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1:10 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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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.
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo Networks  — Software/Feed aggregators- Software/Weblog platforms/Six Apart  —  Blogging company Six Apart has acquired online feed aggregator Rojo Networks.  Rojo will be integrated with the Vox blogging tool allowing users to browse updated content and create more blog posts.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Are Feed Readers Just Another Feature?  —  Online feed reading service Rojo has been purchased for an undisclosed sum by blogging service Six Apart.  Liz Gannes at GigaOm suggests that feed readers like Rojo and Bloglines are just another feature, rather than self-sustaining companies.
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sixapart.com:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo Networks
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Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
Six Apart Acquires Rojo
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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: TechCrunch and 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 …
Discussion: Netscape.com and digg
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.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
What Windows 2000 and XP say about Vista's schedule  —  Will Microsoft finish Windows Vista on schedule?  That's one of the biggest questions facing the company these days.  And the completion of the first Windows Vista release candidate last week creates a new opportunity to assess its chances …
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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 …
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
With Vista release in sight, a key Windows exec exits
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor and CNNMoney.com
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: Small Initiatives
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 …
BBC:
Google opens up 200 years of news  —  Web giant Google is further expanding its online empire with the launch of the Google News Archive Search.  —  The web-based tool allows users to explore existing digitised newspaper articles and more recent online content, spanning the last 200 years.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Searching in time  —  Google today unveils an outstanding …
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: 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 …
Dale / O'Reilly Radar:
Craig Cline passed away last weekend.  He is probably best known for his role organizing the program for the Seybold Publishing Conference.  He worked for a company whose name and shape changed drastically over time in the binge-and-purge 90's.  The Seybold Conference, which usually occurred around …
 
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