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4:55 AM ET, March 5, 2007

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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
USAToday.com Refashions Itself as a Social Network  —  USA Today is unveiling a massive overhaul of their web site that adds a number of great features.  The notable additions include: reader comments on every story, the ability to create a profile page that can be shared with others …
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Quick guide to new USATODAY.com features  —  The new USATODAY.com makes it easier for you to get the latest news and contribute your voice to our coverage.  Take a look at how you can browse and engage our website in whole new ways:  —  Now it's easier to get the news you need:  —  Bigger, better
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Can a newspaper be a social network?  —  So USA Today — the same newspaper that helped reshape the traditional paper business about twenty-five years ago — has launched a redesign of its website that incorporates a laundry list of "social networking" features: blogs, comments on stories …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bravo To USATODAY  —  USATODAY relaunched its website yesterday with a parade of new features that will add a significant social layer to the site that wasn't there before.  The website is no longer a simple hose spouting news at readers.  It has become a full on social network …
Discussion: Vincent Maher
Ken Paulson / USA Today:
To our readers:  —  Our website has a new look.  But the real change is in the approach, not the appearance.  —  While we've refined the design, we've also expanded the journalistic mission: Our ambition is to help readers quickly and easily make sense of the world around them by giving …
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
USA Today social redesign - 92% don't like it  —  USA Today introduced a completely new website complete with lots of social network features like comments, reader rankings, blogs, photos, and better search.  Reader reaction?  92% don't like it.  I read all 130 comments from readers and they were brutal …
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Are USAToday's Changes About 5 Years Too Early?  —  Some interesting stuff going on at USAToday.com — a fundamental redesign which has a heavy dose of social elements.  No longer just about reading the news, elements such as a recommendation engine (a la Digg), user accounts and profiles …
Stowe Boyd / Message:
USAToday.com Goes Social, Sorta  —  USAToday.com has reformulated its website to incorporate a large number of more social features, as Steve Rubel reports: … I am not so sure that Steve is right on this one.  First of all, it's not a social network, but a social media site.
Discussion: hubbub
Ryan / Invisible Inkling:
USA Today redesign: Nice function, not enough form
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Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:   Buffett Pessimistic About Newspapers
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Installed Base, Product Redesign, and USA Today
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Mindy McAdams / Teaching Online Journalism:   USA Today redesign: Where are the graphics?
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Can Apple Take Microsoft in the Battle for the Desktop?  —  Some analysts are nostalgic for the days when they could appear intelligent merely by gushing about everything from Microsoft.  They felt safe in recommending everything the company released, knowing that there were no real alternatives …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
YADAC: Yet Another Debate About Cloaking Happens Again  —  Sigh.  Double sigh.  Triple sigh.  I guess now that the SEO industry has had the required twice-yearly debate about the reputation of SEO, it's time to do the go round about cloaking once again.  A quick word about cloaking …
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Dion Hinchcliffe's Web 2.0 Blog:
BEST PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES IN BUILDING CAPABLE RICH USER EXPERIENCES: ANNOUNCING REAL-WORLD AJAX  —  It's been nearly a year in the making but I'm finally pleased to announce the release of Real-World Ajax, a massive new compendium of the Ajax spectrum that I've compiled and edited …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:
Game Developers Conference expands—but too far?  —  Thousands of the video game insiders are expected to converge on San Francisco this week for the Game Developers Conference, now the largest game industry-only event worldwide.  —  Throngs are likely to appear for big-name keynote speeches …
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
First HD Episode of South Park Exclusive to Xbox 360  —  Tune in to the adventures of Butters every week?  Wait until you see him in HD.  —  Wired News has learned that on Tuesday, March 6, Microsoft and Viacom will release the first-ever high-definition episode of the Comedy Central series …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Is Search Broken?  —  Search engines say they use complex algorithms to help users find exactly what they want Google's "I'm feeling lucky" button (btw, does anybody use it?), right below the search box implies that very thing.  —  The legions of top Ph.Ds working for the search engines publish oodles …
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