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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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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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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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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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Isaiah Mustafa Is Recording Epic Personal Response Videos AS WE SPEAK

For the past many hours, the Old Spice twitter feed has been incredibly active. Old Spice poster boy and coolest man on the planet Isaiah Mustafa is recording personalized, hilarious response videos to many tweets, YouTube comments, and other methods of Internet speech, some of which aren't even directed at him. For example, if you ask Yahoo Answers how to do something totally manly, he might see it and give you a mention. And these videos aren't some backlog that Old Spice has decided to unleash all of a sudden today. These are happening right now! You want proof? I'll give you proof.

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Google Me Confirmed by Former Facebook CTO; Aims to Be “First-Class Social Network”

Adam D'Angelo, the former CTO of Facebook and the current head of Quora, has given considerable fuel to the firestorm of speculation about Google Me ignited by Digg CEO Kevin Rose when he tweeted that the company was going to launch a Facebook killer. "Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon "Google Me," very credible source," Rose said in a since-deleted Tweet. (We've got the screenshot.)

D'Angelo has gone one step further: He's staked his reputation and that of his nascent company on a set of claims about Google Me which, if true, shed new light on the venture.

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