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5:20 AM ET, September 7, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo  —  Blogging platform company Six Apart will announce this morning that it has acquired Rojo, a feed reader and search engine that competes with Bloglines and other companies.  —  Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but our assumption was that this a less than $5 million deal.
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Barak Berkowitz / Six Apart News:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks  —  I'm very happy to announce that Six Apart has acquired Rojo Networks.  As many of you know, Rojo runs the popular Rojo and Nooz services.  —  Not only are we excited to be affiliated with Rojo and Nooz, we are thrilled about the people and technologies that join Six Apart through this acquisition.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Download Squad
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Six Apart Buys Rojo  —  Blogging company Six Apart will soon announce it has purchased Rojo, the web-based feed reader, for undisclosed terms.  —  Six Apart won't be adding an aggregator based on Rojo, but instead incorporating some elements of the technology into its existing products, according to Six Apart CEO Barak Berkowitz.
sixapart.com:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo Networks  —  President Chris Alden and CTO Aaron Emigh Join Six Apart Team to Lead Charge on Movable Type and Core Technologies  —  Six Apart, the world leader in blogging software and services, today announced that it had acquired Rojo Networks for an undisclosed sum.
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Chris / RojoBlog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo
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Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Are Feed Readers Just Another Feature?
Discussion: Message and Scripting News
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo
Discussion: Valleywag and digg
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks
Discussion: Mashable! and Geeking with Greg
The Digg Crew / Digg Blog:
Digg Friends  —  Over the last (almost) two years we have learned a lot about the user base and how to defend digg from spam, artificial diggs, and digg fraud.  It's a battle we will continue to fight and one that we don't take lightly.  —  That said, today we read a couple blog posts that highlight users digging each others stories.
Discussion: digg
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Jesusphreak / jp's domain:
Digg the rigged?  A closer look at Digg's democratic model  —  Earlier this evening (Sept. 5) I decied to take a glance at Digg's frontpage.  I do this fairly regularly, as do many other thousands of people.  —  Upon checking the frontpage, I immediately noticed a common element in several stories …
Jesusphreak / jp's domain:
'Democratic'?  'User-driven'?  These do not describe Digg  —  Earlier today I submitted an article to Digg about a flaw I have found in their submission model.  There is further info at the actual article itself, but essentially, a small group of Digg's top users are always among the first few people to 'digg' each others' stories.
Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:   Digg's Top User Says Goodbye
Lore Sjöberg / Wired News:
The Ultimate Blog Post  —  While blogging has only reached prominence in the last few years, it was actually invented by the ancient Romans who built a majestic blog in 200 BC from marble, granite and links they stole from the Greeks.  —  "Blog" itself is short for "weblog," which is short for …
Discussion: Labnotes and Bloggers Blog
Matthew Rand / Forbes:
Really Free Software  —  Mark Shuttleworth is rich enough to cause some havoc in the feel-good Linux community.  In January 2000, at the peak of the dot-com bubble, Shuttleworth sold his South African security software firm, Thawte, to VeriSign for $700 million in stock.
Discussion: Open Sources and digg
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Closes Door on Spyware Operation  —  An operation that placed spyware on consumers' computers in violation of federal laws will give up more than $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges.  —  Under a stipulated final judgment and order, the defendants are permanently prohibited …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP's iPAQ rx4000 gets a big brother: the rx5915  —  This new line of consumer-oriented HP iPAQ devices is growing into a family right quick.  We just saw the rx4000 a couple of days ago, and now we're catching wind of at least a couple rx5000 devices.  The rx5000 types go with the …
CNET News.com:
Will Vista stall Net traffic?  —  Thanks to new directory software, Windows Vista could put a greater load on Internet servers.  But experts disagree over whether we're headed for a prime-time traffic jam or insignificant slowdown.  —  Microsoft's launch of Windows Vista could slow …
Holovaty.com:
A fundamental way newspaper sites need to change  —  A blog entry titled 9 Ways for Newspapers to Improve Their Websites has been making the rounds lately.  I don't write about the online news industry on this site as much as I used to, but this article inspired me to collect my current thinking on what newspaper sites need to do.
Discussion: Techdirt and Small Initiatives
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Playstation 3 launch misfire: Europe delayed to March '07, 500k total for Japan & US  —  If you were planning on buying the Playstation 3 for gaming or as a "cheap" Blu-ray player you may want to get in line now for the November 17th launch —  not so fast Europe.
Coolz0r:
Google Doesn't Like My Ads  —  Hmm.  This is weird.  While I was going through my email from last week (when I was away to Djerba) I noticed a message from the Google AdSense team.  In that email, Google states that I violate the terms of service from AdSense by publishing 'mature content' or 'adult content'.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
 
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Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
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