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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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