July 14, 2012, 8:30 AM

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
In Memoriam: Even in losing, how Digg won  —  The Digg Townhall meeting broadcast live from the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado.  2008. Photo courtesy of Eric Magnuson, via Flickr  —  Having spent a major part of the week sitting on a beach, practically disconnected …
Aubrey Sabala / TechCrunch:
Thumbs Up: Digg Wasn't A Failure, It Was A Beginning  —  “Don't let him climb a wall.  We haven't finalized his life insurance plan.”  —  That was one of the first directions I was given at Digg when I started in early 2008.  “Him” was Kevin Rose, the founder of the widely popular social news site, and I was on my third day.
Paul Tassi / Forbes:
Facebook Didn't Kill Digg, Reddit Did  —  Yesterday's news that social media site Digg had been sold for $500K was at the same time shocking, and not surprising at all.  The news was somewhat expected at some point given the site's steep decline in popularity and visitors over the past few years.
Spencer E. Ante / Digits:
Kevin Rose: Digg Failed Because ‘Social Media Grew Up’  —  In his first interview since the remains of fallen social media Digg star were sold to Betaworks, Digg's founder Kevin Rose said he sold some company shares during the its venture-capital financing rounds but “did not make a lot of money.”
Dalton Caldwell:
Announcing an audacious proposal  —  The overwhelmingly positive response to my blogpost, What Twitter could have been has been inspiring.  The post has generated 80K pageviews thus far.  Without really meaning to, I touched a nerve.  The responses to my post largely fell into two camps.
Colleen Taylor / TechCrunch:
Dalton Caldwell's ‘Alternative to Advertising Hell’: Making People Actually Pay For A Web Service  —  Dalton Caldwell is a very smart guy who has been a prominent entrepreneur and programmer on the Silicon Valley scene for a while now, so any time he announces a new project you can pretty much tell it is going to be newsworthy.
Salvador Rodriguez / Los Angeles Times:
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Apple contacted U.S. carriers and retailers to demand removal of banned Samsung products  —  During the last 24 hours there have been various filings with the Federal Circuit in the cases relating to Apple's preliminary injunctions against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Amazing Alex Shoots to No. 1 on First Day  —  Rovio doesn't need birds to fly it to the top of the app charts.  Its new non-Angry Birds game, Amazing Alex, is already No. 1 in many regions, just a day after it was released, with particular strength on iOS.  —  The iPhone version of Amazing Alex …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
mPowa Replaces Hand Photo Allegedly Swiped From Square With Photo Of A Totally Different Hand  —  It looks like a titanic legal struggle has been avoided.  Mobile payments startup mPowa has responded to a cease-and-desist letter from Square by taking down a photo on its home page that Square said was swiped from its site.

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