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  1. All Men Must Die (in Under Three Minutes): a Game of Thrones Supercut

    I think they skipped some of the Baratheon bastard babies, but I'm not complaining.

    Game of Thrones sure has earned its reputation for violence. According to this Digg-produced supercut, there've been an estimated 5,000 deaths over the source of its 30 episodes, and that number's only going to get higher when the fourth season premieres this weekend. Let's take a short, bloody walk down memory lane in the mean-time, shall we?

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  2. A Polite Discussion on How to Properly Throw a Raccoon

    Assuming you must toss a raccoon, that is.

    As you may or may not be aware, Digg founder Kevin Rose made waves on the Internet over the past couple days by posting a security video where, in an effort to save his dog Toaster, he tossed a raccoon down a flight of stairs. Part of this interest comes from the inevitable group calling his actions "animal abuse," but the other segment of viewers are surely tuning in simply because, well, it's Rose tossing a raccoon. It's with this in mind that we present a polite discussion on how to properly throw a raccoon.

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  3. Digg Reader Goes Live For All While Google Reader Lies on its Deathbed

    Digg Reader promises to be a great alternative to Google Reader, but for now it's missing a few key features.

    Digg's entry into the Google Reader void is live for all over on their site.  You only have until tomorrow to settle on a new RSS reader because come Monday morning, Google Reader is dead. Digg's current setup is lacking a few notable features, but they promise they're coming soon. The roadmap they've laid out for the future of Digg Reader also seems pretty promising -- if you're willing to pay.

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  4. Digg Reader to Release Just in Time for Death of Google Reader

    Digg is clambering for the Google Reader diaspora, but they'll have to have a really solid entry into the fray to win anyone over.

    July 1st is coming up fast, and those of you out there that still rely on Google Reader are running out of time to find a new RSS reader. A lot of people have already jumped on the Feedly bandwagon, myself included, but it's not the only game in town. Besides the readers that already exist, Digg is coming out with their own RSS reader, and it will be public for everyone by June 26th.

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  5. How About That: Digg’s Parent Company Betaworks Buys Instapaper

    The company that last year began the unenviable task of working to resurrect Digg and turn it into an Internet powerhouse once more just acquired another property, and it's one you might actually be using. As of now, New York-based Betaworks is the proud owner of Instapaper.

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  6. Oops! Google Kind of Blocked All of Digg by Accident

    It's not a great day for Digg. That's because Google accidentally blocked the entire site -- all of it -- from its search results today. The block was a mistake, says Google, and was the result of simple error. Thankfully, Digg is already back in the search results. So what happened exactly?

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  7. Digg, of All Companies, Looks to Fill Rapidly Expanding Reader Void

    As part of its continuing quest to return to a time when the Internet was a simpler place and it was relevant, Digg is throwing its hat in the ring to be your new RSS feed. As Google plans the funeral for its much loved Reader service and alternatives like FeedDemon call it quits, Digg is moving its new feed reader to the top of the priority list, according to a post this afternoon on the site's blog. This of course displaces the company's former top priority -- making it 2008 again.

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  8. Should You Bury Betaworks’ New Digg v1?

    Digg, the news aggregation site that took the Internet by storm back in 2004, is back once more. The site has been given a complete makeover by Betaworks, a news media site that bought Digg for $500,000 back in July. There's no question that this isn't the Digg we've seen before, for better or for worse. Is it worth your time, though? After all, there are a number of similar websites out there now that didn't exist when Digg first popped up.

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  9. Once Shining Social Media Star Digg Just Got Sold for $500,000, Folded Into

    Before the reddit you know and love, there was Digg, one of the first prominent social aggregators that really blew up and took the web by storm. Unfortunately, rarely anything popular on the Internet is meant to last (just ask Myspace), and when Digg underwent a redesign a couple of years ago, there was a huge amount of backlash and the community lost a lot of users and steam. A lot of those users actually went to reddit, which helped catapult reddit into being the new game in town. Now, sadly, Digg has sold for a relatively measly $500,000.

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  10. Report: Washington Post Hiring Digg Staff, Future of Site in Question

    Before there was Reddit, there was Digg. It was a powerhouse in its day; a pioneer of user aggregated links where users could vote submitted links up and down. Though venerable, the company has been floundering for some time, and now it is being reported that Digg's technology staff is being hired by the Washington Post.

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  11. Which Website is Right for You

    The joke in the blogosphere is that the Internet "comes from" only a handful of places. This chart created by webcomic Endless Origami doesn't teach you where to find content, but helps you choose which source for what ultimately ends up being the same pool of content is right for you. Granted, the chart leaves out neat geek culture blogs that sift through all the rabble to cull the top content, and generally also has some pretty killer original content of its own.

    (Endless Origami via Geeks are Sexy)

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  12. Viagra Spam Nets 600+ Positive Votes on Digg

    Well, that's embarrassing: It appears that social news site Digg got badly gamed by a group of spammers, who heavily promoted an "article" which linked to a Viagra spam page. Though the screenshot above, plucked from Google's cache of the since-deleted article, shows 385 Diggs, Hacker News readers say that they saw 634 Diggs before the article was deleted. This would be, to say the least, a very rare occurrence if it was not the product of a black hat scheme

    Moreover, the article garnered 17 seemingly fake comments, like "I buying for myself earlier," "free shipping is cool," and "MAN, i went thru those 30 tablets like nothing, WHEW they were great. I could really use the other 60." All of these received numerous Diggs up.

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  13. Digg Firing 1/3 of Its Staff

    More bad news for Digg in the wake of its rocky v4 redesign and the subsequent slump in traffic: The social news aggregator is reportedly firing more than 1/3 of its staff, or 25 out of 67 people. Mashable got ahold of the memo that CEO Matt Williams reportedly sent out to Digg's staff today, reproduced below:

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  14. Digg v4 Bringing Back the Bury Button, Other v3 Features in Effort to Stay Alive

    Since switching over to the social media-happy v4 in August, social news site Digg has fallen upon hard times: The immediate backlash against Digg, initially dismissed as the province of loudmouthed power users, translated into a very real drop in traffic (there was a 26% decline in US traffic in the month after it rolled out the changes, according to Hitwise) which corresponded with a significant boost to its rival Reddit's traffic. Qualitatively, the changes to both sites are noticeable: Mediocre stories hit the Digg v4 front page with measly double-digit numbers of Diggs, which would have been unthinkable under v3, where the top stories regularly got 3000 Diggs, and the Digg comment section has become inert; meanwhile, Reddit threads are replete with the tales of Digg refugees who've made their peace with the barebones Reddit UI as they've fled a site that they believe has sold out its community for the sake of advertisers. New Digg CEO Matt Williams has attempted to address the concerns of the still-substantial remaining Digg community (Williams says the site "still" had 23 million users last month "despite the changes to our platform," an implicit acknowledgement that traffic has dropped). In a new post to the Digg blog, Williams acknowledges that the Digg v4 launch "didn’t go smoothly, and we’re deeply sorry that we disappointed our Digg community in the process," and he says that Digg will bring back several Digg v3 features, including the Bury button, which was particularly missed:

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  15. Actually, Reddit’s Traffic Increased 24% Since July

    We put up a post earlier this week about the Digg exodus which ended in some speculation about whether all that traffic (a 26% drop after the site's redesign) just disappeared into the ether or flowed its way on over to Reddit, one of the internet's less well known (but no less loved) voting-based-content sites. The conclusion, based on some estimations from Hitwise, was that there isn't much hard evidence for Reddit absorbing Digg's homeless users, since their traffic had only increased 2.6% in the past month. As big fans of Reddit we were excited to find out that, according to Reddit's lead developer Christopher Slowe, Hitwise's estimates were off by a factor of ten.

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  16. Digg Traffic Plummets Following Redesign

    The infamous Digg redesign didn't really go too well for Digg. It kind of incited an Internet rebellion. One may have suspected that the feelings of antipathy may have passed given time or that they were overblown by a small but vocal minority of dissatisfied power users, but a recent study from Hitwise Intelligence suggests otherwise: Since the Digg redesign went live in August, Digg's US traffic has dropped 26%, while the UK traffic has dropped 34%. For an established site on the Web, much less one hoping to woo big advertisers, that kind of traffic decline in just one month is nothing short of alarming.

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  17. Do You Think Digg v4 Is a Step in the Wrong Direction? [Poll]

    The major overhauls presented in Digg v4 have caused a great deal of division in the Digg community. Do you think the new Digg has taken a turn for the worse, or is the hate overhyped? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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  18. The Rebellion Against Digg v4

    If the comments on almost every Digg frontpage article are to be believed, today marks the day that many Digg users plan to jump ship, if they haven't already done so. "Make RIPP DIGG your profile image Monday is Abandon Digg Day," reads one often copy-pasted comment. Many commenters extol the newfound virtues of Digg's sorta-rival in the social bookmarking business, Reddit, which recently struck a rebellious, pro-user pose by defying its corporate masters at Condé Nast and running free advertisements in support of Proposition 19 when Condé forbid it to "benefit financially"off of the issue of relaxing anti-marijuana laws. Since last Wednesday, when Digg underwent a major overhaul and became Digg v4, the grievance against the site has been that it's sold its user base out to big publishers and advertisers. Whereas Digg content used to be driven by user submissions, now, publishers automatically submit articles via RSS feed, from whence they get Diggs up -- the unit of social currency that determines what content makes it to the site's front page -- primarily from their "followers," the users who subscribe to their feeds. The new Digg looks, therefore, like a mix of Facebook, Twitter, and RSS. Is the new Digg as broken as its detractors are saying? The front page, for its part, does not make the new Digg look like a site that anyone would want to read.

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  19. The New Digg Is Coming Soon Today (Update) is currently down, but it may not be for long: Digg CEO Kevin Rose has announced that today is the day that Digg v4, also known as the "new Digg," goes live. If you went to the site before it went totally kaput, you received the following message: "We've created a monster. The new Digg will be alive momentarily." (h/t @msaleem)

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  20. Geekolinks: 8/5

    Massive Digg-fixing ring found (Alternet) Steve Jobs turned away from San Francisco pizzeria (AppleInsider) Why hardcore gamers hate n00bs so much (Escapist) Sports viral video roundup (SportsGrid) Wife learns of husband's secret second wedding on Facebook (AP) The great hidden operating system games (Technologizer) Who could beat you up? (CollegeHumor)

      Bonus: The first episode of Zach Anner's new travel show, covering Niagara Falls:

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