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The Secret Group-Digging Conspiracy

August 22, 2006

Original post here

Apparently there is uproar about the “discovery” that people are getting their friends and cow-orkers to Digg their stories. Whoah, stop the press!

Even worse (!), Weblogs Inc, owner of Netscape, an alleged Digg-clone no less, has been accused of using this exact tactic to boost their own stories!

Even even worse (!!), there are secret cabal email lists with the aim to share links and get certain Diggers submissions pushed to the front page.

Oh my days what is the world coming to, people gaming Digg in an organised fashion. OMG, WTF, YMMV etc.

Urm, apparently this is new to some people. Read the Original post here

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New features for YouTube

August 22, 2006

Original post here at Downloadsquad 

Tonight YouTube went down for a few hours for scheduled maintenance and came back up with a few new features. First is customized URLs, which allows you to “choose a customized URL for your channel, to make sharing your videos and favorites with friends easier.” As I understand it this will allow video publishers to ditch URLs like youtube.com/profile?user=someuser and replace them with something more memorable. The second is YouTube Music, a new section for musicians to post their music videos. This presumably fits in with YouTube’s plan to host “every music video ever created” and compete with MySpace Music, but so far it seems pretty incomplete–the YouTube Music section looks just like other channel areas on YouTube, making it very difficult to find your favorite artists. I can only assume this is slated to improve soon.

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CSS Optimization: Make Your Sites Load Faster for Free

August 22, 2006

Original post here.

While a lot of people are out to optimize their sites/blogs, most everyone seems to skip over CSS.

I have been spending some time looking at CSS Optimization tools today. I wanted something free, online, and easy to use. And of course, something that worked. There are actually quite a few websites that fit the bill, and some of them are easier to use, produce more friendly code, and others are a bit harder to use, but can produce amazing results.

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Google’s Writely released; will another sector be squashed?

August 22, 2006

Original post at TechCrunch here.

Online ajax-rich word processor Writely began accepting new accounts today after closing registration when the company was acquired by Google in March. A number of startups who used to compete with Writely will now have to challenge Google.  Original post at TechCrunch here.

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Colbert on AOL Debacle (Video)

August 22, 2006

 Original post here.
Steven Colbert discusses the recent AOL search logs leak, giving sound advice on protectig your online identity. Like, “For every real search, do a fake search!”There was actually one piece that got me thinking… “disguise your typewriting by typing with your non-dominant hand.” It’s obviously meant as joke, but I once heard that certain typing speed patterns show individual characteristics… and a little JavaScript could record when each letter of a search query was entered, to finally send along that data with the submit button.

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10 things you should be monitoring

August 22, 2006

Click here to see the 10 things 

Tracking your buzz is really something that is becoming more and more important over and will continue to increase in importance as time goes on. Everything is going social right now and messages fly around the web at a million miles by hour. In order to manage your reputation you need to track the right things, so here’s a list of 10 things that you absolutely need to be monitoring.

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Federal judge orders halt to NSA spy program

August 22, 2006

Original post ZDnet news.

The warrantless Internet and telephone surveillance program authorized by the Bush administration violates the U.S. Constitution and must cease immediately, a federal judge ruled Thursday.