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Edward Snowden's leaks have shaken something loose in the IT industry. For years, companies have been afraid to talk about the requests and data sharing procedures the NSA and FBI have forced upon them as a result of the Patriot Act. Companies that went to court to fight these demands lost, and lost in silence, forbidden to even reveal that such requests were taking place. Now that the programs are common knowledge, multiple corporations have joined in to demand the right to tell us just how they participate in NSA requests. Today, a coalition of 63 companies, non-profits, and organizations issued... Read more...
Now that Google Reader is shutting down (as of July 1st), the users who depended on the service need somewhere to go. Digg is reportedly scrambling to launch its own RSS news reader service to scoop up adrift users, but another site is already cashing in big time. Feedly says that as of Friday, more than half a million Google Reader users have already switched to its service; we’d guess that number has climbed substantially in the two days hence. According to its blog, Feedly has been anticipating the demise of Google Reader for some time and has built a clone of the Google Reader API running... Read more...
We already covered the sad, sad notion that Google is shutting down its famed Reader RSS platform, and that has left many RSS loyalists looking for an immediate alternative. And now, Digg is taking advantage of the situation. Digg was once a huge force in the social sharing game, but as Facebook, Twitter and newer forms of networking took off, Digg usage began to sink. After a fresh redesign, the team is now placing a "top priority" tag on the building of an all new RSS reader. And the goal, of course, is to capture as many ex-Reader users as possible. In order to do so, the company is accelerating... Read more...
Earlier this month when Betaworks (the buyer of fading social news site Digg) said it would turn Digg back into a startup, apparently that wasn’t lip service. In a News.me blog post (which is also owned by Betaworks), team members Jake Levine, Michael Young, and Justin Van Slembrouck announced that a team of ten was tackling the project of combining News.me and Digg into a new and better social news site--called “Digg”. What’s more, they’re planning to crank this overhaul out in just six weeks total, with a projected completion date of v.1 by August 1st. They posted... Read more...
Back in 2008, social news site Digg was valued at $164 million; now, it’s been sold for the relative pittance of half a million dollars, according to the Wall Street Journal. (AllThingsD has outgoing Digg CEO Matt Williams on record as saying that the deal was much larger and was a combination of cash and equity; still, it's far, far less than the site was worth at one time.) The buyer is Betaworks, a “new medium” company that says it will fold Digg into News.me (which sounds strikingly similar to Digg in its design and mission). In a blog post, Betaworks pledged to turn Digg... Read more...
In Silicon Valley, one of the favorite tools of recruiters is the staff list at other tech companies. No wonder when the number of job openings in the tech sector continue to climb, but the number of graduates with the proper skills does not. Poaching talent has become an art form and it's expected to become even more aggressive in the coming years, according to data pulled together in an infographic on Udemy.com. The online course builder worked with Column 5 to pull together an in-depth look at the so-called "Arms Race" in tech. The most interesting tidbits, to me, were that the number of computer... Read more...
You do realize we're a social sort of group here; demented and sad but social.  (Insert your personal favorite Breakfast Club line...)  That said, though we're enslaved to Tech goodness, it doesn't mean we don't have time to mix it up with the masses on the various new social networking and social media platforms.  No doubt, if you're not just a single-cell organism of some sort, you've likely got a Facebook profile.  And of course we'd invite you to subscribe or "like" our HotHardware page on FB; go nuts, you know you want to. Ahh but we're perhaps even more omnipotent than... Read more...
Yahoo! launched its Buzz Social News site in beta form in February.  It differs from other Social News sites as being invitation-only, but despite that: it's already given Digg's traffic a buzz-cut.Yahoo Buzz had an explosive first few months, showing that it could generate 90% of the traffic that three-year old Digg could in only a matter of weeks. Furthermore, users of Buzz have been found to be more likely to comment on Buzzed stories.The comScore report for April 2008 showed an astounding 74% month-over-month growth in unique visitors to Buzz, and a steady increase in minutes spent on... Read more...
Stop me if you've heard this one before. Powerful more-or-less user-run news aggregator Digg.com is apparently for sale.  But unlike the last handful of times you heard that, this time four potential buyers have been identified, and are performing due diligence towards an actual sale. Perhaps you've heard of two of them: Microsoft and Google.Digg has been working with investment bank Allen & Co, and is pitching big tech and media companies on a sale. It is even prepared to take less than the $300 million suggested late last year, TechCrunch said.Four companies, including Internet giants... Read more...
You can bet Merriam-Webster wasn't consulted on this redefinition.Up to now, the way any online news publisher got one of its articles publicized through the Digg social service is by hoping enough people were interested in it to vote in favor of moving it up the Digg scale -- of giving it enough "Diggs." Starting today, however, that changes: The secret to a heavy publicity on the Digg service won't be having enough people, but having the right kind of people. And how Digg determines the right kind has already become a subject of controversy among its community. This morning, Digg founder and... Read more...
The internet riot over the posting of a decryption code for HD-DVD discs yesterday at Digg was fascinating and amusing. But the end result for Digg, and others that post-- or allow to be posted-- that mundane but magical string of numbers and letters could be very severe. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is in a position to know what's legal and enforceable here and what's not, and it looks bad for Digg. The AACS-LA presumably would argue that the key is a "component" or "part" of a "technology" that circumvents AACS. Moreover, AACS-LA would likely argue that the key was "primarily... Read more...
It appears that the top-brass at Digg have banned one of their most prominent members, Stacy Doss AKA 3Monkeys, for no apparent reason.  We want to bring this story to your attention because Stacy Doss also happens to be one of our valued team members here at HotHardware. TH: Why do you suppose you've been given the snub this time - after 4 days of emails and no response? SD: I honestly couldn't begin to guess. There has been a lot of friction between the top users at digg and the average user at digg. I believe that the digg staff has a thorny issue with that friction. Trying... Read more...