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5 great content discovery sites which aren't Digg

Despite what you may have heard in the last two weeks, Digg is not dead. It is, however, a very different service than when it started. What used to be a great place to find interesting links and hilarious commentary has become, for almost all intents and purposes, a Twitter clone. Digg isn't about to shut its doors, but I do get the feeling that regular, loyal Diggers are looking to take their...

Google Chrome, the web chimes in

Yesterday might have been a US holiday, but the Twittering and blogging masses were awakened (by quacking claxons, I'm sure) to the inadvertent leak of Google Chrome, the oft-rumored browser from the search giant. Naturally, everyone wants a piece of the action. Here are a few of the stories we're digesting: TechCrunch has some juicy first pics of the browser. They snagged a few blurry YouTube...

Digg's failing democracy

Digg has a problem. What was once a haven of obscure, insightful, and breaking news has become a cesspool of dated headlines, generic brand commentary, and fan-boy-blog spam. What happened? Why do the vast majority of front page links come from "popular" websites who feature a prominent "digg it" button on every article? Is there some conspiracy afloat? Is digg rewarding websites that send them a...

Slashdot lets users vote on stories with Firehose

Once upon a time, before Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon, and the relaunched Netscape, there was Slashdot. The original social news site for geeks allowed users to submit and share interesting articles with their peers back when Web 2.0 wasn't even a twinkle in anyone's eye. While there's still an active community of Slashdot readers/commentors/submittors, the site's not resting on its laurels. This...

MySpace News on its way

First Reuters announces that it'll be launching a social news service similar to MySpace. Now it turns out MySpace is rumored to be working on a news service (that probably won't really compete head to head with Reuters). The upcoming MySpace news venture will allow users to post news clips on their personal pages, share those clips with others, and rate and comment on others' news items. We're...

Why digg is destined for failure

If you've ever had the good fortune of having one of your websites or blog posts dugg to the point of showing up on digg's homepage, you've enjoyed a huge traffic boost to your site. This is wonderful for web publishers, and I'm not going to lie and say that we don't care about it here at Download Squad; in fact, since the success of a given post is measured in large part by the traffic it drives...

Mozilla developers interviewed on Firefox 2

Over at Slashdot they're running an interview with Mozilla VP of Products Chris Beard about Firefox 2. The good thing about Slashdot's interviews is that the questions are chosen by the readers. Coincidentally, that's also the bad thing about Slashdot's interviews, because it means time gets wasted on questions like, "How was the cake from MS?" Anyway, it's not a terrible interview. Beard answers...

Slashdot does social bookmarking

Well, this is unexpected. Slashdot has launched a new social bookmarking feature a la del.icio.us. The new system has the requisite tagging, bookmarklet and Popular Bookmarks page, but beyond that it's very rudimentary—there's no way to browse by tags, for instance. Slashdot doesn't seem to be trying to take on del.icio.us, though. According to CmdrTaco, Slashdot Bookmarks "is primarily...

Opera CEO Jon von Tetzchner interviewed by Slashdot

Slashdot is running an interview with Jon von Tetzchner, CEO of Opera Software. Overall it's pretty fluffy, but von Tetzchner does comment on the recent Microsoft acquisition rumors ("I would be disappointed if we were to end up in their hands and I find that very unlikely. I believe a lot of people at Opera would find them selves other work and that would include me."), their recent...

Slashdot introduces day passes

For the past couple years a subscription to Slashdot bought you a number of benefits, including being able to see stories 10 or 20 minutes before the non-paying public. This week Slashdot debuted a new feature that lets you watch a short advertisement in exchange for a free "day pass" that will let you see those stories from "The Mysterious Future." The day pass model has...

Slashdot in 60 Seconds #2

Here comes the second edition of Slashdot in 60 Seconds - a weekly roundup of all software-related news /. deemed fit for print this week. In case you missed last week's inaugural edition, check it out to get up to speed.But without further interruption, here's the latest from /. from Saturday Aug. 27th - the morning of Friday Sept. 3rd: Accused Zotob Worm Author Says Money Was...