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11:55 PM ET, November 4, 2006

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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.
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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.
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Kevin Rose Failing Social Media 101 Miserably  —  Of course, I'm not talking about that 150 million dollar evaluation floating around, nor the rumours that Digg will be scooped up by Fox any minute to turn it into a MySpace Widget.  —  No — I'm referring to the latest algorithm change over at Digg.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Delicate Balance of Participatory Media  —  As participatory media goes mainstream, media companies are discovering that it's a lot easier to hop on the ideological bandwagon of participation than it is to actually do participatory media well.  —  Along with the upside of "crowdsourcing" …
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.
Greg Yardley / yardley.ca:
Crowdsourcing news - more or less bias?  —  According to a strong article in Wired News, Gannett is trying to transform its newspapers by changing their newsrooms to 'information centers,' which will … Very interesting, very positive move by Gannett, which understands that locals want local news …
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
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 …:
Update: It's a Virtualization Thing
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Zango reaches settlement with FTC  —  Adware manufacturer Zango has reached an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission in response to charges that it breached federal law by deceptively installing advertising software on consumers' PCs without a clear means of removal.
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:
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
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
 
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Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
The Internet and The Problems of Attribution
Jim Romenesko / poynter.org:
Gannett introduces "the newsroom of the future"
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy's PS3 Playbook
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Comcast launching user video site
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PlayStation 3 menu / interface complete video walkthrough
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The Entire Nintendo World Book Just For You
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BrightRoll serving contextual ads in video
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