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[ Digg this! ] The ongoing digital revolt over at Digg can be easily summed up with this nice picture of their frontpage:

Digg HD DVD Fiasco

Short story?
1) Hex Code to Crack HD-DVD DRM released
2) Stories submitted on Digg and went to the frontpage
3) Digg receives DMCA notice
4) Digg deletes all stories about the HD-DVD hack
5) Diggers found out HD-DVD sponsored Diggnation
6) Diggers revolt against censorship
6) All stories on the Digg frontpage now displays the HD-DVD fiasco

And the magic code that broke the wisdom of the crowd — 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0.

[tags]digg, fiasco, hd-dvd, hex code, kevin rose, jay adelson, 09-F9-11-02-9D-74-E3-5B-D8-41-56-C5-63-56-88-C0[/tags]

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

11 Responses

  1. Avatar for Berlin Berlin says:

    …shows you how immature diggers are.

  2. Avatar for aMgiNe aMgiNe says:

    hmmm way too techie for me. anyways, off topic: kept hearing ur name last eb. hope u were there. hopped from marhgil’s blog. hope u visit my blog when u have time. God bless

  3. Avatar for Aaron Roselo Aaron Roselo says:

    I was laughing my head off kanina but I eventuallt got bored of it. I’d rather read the other more newsworthy diggs. I mean, it’s revolutionary but the HD-DVD thing just doesn’t peak my interest.

  4. Avatar for Mike Abundo Mike Abundo says:

    Actually, it’s not even a leaked trade secret. It’s a legitimately reverse-engineered trade secret.

  5. Avatar for Mike Abundo Mike Abundo says:

    The MPAA is wrong. The code is a leaked trade secret, neither a copyrighted work nor a circumvention device.

    If the MPAA sues Kevin Rose, Kevin will win.

  6. Avatar for Michael Michael says:

    Since this morning, submitting a story to Digg was halted.

    As of this afternoon, Kevin Rose succumbed to the pressure of the digg community, allowing all post about the magic code:

    Lesson: in a democracy, it’s in the best interest of the leaders to listen to the constituency.

  7. Avatar for Michael Michael says:


    All in all, I was tempted to join the fun… but nah, I diggress.

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