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Digg to do away with its software-free toolbar in upcoming version of site. The news comes within hours of Digg's CEO Jay Adelson stepping down.
The DiggBar is no more--for unregistered users that is. The company has turned it into an opt-in experience in response to user and media backlash.
Company also is removing URL shortening and Web page-framing service from anonymous Digg usage and letting registered users turn it off completely.
Publishers are biting back against Digg's software free toolbar and link shortening service, but is it really such a bad thing? We dig in.
We take a look at the new Digg, which is currently in private alpha testing, to show you what's new and what's changed from the current version.
Alternative "Big Ole" titles include "Big Ole Podcast," "Big Ole Bite of Intel's Giant Robotic Hamster," and so on. In the actual news, the Apple-Google war continues into mobile advertising territory, we debate the relative valuation of Foursquare, and Verizon resorts to shamelessly begging for the iPhone.
It's clear that the company has to deal with its dual identity as a social-news pioneer struggling to compete with Facebook and Twitter, and a Slashdot-like fanboy hub.
In his keynote at the Web 2.0 Expo, Tim O'Reilly sets off the punditocracy by insisting that the "war of the Web" is heating up again. Did it ever cool off?
Digg is experimenting with a new way to promote hot stories to the front page before the site's official algorithm kicks in.
Digg's new URL structure is here to stay, though shortened Digg links made before the change will behave as they once did--leading straight to the source.