The last of a dying breed.
I have to admit that I have a certain fondness in my heart for the “Dick Quits” school of thought. This is in large part because it’s kind of emotionally satisfying to see Dick fighting back in this way, standing his ground, and beginning to decide what kind of man he’s going to be.
(But actually it’s also because I can just hear the 80’s soundtrack beginning to play in the background, right before Dick dramatically rips off his Robin tunic to reveal the Discowing suit, and shouts “SCREW YOU, BRUCE. I’M AN ACROBAT!” as he rides off into the night on a motorcycle.)
Digg — yes, that Digg — has a replacement in the works for Google Reader, and it looks like it’ll arrive just ahead of the final days of Google’s RSS aggregation service. The service, which uses the same API as Reader, is planning a public beta starting on June 26th; a “friends and family” beta will open this Wednesday, the 19th, with limited access.
During beta, the Digg RSS reader is free. In a survey Digg published last month on its blog, however, the company found that over 40 percent of respondents are “willing to pay for a Google Reader replacement.” The company noted alongside the finding that, “Free products on the Internet don’t have a great track record. They tend to disappear, leaving users in a lurch. We need to build a product that people can rely on and trust will always be there for them. We’re not sure how pricing might work, but we do know that we’d like our users to be our customers, not our product.”
That said, Digg’s latest blog post seemingly assuages our worry. “We mentioned in a prior post that Digg Reader will ultimately be a ‘freemium’ product,” the post reads. “But we’re not going to bait-and-switch. All of the features introduced next week, as well as many others yet to come, will be part of the free experience.” Those features include the standard RSS reader experience, “easy migration and onboarding from Google Reader,” “useful mobile apps that sync with the web experience” (there’s an iOS one pictured, and Android is promised in the 60 days post-launch) and “support for … subscribing, sharing, saving and organizing.”
I’m a fan of Digg. I liked the service back when it was popular, found some entertainment in Diggnation, and have tried and liked the Digg ios app. Back when I used it, I had even hoped there would be some sort of google reader integration. While I’m currently using feedly to replace my google reader, this does sound promising…
The crew of Morning Joe was kind of rude to Russell Brand this morning and he awesomely took them down in response and turned it into an apt commentary on the the state of today’s news media. We wouldn’t normally say this, but well done, Russell! Morning Joe clearly underestimated you. Watch the clip here.
“I guess I thought I was Elvis Presley but I’ll tell ya something. All Elvis did was stand on a stage and play a guitar. He never fell off on that pavement at no 80 mph.”
– Evel Knievel
Will MacKenzie was said to be a notorious gambler , who accoring to folklore, promised his soul to the devil for a winning poker hand.
Shorlty after becoming ill, MacKenzie, fearfull of his pact being fulfilled, had his tomb errected (above), so he could be burried above ground and sat at a poker table…holding a winning poker hand.
His logic was that been buried this way, would stop the Devil from coming to collect his soul.
MacKenzie’s ghost is said to roam the overgrown churchyard and surrounding area.
Rodney Street, Liverpool, England