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11:05 AM ET, November 5, 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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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.
Markus / The Paradigm Shift:
Digg fights its top users.  —  Digg starts fighting its top users, this is no great surprise as it is exactly what I predicted would happen.  The web 2.0 crowd loves to think that digg is something new and revolutionary but at the end of the day all it is, is a forum with a different user interface.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (927892)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating public reports of a vulnerability in the XMLHTTP 4.0 ActiveX Control, part of Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 on Windows.
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Big labels are f*cked, and DRM is dead - Peter Jenner  —  Clash, Pink Floyd manager lifts the lid  —  Interview Few people know the music industry better than Peter Jenner.  Pink Floyd's first manager, who subsequently managed Syd Barrett's solo career, Jenner has also looked after T.Rex …
Discussion: Coolfer, Slashdot, Medialoper and digg
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 …
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New views of Netscape Homepage/Hive  —  The Netscape homepage has been taken over by political stories.  I hate politics, and seeing 1/3rd of the stories on the home page related to "Bush Sucks/Is Great" stories has really burned many of the users out.  —  You see, people vote 2-3x …
Discussion: The Netscape Blog
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
The Vloggies was the Rite-Spot Saturday  —  The place to be Saturday evening was the Vloggies Awards in San Francisco- the best of the best video bloggers.  —  Organized by PodTech, co-founded by John Furrier, the event brought together an eclectic, and very much a San Francisco crowd.
Discussion: down the avenue and Scobleizer
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Office 2007 RTMs?  Vista up next  —  Checking around the Web this weekend, there are a couple of reports — unconfirmed by Microsoft officials, as far as I can tell — that Office 2007 was released to manufacturing some time after Friday evening, and that Vista is set to RTM on November 8.
Discussion: Under The Stairs and MSDN Blogs
Orli Yakuel / Go2web2:
Quintura - Visual Find Engine  —  Quintura is the next-generation web search with a mission to make Web search easier and faster by adding context or meaning to keywords and visualizing search.  —  I love when a site gives you the ability to search by tags (del.icio.us - for example) I always find it more easy to use.
Discussion: Somewhat Frank and jkOnTheRun
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: Bokardo, Raw and Open (finds, minds …
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
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.
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:
 
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Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Sunlight on a Cloudy Day...  I did an interview last evening …
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
TechCrunch is back...  I'm proud of Mike Arrington.
Discussion: Anne 2.0
heise-security.co.uk:
Macarena: once again no more than a demo virus for Mac OS X
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
The Internet and The Problems of Attribution
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy's PS3 Playbook
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Comcast launching user video site
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
PlayStation 3 menu / interface complete video walkthrough
Kotaku:
The Entire Nintendo World Book Just For You
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iVue case replaces your iPod's hard outer shell
Discussion: Gizmodo and Uncrate
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
AOL Executives See Evidence of Success in New Approach
Discussion: Frank Barnako
Elaine / meeblog:
release XX: one giant leap!
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost
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