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LinkedIn Today gives you social news from your peers

LinkedIn has introduced a news aggregation service called LinkedIn Today. This delivers a personalized news experience, letting you quickly discover the top headlines of the day based around what your connections and industry peers are reading and sharing. LinkedIn Today gives you three different social views of professional news. First off, there's what your connections and coworkers are...

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...

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...

Digg 2.0 almost ready for prime time: faster, less draconian

Late last night in Texas -- at the infamous and indefatigable SXSWi convention -- Digg's CEO Jay Adelson showed the world a new and revamped version of Digg. This overhaul, which has been five years in the making and the primary focus of the Digg team, will elicit a dramatic change in the slow, unwieldy and demagogic nature of the service. Along with the usual Web 2.0-esque streamlining...

Digg THIS Kevin Rose - Reddit goes completely open source

Digg has legions of followers. They're quite fanatical. The similar service Reddit doesn't have that type of following. But how many of the Digg fantatics know how Digg works anyways? There's some type of "algorithm" that controls what hits the homepage. Kevin Rose and Jay Adelson have hinted to that it involves who is digging what, the rate at which the stories are dugg, and we think that it...

Yahoo! Buzz: Digg clone now in beta

As we reported earlier, Yahoo! Buzz is now in public beta. Buzz is similar to Digg in that it lets users promote/demote ("Buzz") content to the top of the metaphoric hive. However, currently only publishers involved in the beta can have content submitted to the site, which makes Buzz (much) more restricted than Digg. Yahoo says that they have "members of their team" choose promoted stories to...

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...

User-driven news sites more diverse than mainstream media

Ever wonder what you're missing if you read Digg every morning but skip the New York Times? Or vice versa? The Project for Excellence in Journalism has released a study comparing stories on user-driven news sites like Digg, Reddit, and Del.icio.us with mainstream news. Here's what they found: Most of the top stories on Digg, Reddit, and Del.icio.us were not top stories in the mainstream media....

AOL rethinks Netscape news site yet again

AOL has announced that it will be shifting Netscape.com from a social news site to a standard news portal. You know, the kind of news portal that lived at the site before AOL decided to turn it into a page filled with user-submitted news stories and links. Apparently AOL research shows that people do want a social news site, but people also associated the Netscape brand with traditional news. AOL...

Make sure your kids toys are safe by visiting SaferToys

With all the news recently about the giant fiasco concerning toys being created using lead contents, there is no better time to ensure your child's safety. Many parties can have fingers pointed at them in this matter, but let's forget about who is to blame for a second and just make sure that the toys our children are playing with are safe. SaferToys is a digg like social news site that lists out...

Netscape vs. Digg, the numbers

Ever wonder how Netscape's social news site stacks up to the reigning king Digg? Neither have we. However, an industrious young Netscape user decided to lay the numbers out for all to see and peruse. The results are less than surprising. Although Netscape has done somewhat well for itself since it's launch this time last year, it still lags far behind Digg in raw traffic numbers. However, if you...

Avanoo - Harness the wisdom of communities

Avanoo is a brand-spanking new community wisdom mining system that may one day knock your socks off with its ability to gain insight into tough questions. We've got 100 public beta invites to throw our readers so, hop in and comment on the Wisdom of Communities to get your ticket to ride! Social news has been all the rage among the tech-savvy but, it's failed to hit home with the everyman. Digg...

The myths behind launching a Digg clone

The open source Pligg makes throwing up a Digg clone easy enough for most basic web developers but, once it's up and running, what happens? Building a social-news community is hard work; it takes time, dedication and, in great degree, luck. If you've got Pligg on the brain and you're planning to become the next social-news mogul, a quick read-through of these 8 myths about launching a Pligg site...

MySpace News launching today

The wires are reporting that MySpace is set to launch its social news feature today. As of this morning, the site was still inaccessible to the public, but Wired managed to snag a couple of screenshots last month. MySpace News will let users determine which stories make it to the front page through a ranking system, much like Digg, Reddit or Netscape. But MySpace New won't rely entirely on user...

Topix shifts focus to become social news hub

News aggregator Topix has moved away from its Google News-like roots and adopted a slightly more Digg-like model. The company has traditionally taken a top-down approach to news, providing users with links to newspaper articles from around the country. Starting today, Topix will instead implement a bottom-up approach, by asking users to submit relevant news stories in local, national,...