2:00AM (EST) May 2nd , 2007 Digg was pronounced dead.
Ok, maybe dead is a bit too strong of a word, but after a long night of fighting with angered Diggers the site has finally crashed. It was only a matter of time, I'm surprised it lasted this long. Perhaps it will be up again later, but they've made a lot of people angry, and well, once you piss off the internet, it's hard to get back in its good graces.
Chaos, that's the only word that can describe what's going on over at Digg right now. Apparently, someone put up a story that contained the HD-DVD AACS Processing Key and not only was the story deleted, but the user was banned.
This has caused the biggest uproar that I've ever seen on a site such as Digg. It seems that many users are digging anything that contains the magic number in it, and burying everything else that comes along. This way every story for pages and pages contains the hack.
The big thing to note is that it's not a riot about the hack, it's a riot about censorship. The site was built on the idea that the users picked the stories, and as long as there's no foul play to hit the front page, they're left alone. But when Digg decides to start censoring what stories it will allow, then they are destroying everything that they stand for.
The cult of Digg has taken over the blogosphere, with weblogs all over desperately competing for the idle clicks of feckless browse-toads. But what if you're looking for a way to validate yourself in the real world, without going to the inconvenience of having a permanent link tattooed on your forehead? How about a portable Diggometer, then?
Oh sweet geeks, always so keen to show they know what's going on behind closed doors that they spill the beans on products we're all scratching our hair out waiting for. Today it's the turn of Kevin Rose who used Diggnation Episode 74 to leak some juicy details about Apple's "we all know it's coming, just give it to us dammit!" iPhone.
According to the hat-wearing Mac-lover and his "solid" source, the iPhone will...
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