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11:00 AM ET, September 7, 2006

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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.
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Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:
Digg's Top User Says Goodbye  —  Mark this day on your calendar, folks.  This is the day when the division between Digg's top 100 users and the other 499,900 users was pushed far enough for Kevin Rose to actually weigh in on the issue.  The result?  User p9s50W5k4GUD2c6 has said goodbye to Digg.
Discussion: Mathew Ingram and Rough Type
Fred / A VC:
Facebook's Feeds  —  The other morning my oldest daughter Jessica, a Facebook fan, said to me, "Dad one of the great things about Facebook is that they are constantly adding cool new things".  That's one of the things I believe is critical to do with web apps/services - always add new stuff, surprise your user base.
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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
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
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Chris / RojoBlog:
Six Apart acquires Rojo
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
Borrell: Local Search Spending To Double  —  LOCAL ONLINE ADVERTISING WILL ENJOY another year of strong growth in 2007, increasing by 32 percent to $7.7 billion, according to a new report by research firm Borrell Associates Inc.  —  Paid local search is expected to remain the fastest-growing ad category …
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
10 essential tweaks for Windows Vista RC1  —  Admit it: You're curious about Windows Vista Release Candidate 1.  Now that Microsoft has made it available for download by the public (after giving technical beta testers a five-day head start), you can take it for a test drive.
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Fred / A VC:
YouTube's Potential Revenue  —  I heard last week from a pretty good source that YouTube is serving 100 million videos per day.  Say what you will about YouTube's content (unlicensed, kids falling of skateboards, etc), that's a huge number.  And it got me thinking about how much revenue could be extracted from such an audience.
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.
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
Leak, Inquiry and Resignation Rock a Boardroom  —  As corporate intrigue goes, it is hard to beat this: an uproar over news leaks from the boardroom, a cloak-and-dagger investigation, allegations of spying and double-dealing, and a clash involving some of Silicon Valley's best-known names …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HTC gets official on their Q4 lineup  —  All four of these phones have had their fair share of leaks, but now HTC is ready to fess up and assign some names to their Q4 lineup of phones, which is all set to bust up on Europe this fall.  Starting from the left we've got the S3300, codenamed Artemis …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
N Rumas / 4 color rebellion:
Playing Nintendo v24 - Korea Needs a Reggie-lution  —  Go to any video game store in Korea and you're bound to hear the name 'Mario' within a matter of minutes.  Mothers come in looking for gifts for their kids, and they usually don't ask for Final Fantasy, Tekken, or even Everybody's Golf …
Discussion: DS Fanboy, Joystiq and Kotaku
CBC News:
Wireless zone goes live in downtown Toronto  —  The City of Toronto launched its own Wi-Fi network in the downtown financial district Wednesday, allowing users to tap into the largest such network in Canada and possibly one of the cheapest.  —  "This is an historic day for Toronto …
Discussion: 21talks and Wi-Fi Networking News
Rich Thomaselli / AdAge:
Motorola Signs Deal to Remain a Visible Part of NFL  —  Pays $250 Million for Five-Year Headset Sponsorship Extension  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Motorola has spent an estimated $250 million to lock up valuable media space: coaches' headsets on National Football League games for the next five years.
Discussion: Frank Barnako and AdJab
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: JD on EP and InsideGoogle
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Pantech's feature-packed IM-U410 multimedia phone  —  If for some reason we lived in a world without highly-configurable, QWERTY-fied smartphones, our next choice on the cellphone tip would be a feature-packed multimedia handset, and Pantech has delivered just that with its new IM-U140.
 
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
BlackBerry Pearl official
Discussion: I4U News and Engadget Mobile
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
Is Gartner stooping to new lows to boost event attendance?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / TechCrunch:
ChangeEverything makes goal sharing a quiet advertisement
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Interview With Kiko Acquiror Elliot Noss
Discussion: CrunchNotes
Reuters:
SpiralFrog in deal with EMI Music
Discussion: paidContent.org
Dave Caolo / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
coconutIdentityCard goes Universal
Discussion: digg
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
PS3 cut in half, delay in Europe: Our take
Discussion: Joystiq and InsideMicrosoft
ongoing:
RAD XI: Where To?  —  [RAD stands for Ruby Ape Diaries, of which this is part XI.]
Discussion: Labnotes
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Rapt co-founders sue Accel & Levensohn for playing hardball
Richard Lawler / HD Beat:
Playstation 3 launch misfire: Europe delayed to March '07, 500k total for Japan & US
Staci / paidContent.org:
Watching Katie Couric Live Online — Finally; CBSNews.com Traffic Doubled For Debut
Discussion: Frank Barnako
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
A first look at GNOME 2.16
Discussion: Slashdot
Darren Straight / LiveSide:
Goodbye MSN Search, Hello Windows Live Search, Soon!
Discussion: SearchViews and WebMetricsGuru
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Closes Door on Spyware Operation
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
Korean Air bans Dell laptops, Apple PowerBooks and iBooks
Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP's iPAQ rx4000 gets a big brother: the rx5915