News Squared
Jack Loftus / searchopensource.techtarget.com:
Red Hat: We will be here in one year, Novell will not  —  In the past two weeks, Oracle and Microsoft have fired salvos across — and some would say into — Red Hat's bow.  —  The Novell/Microsoft partnership had the desired short-term effect both companies were looking for: Red Hat stock went down …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Metaverse / Notes from the Metaverse …:
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Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Hands-on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess  —  10 hours in, is this the best Zelda game ever made?  Matt's impressions inside.  —  IGN Wii's editor-in-chief, Matt Casamassina, recently journeyed to Nintendo of America's Seattle headquarters for an extensive hands-on play session with The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
Discussion: 4 color rebellion, Go Nintendo and digg
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Kotaku:
Hands-On, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Discussion: Gizmodo and Go Nintendo
Elaine / meeblog:
release XX: one giant leap!  —  Remember when you graduated to riding a real bicycle?  It was a pretty big day!  A year ago, meebo had just put on its training wheels.  Back then, we barely had emoticons and were months away from group chat.  Now, we're taking off the training wheels and coming out of alpha!
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Meebo IM Goes 1.0 with slick enhancements
Discussion: Mashable! and .:UNEASYsilence:.
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost  —  As with the iMac, next-generation chip bolsters laptop's performance  —  Like the iMac before it, Apple's MacBook Pro underwent an upgrade highlighted by a chip swap—the Core Duo processor that used to power Apple's pro laptop is gone, replaced by the next-generation Core 2 Duo.
Discussion: Engadget, digg and Slashdot
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Off to the Web 2.0 Summit (formally known as Web 2.0 Conference)  —  Tomorrow morning I'm traveling to San Francisco for next week's Web 2.0 Conference, which is to be re-named the Web 2.0 Summit on opening day next Tuesday.  In an email to media explaining the name change, O'Reilly Media said:
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
AOL Executives See Evidence of Success in New Approach  —  It took much internal debate, hand-wringing and number-crunching before AOL made the bold step of flipping its business model toward advertising and away from the subscription revenue that built its business.
Discussion: Frank Barnako
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Mark Jung Leaves FIM/IGN; No Immediate Replacement As COO  —  Now I really wish I'd started a pool when Mark Jung, co-founder of IGN and CEO when it was acquired by News Corp., took the job as COO of Fox Interactive Media.  Roughly eight months into his tenure, Jung has resigned quietly as COO.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mercury News
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Dissing Disco  —  Rory Prior has some not-so-nice things to say about Disco, and I agree with most of his assessment.  While everyone else seems to be jumping on the Disco bandwagon, I'm hopping off.  Disco is a CD/DVD burning app that positions itself as a viable, better-looking and much less expensive replacement for Roxio's Toast.
Discussion: digg
Timbl / timbl's blog:
Blogging is great  —  People have, since it started, complained about the fact that there is junk on the web.  And as a universal medium, of course, it is important that the web itself doesn't try to decide what is publishable.  The way quality works on the web is through links.
Discussion: Raw and Open (finds, minds …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netscape To Move From Tech/Politics Focus  —  Netscape, the five month-old Digg-clone experiment, is testing out two alternate home page designs with users in an attempt to increase the popularity of little-used topical categories.  —  I spoke with Jason Calacanis, who runs the Netscape property, earlier this evening about the tests.
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iVue case replaces your iPod's hard outer shell  —  With all the iPod cases out there it's getting hard to stand out in the crowd.  The iVue Crystal Case from iPodMods doesn't try to compete with all those other cases.  It aims to make them unnecessary. the iVue is a see-through shell …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Carter / Download Squad:
Windows XP Zune theme  —  The new Windows XP Zune theme is here, and it is hot.  You might mentally compare this theme to Royale Noir, it does look a bit like it, but it's not.  This theme is of course to commemorate the launch of Microsoft's alleged iPod-killer in a few weeks.
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BetaNews:
Microsoft Zune Theme for Windows XP 1.0
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The Internet and The Problems of Attribution
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