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Reddit tops 1 billion page views per month

Since the misstep by Digg last year with its doomed V4, it's been obvious that the largest player in the social news scene has been the Condé Nast-owned reddit.Yesterday, the point was rammed home when the site announced that it had hit one billion page views per month, a four-fold increase year-on-year, and a 20% increase in just the last month. While the troubles with Digg certainly...

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...

Digg exposes its monthly website traffic -- turns out Reddit might be bigger

In a truly epic Reddit thread, kicked off by an infographic from its lead programmer Chris Slowe, it has emerged that Reddit actually serves more page views than Digg. Reddit, with over 300 million page views in August, would seem to dwarf Digg's '200+ million'. Page views aren't everything, though. Reddit's 'forum' style (and lighter format) is conducive to fast, frantic communication --...

New version of Digg released; face-lifted, faster, but is it too little too late?

The new version of Digg, after a couple of months of beta testing, has today been released to the public. If you missed my preview of it back in July, here's the basic gist of new Digg: by virtue of a streamlined UI that requires less clicks, it's faster; you now 'follow' news sources (and friends), which generates a personalised 'My News' page; and... well, that's about it, really. The new...

AOL Lifestream continues to evolve with release of Google Chrome Extension

Full disclosure: AOL is indeed our benevolent overlord. However, Download Squad bloggers are under no obligation to speak kindly of their products or applications. AOL Lifestream is an excellent app -- and it's certainly a far cry from the clunky, over-designed browser and dial-up software you used to see given away on floppy disks. Ahh, the good old days -- which are gone, and really...

Screenshot tour: a first look at the new Digg V4 alpha -- smarter, faster, more personalized

I just woke up to find a shiny new Digg 'V4' alpha invite in my email inbox. Squealing with delight I hurried to the new website (you can register your interest there, if you haven't already) and begun the 'upgrade' process. First, it's just like frickin' Twitter. Seriously, the first step, after logging in, is choosing a bunch of Digg accounts to follow. The Wall Street Journal, The...

Microsoft's Project Emporia lets you keep on top of real-time news without a Twitter account

Project Emporia, from the very same FUSE lab that brought us Spindex, has a name that no doubt stems from the ancient mercantile 'emporium' of valuable goods. It is, put simply, a Silverlight app which skims the best of the rest from Twitter. Select a lens (or topic), such as 'technology' or 'business', and watch as Twitter is filtered into two delightful columns -- in real time! You get a...

Taking a closer look at Microsoft's new Spindex social aggregator

When we covered Microsoft's announcement of Spindex, the new social aggregator that just came out of MS's FUSE lab, a lot of readers wanted more details. Well, now that some of the private beta invites have come out, some lucky bloggers are posting the details of Spindex. (Yo, Microsoft! Where's my beta invite?) TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid just put up a nice walkthrough of the site's features....

Microsoft's Spindex aggregates Facebook, Twitter, and even Evernote

Microsoft just made a play to ensure its future in the era of social networks by ... aggregating everybody else's. Spindex, Microsoft's new social product, gathers your Facebook, Twitter, RSS, Bing and even Evernote into one convenient location. We don't really know much about Spindex yet, but it has the feel of a Friendfeed (which was at least successful enough to be acquired by Facebook) or a...

Hi, I'm keeps all your social profiles in one place

With all the social networking sites out there, it can be tedious to share all of your usernames with a new acquaintance. Hi, I'm is a "nametag on the Internet" that you can show people so that they can read - or click through to - your postings on all of your different social sites. Right now, it supports around a dozen networks, including Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and...

MediaScrape Aggregates News Videos from Around The World

News buffs will want to bookmark MediaScrape.com, a Canadian site that aggregates video news reports from a host of international sources. Feeds from AP, Reuters, BBC News, CBC Television (Canada), ANI (Asian News), and many others are available for viewing. Since MediaScrape is all about news for the visually inclined, there's also a Google map view that geotags videos. Clicking a marker on...

Organize and share your online content with SecondBrain

SecondBrain is a personal aggregator that doesn't just aim to collect all your online content in one place - it helps you organize it. It's a bit del.icio.us, a bit FriendFeed and a bit Onaswarm, all rolled into one, with a new twist you're not going to find anywhere else. You can import content from Twitter, del.icio.us, Blogger, Wordpress, Digg and StumbleUpon, and that's less than half...

Fav.or.it RSS aggregator launches. Will it change the game?

Fav.or.it is a new kind of RSS aggregator, somewhere in between a pre-set collection of feeds like Alltop and a full-on Google Reader-style service. It had been in closed beta, but now's it's opening to everyone. It includes a set of 2000 of the most popular and interesting feeds, and provides recommended stories based on what you're reading, how long you spend on it, and how you rate it....

Tiinker - Intelligent news aggregator

If you are looking for news items based on your interests, you might enjoy Tiinker. Tiinker allows you to rate news items from feeds and automatically finds more items based on what you liked and didn't like. It works like this: as you go through news items and vote on them, Tiinker goes about learning what kind of news you would like more of. Give a post on technology a thumbs up and Tiinker will...

Ziepod: Free podcast aggregator

Looking for a good, free podcast aggregator/player for Windows? For a long time, Juice (formerly known as iPodder) was the reigning champ. But it's kind of a pain in the behind to get Juice working with Vista. So we're always looking for a better solution. You can use Miro to download audio podcasts as well as video, but that's sort of like using a tank to drive to the supermarket. Ziepod, on...