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4:45 PM 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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
More from the Vloggies  —  OK, I have a complete list of winners from the Vloggies up now — the big winners was Alive in Baghdad (they got the only standing ovation of the evening).  Interestingly enough, before the Vloggies, I had never seen their stuff and it really is incredible.
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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
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.
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE VIDEO LOSES NBA, GAINS FREE NHL VIDEOS  —  The NBA has terminated its sale of game videos on Google Video, a partnership that would have been ten months old tomorrow.  That would typically indicate either dissatisfaction with Google's video store model, the NBA wanting more money …
Discussion: Googling Google and digg
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 …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The dark cloud inside the silver lining of the dark cloud  —  The New York Times tries to find some good news in the newspaper industry's dreadful circulation report but moments later, I see a Poynter analyst at Journalism.org blowing the foam off that latte.  —  Says The Times:
Om Malik / GigaOM:
FON buys GSpace, Will Add Storage to WiFi  —  FON, the Madrid, Spain-based WiFi services company has bought the popular Firefox extension, GSpace, for an undisclosed amount, according company officials.  The FireFox extension was developed by Rahul Jonna and allows users to treat their GMail accounts as an online file storage locker.
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
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.
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
heise-security.co.uk:
Macarena: once again no more than a demo virus for Mac OS X  —  Symantec has been predicting for quite a while now that virus authors would increasingly dedicate their attention to the Mac platform and that Macs were becoming a tempting target for hackers.  However, a newly discovered Mac OSX virus …
Discussion: The Tao of Mac, MacSlash and Slashdot
 
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Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Comcast To Launch User-Gen Video Site/Channel Ziddio
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Best videobloggers list from the Vloggies (the People's Choices)
Jonathan Schwartz / Jonathan Schwartz's Weblog:
Sunlight on a Cloudy Day...  I did an interview last evening …
Discussion: IPcentral Weblog
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
The Internet and The Problems of Attribution
Matt Casamassina / IGN:
Hands-on The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
 Earlier Items: 
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Off to the Web 2.0 Summit (formally known as Web 2.0 Conference)
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy's PS3 Playbook
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
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
James Galbraith / Macworld:
Benchmarks: MacBook Pro gets its Core 2 Duo boost
Discussion: Engadget, digg and Slashdot
 

 
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson releases video of apparent computer hack

Tom McCarthy / Guardian:
Matt Taibbi returning to Rolling Stone after split from First Look Media

Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
New York Times-Texas Tribune content partnership to end Dec. 31, after four years

 
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