If the NYTimes.com most-emailed list was curated by Aunt Mabel, Digg.com’s ‘top news in all content’ list is probably generated by her 20- (or 30-) something nephew: a Twittering, iPhone wielding, card-carrying member of Generation Wii. Here’s what this dude (we’ll call him Kevin) and the rest of Diggnation have been Diggin’ in the past week:
TMZ: John Hughes Dies — Appropriate comment from NRay7882: “RIP, and here’s to never remaking The Breakfast Club or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Advertisers dumping Glenn Beck — MediaMatters.org quoted a ColorForChange press release announcing that three companies who run ads during Mr. Beck’s Fox show—NexisLexis-owned Lawyers.com, Proctor & Gamble and Progressive Insurance—today “distanced themselves” after “over 45,000 ColorOfChange.org members called on advertisers to pull their ads from Glenn Beck after the controversial news host called President Obama a ‘racist’ who ‘has a deep-seated hatred for white people’ on ‘Fox & Friends’ last week.”
Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? — On Alternet.org, an excerpt of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? by Steve Fox, Paul Armentano and Mason Tvert (published by Chelsea Green), which examines how Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps could get away with acting like “a drunken ass,” but when he inhales a bit of pot, “he is run through the social, corporate, and legal wringer—but only for his suspected pot use. … Next time he goes out in public, he should just stick to being drunk and obnoxious.” Frankyfran3 says: “This comparison is all the more serious because of his previous conviction of driving under the influence of alcohol, which could have potentially maimed/killed himself or others.”
Rejected By Apple, iPhone Developers are Going Underground — Wired reports: “Some developers aren’t taking the rejection lying down: They’re turning instead to an unauthorized app store called Cydia, where forbidden wares continue to exist — and even earn developers some money.” Viva la anti-Apple revolution!
How Did Hackers Cripple Twitter? — Time magazine investigates. Comment from skyfyre: “They did the world a favor.”
Spotify Is the Best Desktop Music Player We’ve Ever Used — Lifehacker reviews this music app getting lots of attention across the Web recently, including from New York’s Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and his son, Josh Wilson, who were quoted in Brad Stone’s recent New York Times story. This is from Lifehacker: “Imagine a music app with instant access to any song you wanted to hear. Imagine creating a playlist from those songs and quickly, easily sharing it with friends. Such an app does exist, it’s called Spotify, and could just change music forever.”
CNN Rips Into Fraudulent Health Care CEO Anti-Reformer — Talking Points Memo points out the rift between CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, who took down Rick Scott: “Rick Scott, the founder of an organization that’s been funding anti-health care reform protests and the former CEO of a hospital company that, as Sanchez pointed out, paid $1.7 billion to settle charges of overcharging Medicare and Medicaid.” Latenight13 says: “Finally CNN finds a backbone.”
10 mysteries of human behaviour that science can’t explain — The U.K. Telegraph writes up the New Scientist magazine editorial about our pecularities, like why we have body hair and get blushy cheeks or pick our noses and do silly things like make art. Comment from Rockout: “#11 Women.”
Digg Ads beta rolling out this week — Wow, now Diggers can help influence what kinds of ads they see as they browse around the site. What if you could down Digg those Palm 3 ads into oblivion? Bliss! An explanation from Digg’s official blog: “your Diggs, buries and clicks influence a quality score that determines how often the ad gets displayed, and ultimately how much the advertiser pays per click. The more you Digg an ad, the less the advertiser will have to pay; the more an ad is buried, the more the advertiser is charged, eventually pricing it out of the system. … Our goal with Digg Ads is to encourage advertisers to create content as compelling as organic Digg stories, and to give you more control over which ads you see on Digg.”
Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user — CNet reports: “A Georgian blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and Google’s Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial-of-service attack that led to the sitewide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.” Just one guy, people! Comment from ipt2g: “I’m so mad at the hacker. I really wanted to see what my friends ate for lunch today, and when they flushed their toilets, or when they farted. I missed out on a lot today, all thanks to this Russian Hacker! “
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