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4:16 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.
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.
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" …
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.
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.
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash and Slashdot
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
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 …
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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
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, Medialoper and digg
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:
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Vitalsecurity.org and Slashdot
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 …
Muhammad Saleem / The Mu Life:
The Internet and The Problems of Attribution  —  As a follow-up to an article to On Feeder Blogs and Attribution, I had a chance to talk to Matthew Sparkes, Web Executive at New Scientist, about the effects of social media on online publications, how these publications are reacting to this shift …
Discussion: Netscape.com Hot Stories and digg
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:.
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 …
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
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
 
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Rumor: Best Buy's PS3 Playbook
Discussion: Go Nintendo and digg
Cory Bergman / Lost Remote:
Comcast launching user video site
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
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AOL Executives See Evidence of Success in New Approach
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Jack Loftus / searchopensource.techtarget.com:
Red Hat: We will be here in one year, Novell will not
Discussion: Slashdot
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Two simple words of passion...
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