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Facebook has now launched the Facebook Platform: developers can now build their own applications on top of Facebook. This is important: Techdirt thinks that it could help Facebook become the platform for the internet (something Google could have done but continues to pass on). With 40 billion page views per month (according to the link above) it’s clearly in a position to challenge MySpace – and, being the more open platform, my money’s on Facebook to win.

I’ve already added the Digg application to my profile – now, if only it worked.

Update: Now the Digg widget works, and, as if to validate my (and everyone else’s) assessment of the significance of Facebook’s move, Digg itself links to this story, in which venture capitalist Josh Kopelman says that choosing between MySpace and Facebook is ‘[not] even a decision, it’s an IQ test’.

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A nice excerpt from Al Gore’s book The Assault on Reason in Time magazine:

In the world of television, the massive flows of information are largely in only one direction, which makes it virtually impossible for individuals to take part in what passes for a national conversation. Individuals receive, but they cannot send. They hear, but they do not speak. The “well-informed citizenry” is in danger of becoming the “well-amused audience.” Moreover, the high capital investment required for the ownership and operation of a television station and the centralized nature of broadcast, cable and satellite networks have led to the increasing concentration of ownership by an ever smaller number of larger corporations that now effectively control the majority of television programming in America.

This is what the internet is supposed to fix, btw. (Via Digg.)

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I recently joined Amie Street, which is a new music service with very interesting business model: upload your music and people can download it for free, and as it becomes more popular the price starts to go up to a maximum of $0.98 per song. That way, there’s an incentive to seek out relatively unheard-of artists while also knowing exactly what’s popular. I downloaded (for 88 cents) an album from Jotto.

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Diggers are going crazy over the leaked HD-DVD key. Here are some interesting looking screenshots (the first is from the top of the page, the second from the bottom).

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Only two of 14 stories have nothing to do with the key. This after Digg has removed a number of prior stories posted to their homepage about the key.

Nothing particularly informative, I just it thought it was funny. And beautiful, in a ‘fuck the man’ kind of way.

Update: Digg is a bloodbath now. And Slashdot’s fortune is apropos: “Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin.” — John Von Neumann

Update 2: Holy fucking cow. Digg has been in meltdown mode all evening – it was percolating most of the day – Jay’s blog post seems to have been the final trigger since he failed to satisfactorily explain what most of us felt was a cave-in to a legal threat and the subsequent banning of accounts, and then it came out that Diggnation (the weekly podcast) has been sponsored by the HD-DVD consortium. I have no idea how they are going to recover, but a nice long explanation on the next episode of Diggnation would be a good start.

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