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After 600 Tons of Mercury Flowed, the Trouble Began

How Minamata disease in Japan changed what we know about mercury poisoning

(Newser) - It is, writes Joshua Sokol at Digg , "one of the most famous environmental disasters in history." And the cause is now known to be fairly straightforward: From 1932 to 1968, a chemical factory in Minamata, Japan, dumped 600 tons or so of mercury into the local harbor. One... More »

What It's Like to Give Birth and Then 'Become Psychotic'

Catherine Carver describes her experience with postpartum psychosis

(Newser) - Catherine Carver has a medical degree. She's published a book on the immune system . She never struggled with mental illness before becoming a mother. So she's surprised, now that she's on the other side of the experience, that after giving birth to her daughter via emergency C-section,... More »

Digg Sold for Just $500K

Sale price makes former web darling bigger flop than MySpace

(Newser) - Social media site Digg—or, at least, what's left of it—has been sold to BetaWorks for the bargain-basement price of just $500,000, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The site, which allows users to post links and vote other submissions up or down, was once one of... More »

Washington Post Buys Digg Techies ... but Not Digg

Former Web 2.0 darling left for dead

(Newser) - The Washington Post may have just dug Digg's grave. Yesterday The Next Web shocked much of the tech world with a report that the Post was buying the once-hot social media site, but it now looks like that's only partially true. TechCrunch later reported that the Post was... More »

Google Plans 'Facebook Killer'

Search giant rumored to be trying social networking again

(Newser) - A single tweet from Digg co-founder Kevin Rose hinting at a Google challenger to Facebook has opened the floodgates of speculation about what a Google social network, aka "Google Me," would look like. Most focus on Google profiles, a service that establishes a small profile that comes up... More »

Perez Hilton Tops Internet Celebrity List

Forbes list includes Digg, Twitter, TechCrunch, Mashable founders

(Newser) - When it comes to Internet celebrity, Perez Hilton tops the list. The gossip blogger excels in all of Forbes ' criteria, including hits on Google, page views, media saturation, and Twitter followers. Each person on the list must be famous primarily for their Web presence. Herewith, the rest of the... More »

Tea: Hot Drink of Geek Elite

(Newser) - Silicon Valley’s tastemakers are trading coffee for the soothing sensation of fine tea, reports Wired. The same tech giants who helped fuel the Starbucks craze are flocking to expensive teas, and tea lounges are popping up in the Bay Area to meet the demand. “It’s the new... More »

Plane Crash Tweets Help Twitter Overtake Digg

Microblogging site gets the edge in market share for first time since launch

(Newser) - Twitter traffic has overtaken Digg for the first time since the microblogging site's launch, Hitwise reports. The newcomer edged up to #84 last week—one spot above Digg—after the US Airways crash spawned a huge number of updates. A photo of the scene taken by a Twitter user on... More »

Investors Fund Big Digg Expansion

Social news site raises $28M, plans to double staff, go global

(Newser) - Social news site Digg has raised $28.7 million to fund an aggressive expansion and fend off rumors it will be sold, IDG News Service reports. The 4-year-old site, which allows readers to rank stories, plans to double its staff to 150, revamp its features, and expand internationally. The move... More »

Politics Battles Tech for Soul of Digg

Election pulls big traffic —and big discontent among nerderati

(Newser) - With election season in full swing, the political junkies have come for Digg.com, making Hillary, Barack, et. al. fixtures on the social news site. That’s been great for traffic, but it’s also angered the tech nerd early adopters who made Digg a success, CNET reports. At a... More »

Quiet on Microsoft, Yahoo Teases Debut of Digg Rival

Social news aggregator is Yahoo's latest product launch

(Newser) - Yahoo’s top execs were tight-lipped on the Microsoft buyout bid in addresses to an online ad conference today, but hinted at a new service set to debut this week which may be Yahoo Buzz, the company’s reported social news aggregator, writes cNet. Jerry Yang said he had been... More »

Slashdot Doesn't Digg Ron Paul

Tech blog founder says social news sites too easily manipulated

(Newser) - Social news sites like Digg don’t work, says Slashdot founder Rob Malda, and Ron Paul is Exhibit A. “A lot of these community news sites are all about Ron Paul,” Malda told the New York Times. “What that is really demonstrating is that you are seeing... More »

Best Rock Movies of All Time

Blender comes up with its list of the top 100, starting with Spinal Tap.

(Newser) - Grab a blanket and some popcorn and settle in with Blender's best rock and roll movies of all time:
  1. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
  2. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  3. Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (2004)
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25 Essential Websites

Email? Shopping? News? Time picks the destinations you just can't live without

(Newser) - You find a restaurant on Citysearch, buy movie tickets on Fandango, and then go home and Google the guy you shared a cab with. Was there a time before the Internet? Here are the first 10 of Time's 25 can't-live-without websites:
  1. Amazon.com
  2. BBC.co.uk
  3. Citysearch.com
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Users Revolt After Digg Censors DVD Hackers

User-generated site pulls code, loses cred, reverses course

(Newser) - Web 2.0 blogs are rushing to declare Digg dead, after a night in which the site's main page was saturated with its own obituaries. The web's most popular user-generated news site prompted a mutiny by removing posts revealing how to crack encrypted DVDs and HDs. Digg said the illegal... More »

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