Marijuana could be an exit drug, Will this help Marijuana stocks?

Marijuana could be an exit drug, Will this help marijuana stocks?

An often heard assertion about marijuana is that it’s a “gateway drug,” one that leads young people into using more dangerous drugs over time. But new research and programs are now examining its potential as an exit drug.

A recent study of a medical marijuana patients group found that a significant number of them were using the drug as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs

Forty percent have used cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 26% as a substitute for illicit drugs and 66% as a substitute for prescription drugs. The most common reasons given for substituting were: less adverse side effects (65%), better symptom management (57%), and less withdrawal potential (34%) with cannabis.

The study reported in the Harm Reduction Journal focused more specifically on the use of marijuana as a treatment for alcoholism. A study of 92 medical marijuana patients using the drug as a substitute for alcohol found that marijuana was an effective treatment in 100 percent of the cases:

When addressing the efficacy of cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, all participants reported cannabis substitution as very effective (50%) or effective (50%). Ten percent of the patients reported being abstinent from alcohol for more than a year and attributed their success to cannabis. Twenty one percent of patients had a return of alcoholic symptoms when they stopped using cannabis. Reasons for stopping the cannabis use ranged from entering the armed forces to being arrested for using cannabis.

The use of marijuana as a “harm reduction” strategy in addiction and mental health services is being tested at the Harborside Health Center in Oakland, CA., in a program funded by the area’s largest medical marijuana dispensary. Harm Reduction Clinical Consultant Jennifer Janichek explained to the East Bay Express that harm reduction philosophy is that people will engage in risky behavior, so a focus should be on reducing the harm associated with those risks. Examples are needle exchanges, condom disbursements, and seat belt laws. And now, maybe “a little pot over a lot of OxyContin.”

This is yet another reason that there will be a push to legalize Marijuana. Most people believe it is just a matter of time. This may be why so many people are looking into investing in Marijuana stocks in hope to cash in big once it is legalized.

There are plenty of reason why people love pot stocks and love marijuana stocks. Don’t be surprised if Marijuana Stocks are next years bitcoin!

Penny Stocks

 

 

Penny
stocks are a nightmare for every broker, analyst, and
financial advisor. The number of
scams, failures, pump-and-dump fraudsters and dishonest
officers is well recorded. However what
is rarely mentioned are the hundreds of success stories.
With big rewards comes big
risk. Never play with more than you can afford to lose and
never take a “tip” from anyone without doing your own due
diligence. Our performance speaks for itself, however, please
be advised, past performance in no way, shape or form can
predict or guarantee future results.

 

Some of the easiest money made is in finding
tightly held small float stocks, ie: low public floats. An example
of this
would be: after a company has done a reverse split and name change,
most of the time that company will be undergoing some type of
promotional advertising for their stock to retail buyers.  99%
of the time these stocks see huge price gains, in other words,
profits for the early investors in the market.

 

Teacup pig was the number one shared thing on Digg

When we first launched Digg the social share site there were several things that went viral. Different viral videos and different funny memes. One of the most shocking things was pictures of teacup pigs. For some reason, these little guys captured the hearts of many people. There has been a long growing debate on whether or not these micro teacup pigs actually exist or not. From the research, we have done there seem to be some teacup pigs that actually do say smaller but most end up larger and the size of pot belly pigs. This trend came over from the Europe. They have even been featured in an in a Chase bank commercial. That commercial aired during the Olympics and we saw a huge spike in teacup pig interest. This will be interesting to watch. Will pigs someday be as common as cats and dogs as pets? They seem to be taking off in Asia right now.

Update: We forgot to mention Micro pig is a phrase we also connected to teacup pig.  There is a lot of hype and people love their pigs. Everyone who owns a pig seems to be impressed by their intelligence. They really are an amazing animal. Very intelligent. They can walk around parks. They are really good with a child as well.

cheapteacuppigs

Was Digg almost a penny stock company?

If Digg would have been a penny stock company would you have invested?

Penny stock investments are interesting investment decisions. The gain and loss can be spectacular and the overall ratio is higher for loss side. Many people become millionaires after becoming penny stock traders, but most of them actually know about the increase of prices on a particular time. You can begin your penny stock trading, but make sure that you learn about these stocks very well before making the investment. One wrong move can lead towards loss of your hard earned money and make you negative about stock investments.

 

Penny stocks are micro cap stocks having per stock value of $5 or less. These stocks have low market capitalization of companies, which means that the total assets and liquid money with the company is lesser. Mostly, the beginner companies in any niche are associated with penny stocks. These tiny stocks have high volatility and low potential. It is integral for the investors to make choice for the perfect stocks having real background. Penny stocks are risky and choosing them is quite difficult for the investors. You must learn the right ways to trade them. Read more about choosing the right stocks at Penny Stocks.

Make the portion of your investment dedicated for micro cap stocks and don’t go beyond it. You might be tempted to do more of investments to make simple money, but it won’t work till you buy the right stocks in your investment. If micro cap stocks can produce great gains, it can make you bear huge losses too. Understand the reality that penny stocks can’t make you millionaire as these involve high risks and returns on investment are not wonderful. You can take these stocks in different portions and not involve too much money into one stock as the probability of losing increases with this strategy. The potential gains can be more, but becoming greedy can ruin all your money and make you penny less.

A Version 1 preview

We have finally realized our dream of Digg and we have taken the last 6 weeks to hustle and rebuild the website from scratch.  Here is a sneak peek.

We plan to have Digg to be a real time example of what the internet is talking about. It needs to be fully responsive and interactive to everyone that visits it. We asked people in a survey why the visit websites like Digg. The majority of them do it to find and share great stories that they can’t find elsewhere in any other community. Here are our 4 goals:

  1. We want everything to be easy to read, find, and share the most talked about stories that are getting internet buzz.
  2. The user needs to experience something that is quick and easy to read. We want people to be able to browse share and easily come back to us.
  3. We want to build a unique experience that is compatible with each device. This way users will see stories on smartphones, email, and in social media.
  4. We want the stories to be easily shared on all social formats.

The old days of internet headlines just don’t work with stories that are bigger and have more impact on certain people. Not every story can be told the same way. Some stories are better told through video, Some stories are better through text, and some stories an image is worth a thousand words. We that in mind we have set out to design Digg. We are glad we made the decision to not launch Digg as IPO penny stock company.

Here are a few of our design mock ups. rethinkdigg digg

Here is a closer look at what we started with on our proposal. diggingit

 

The final version will be complete and ready for launch shortly. When you visit our site, you will find an amazing user-friendly experience. We won’t have a tradition website. We will bring something new to the internet so everyone has a great experience. No more boring newsrooms websites. You will bring the top stories and well as what is popular and upcoming to our users and visitors.

 

It will take awhile for us to get our commenting system up and running. We find that there are too many spam comments going around. So it will take longer to get up and rolling right.

 

We will be adjusting the Digg score. We will be focusing more on Facebook shares and Twitter shares to help find which stories are trending. No more walls. We want Digg to provide experiences that can interact with any site on the internet. Digg Scores will not only factor from our own site but also Facebook and Twitter. We will be able to process data to come up with accurate Digg scores.

diggscore

 

We learned a unique system of measuring from news.me which we will implement for the Digg score. We find that this new way of doing things has led to users reading stories multiple times in one day. After six weeks and our initial launch, we will be back to ask your opinions.

Solar Energy Stocks

Some Wall Street analysts have linked the pricing of solar stocks with the price of oil.  There appears to be some solid merit to this concept, especially in the last few weeks.

Using First Solar as an example, one can see the decline that began with oil prices roughly five weeks ago to a decline in the stock price of FSLR.  Oil is down about 33% of its high and FSLR stock is down 28% from its recent high.  This is a pattern that has been demonstrated by a number of solar stocks.

Part of trading solar stocks is watching commodity prices in general, particularly oil and natural gas.  The lower the price of these fossil fuels, the less immediate need (theoretically) for an alternative energy source.  For those who are long-term investors in solar stocks, this will not be an issue.  First Solar is often used as the benchmark for solar stocks because of their presence globally, experience, stock price and their exposure to massive solar projects.

Anyone who is trading solar stocks on a short-term or intermediate basis, commodity prices are a strong indicator of how well solar shares will perform in the near future.  Having lost 28% makes FLSR somewhat tempting, however, there are at least two factors that can make one hesitate.  First, given the relationship between oil pricing and FSLR, there is a possibility that oil will continue to slide.  What if oil goes back to $65 per barrel?  Theoretically, FSLR could lose another 28% or more.  Second, FSLR is the most expensive solar stock traded on either the NYSE or Nasdaq.  Despite the recent drop, the stock is still roughly $211 a share.  There are a number of other quality solar companies to invest in and/or trade out there.  Both of these factors may make one consider either waiting on the sidelines or looking for another solar firm.

But even though FSLR is not a solar trade, it should be always be kept in sight.  First Solar will be a good benchmark for any solar shares you trade.  Keep your trading screens open with the price of oil, natural gas, and FSLR at all times.  And remember when you see oil start to rise, FSLR could very well be a solid player for the short-term.

In a sign that solar stocks are going to have a lot of business, Q Cells has signed a 10-year contract with LDK Solar.  Q Cells, based in Germany, is the largest manufacturer of solar cells in the world.  Their stock is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.  LDK Solar is a NYSE listed stock, based in China.

The 10-year deal calls for LDK Solar to provide no less than 20,000 metric tons of UMG solar grade silicon.  The agreement began immediately on Friday, September 12th, 2008.  There is also an option for both parties to produce up to 21,000 more metric tons over the same time period.  Along with these two contractual agreements, there was also a memorandum of understanding between the two companies.

This memorandum is an indication that LDK is going to have a long-term business partner.  It indicates that in addition to the two mentioned agreements, that Q Cells will be supplied up to five mega watts of solar wafers by LDK.  And as Q Cells is the worldwide leader in solar cell production this could eventually lead to more commitments.  LDK investors now have to realize a greater deal of safety in their investment.  This is the biggest solar contract ever.  No matter what else happens within the LDK business they are going to have a high degree of business and fulfillment of this contract.

Mr. Peng, the CEO of LDK, stated that this collaboration is a sign that his company produces a high-quality product.  He also named two of the products LDK would sell to Q Cells, those being Nova wafers and a more standard wafer made from high purity polysilicon.  Mr. Milner, the CEO of Q Cells,  congratulated LDK for their reliability and quality.

Now given this situation, you might think that LDK shares rose on Friday. Well, they did.  LDK stock opened at $41.62, up $.89 on the open of trading.  The stock quickly moved up and traded at an intra-day high of $43.40 per share.  Then the stock started to retreat and ended up the day at $40.76, up to a whole nickel for the day.  In the end, not quite much of a rally for such an enormous accomplishment.

LDK has been falling in general since a recent high of $51, back on August 29th.  Much like other solar stocks it has been hit hard by the collapsing price of oil which has been declining rapidly since July.  Nearly all of the solar stocks have been on the decline lately and this tepid rise on Friday is a bit of an omen for LDK Solar.

Although this deal is a great prize for LDK’s future, for the moment investors might want to be guarded.  There are two ways to look at LDK as an investment play.  First, to wait and see how the company trades this week.  If it appears to have the strength (and other solar stocks are rallying) then it could be considered a buy for a quick gain.  Second, plan on potentially going into LDK Solar as a long-term investment.  If the stock does continue to drop, then investors could dollar cost average into the LDK shares regularly.  Or just set-up buying more shares at lower price points.

The good news is that if you buy LDK (or currently own it) this deal is going to provide a strong basis for the company over the coming years.  The Q Cells agreement makes LDK a stock to buy for a trade, with the possibility of getting a long run investment.  If you are looking to take a major long-term investment in solar, consider LDK as a strong candidate.

Gold Stocks

Gold Penny stocks to watch. Gold has become one of the best investments you can make today. Historically, investors have always turned to gold in a time of economic crisis. When the value of the dollar is plunging, the investment community rushes into gold as a way to protect their assets.

This current economic crisis isn’t just affecting us here in America, it’s affecting the entire world and investors everywhere are turning to gold as a safe haven. I think we all know that this global rescission is not going to magically disappear overnight which would also mean that the rise of gold prices won’t be slowing down just yet.

Last year alone world investment in gold nearly doubled, exceeding 1,900 tonnes-a value of around billion. Yet the government, central banks, and private investors are not the biggest driving force of Gold’s dramatic price increase. The highest demand for gold comes from the jewelry industry and America is not the country with the highest demand, India is.

A quick history lesson; gold import in India went thru strong restrictions during the two world wars and adopted a fully restricted policy after independence. They didn’t have a reformed policy until the early 1990′s. An interesting fact about the gold control regime was that it prohibited all gold transactions between residents and non-residents. This caused an effect similar to America’s prohibition of black market smuggling and unofficial transactions in foreign exchange began to flourish. India’s gold consumptions accelerated sharply during the 1990′s after the liberalization of the gold import policy.

Today India is the world’s largest consumers of gold. In the first quarter of this year, total consumer demand in India soared 698% to 193.5 tonnes. The jewelry industry there contributes over 15% of the country’s total exports and provides employment to 1.3 million people directly and indirectly.

Penny stocks are a great way to get into gold investing. One of the more profitable investment choices is gold stocks. Investors can buy shares in junior gold companies relatively cheap and see staggering gains once the gold starts coming out of the ground.

A junior mining company is an exploration company that looks for new deposits of gold, silver, uranium or other precious minerals. These companies target properties that are believed to have significant potential for finding large mineral deposits.

The junior gold mining companies often see the greatest impact on their share prices, so much so that you don’t have to wait to invest until the gold is being produced. When a junior gold company is in the exploration phase and strikes gold, the share price soars.

Oil stocks

Hot oil stock

Precision Petroleum Corporation is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and natural gas properties in the United States. Precision’s objective is to seek out and develop opportunities in the oil and natural gas sectors that represent a low-risk opportunity. As well, Precision aims to define larger projects that can be developed with Joint Venture partners. We consider it one of the top oil stocks.

PPTO Closed @ .95 Today Up Another 4%.  We are near the critical breakout point of 1.00.

This move past $1.00 is coming and once it does we are going to see a move to the old high of $1.58. We see a stock price of $2.00 to $3.00 based on the expected new flow.  This is a huge potential gain for members who choose to enter the stock this coming week.

PPTO has been on an acquisition hunt and is building a solid portfolio of producing properties which are going to gain value as oil rises. PPTO is in Oklahoma and Montana with properties which have huge reserves and a long history of producing solid results.

The average well purchased by PPTO has a 15-year lifespan.  PPTO is setting up for the benefit of shareholders on both a short and long term basis.

This world is watching as oil gathers more speed and climbs past $58 dollars this week.

Oil is up 10% this week and up 70% from the low of $34 per barrel set in February.

Analyst sentiment is turning and we have the beginning of a move to the $70 per barrel level.

Big board oils stocks like Exxon are headed higher on the NYSE.

The trend with the big oil stocks always trickles down to the smaller more nimble players in the oil patch.

PPTO is SUPER CHEAP and has the proper business plan , size , and perspective to be successful in this new oil stock rally.

We think PPTO @ .95 will prove to be very cheap as the stock keeps moving to $1.58, then $2.00 and eventually $3.00+. This move will be news driven.  We have spoken to management on repeated occasions via conference call. They tell us to expect more acquisition news.

The jet fuel leak that has been slowly creeping off Kirtland Airforce Base, and contaminating Albuquerque’s water supply while it’s at it, is “massive.” So massive that it’s in the Exxon Valdez oil spill category, said Albuquerque Journal science writer John Fleck yesterday in a column. And state officials think it’s a very serious problem.

The numbers are in dispute, Fleck noted, with the air force claiming the spill is between one and two million gallons, but the state environment department claiming it’s an eight-million-gallon spill. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of oil in Alaska’s Prince Williams Sound in 1989.

The Kirtland jet fuel leak was discovered in 1999 but the problem began in the 1970s. It was only made public in 2008 when air force officials discovered it had migrated off the base into nearby groundwater. The fuel is sitting on top of groundwater, more than a foot deep in some areas.

Air Force officials downplayed the danger of the spill in 2008, saying that it would be cleaned up before it ever reached a drinking water well. But state environment department officials have a greater sense of urgency apparently.While there are 27 cases of contaminated groundwater in Bernalillo County, nothing comes close to the scale of the Kirtland jet fuel leak, and state officials want it cleaned up, said Fleck:

The urgency with which state regulators view the problem can be seen in an obscure but significant bureaucratic development last month. In an April 2 letter, the Environment Department informed the Air Force that jurisdiction over the fuel spill was being transferred from the state’s Groundwater Quality Bureau to the Hazardous Waste Bureau.

That might sound like boring organization chart stuff, but it has substantive implications. Groundwater regulators had little regulatory muscle to push the Air Force because of restrictions on their ability to tell federal agencies what to do. Not so the Hazardous Waste Bureau, which has broader legal authority to compel federal agencies to act to monitor and clean up spills.

The letter is an attempt to force the Air Force to drill more monitoring wells, to better characterize the extent of the contamination, to get a better handle on what the next steps in cleaning it up need to be.

“We need to know,” Bearzi said in an interview, “and we need to know now.”

N.M. approves four new medical marijuana producers

N.M. approves four new medical marijuana producers

After months during which New Mexico’s single non-profit producer of medical marijuana was unable to keep a consistent supply of medical cannabis, Department of Health Secretary Alfredo Vigil announced Monday that the state is licensing an additional four producers, enough, the department hopes, to supply the state’s nearly 800 active medical cannabis patients.

“We are the first state to develop this kind of distribution system for medical cannabis and we will continue to proceed carefully with the development of the program so we can meet the needs of our patients while not creating an excess supply,” Dr. Vigil said in the statement. “Our main goals are to ensure our patients have access to the medicine they need while building a sustainable program for New Mexico. The medical cannabis program is for people who cannot get relief from their suffering by any other means. We are very proud of the program’s success so far.”

These newly approved non-profits have been highly anticipated by patients and advocates. As NMI first reported in August, almost as soon as the Santa Fe Institute of Natural Medicine made its first medical marijuana crop available to patients, the supply ran out. It eventually had to resort to rationing its supply.

In a November 5 note on the producer’s Web site, SFINM said it understood that patients are “suffering from ‘OUT OF STOCK’ syndrome.”

“We realize this makes you irritable and frustrated and in most cases ready to scream because you are once again forced onto the street for your medicine,” the note states. “To better manage the demand, we have implemented a policy limiting orders to 1 oz for Albuquerque and Santa Fe residents and 2 oz’s for our rural patients who travel longer distances.  … We do so because we want as many people as possible to have an opportunity to get their medicine.”

The state approved four more producers based on an estimate of one producer for every 100 patients.  There are currently 755 patients, 204 of whom are licensed to produce their own medical marijuana, according to the Department of Health.

On November 2, the New Mexico Drug Policy Alliance began circulating via e-mail a letter to Secretary Vigil. The letter urged him to license at least six new nonprofits, based on the same 100 patients per non-profit number.

While the approval of new producers will be welcome news for medical marijuana patients, problems remain with the state’s program. Concerns about border security checkpoints make it unlikely that non-profits will deliver the drug to patients if it requires them to travel through the checkpoints, located in the southern part of the state. The department would not say where the new non-profits are located, citing security concerns.

The cost of delivery has also posed a challenge for the state’s original producer. On its Web site, SFINM states it will only travel outside of the Santa Fe/Albuquerque area if it has a quota of 50 patients to deliver to. Given the rural nature of New Mexico, this means that many patients could be unable to receive deliveries. In its letter to Vigil, the Drug Policy Alliance asked that individual primary caregivers be licensed to produce for patients. Allowing caregivers to grow the drug for patients would help provide access for patients in rural areas of the state, the Alliance said.

There are 15 medical conditions that allow a person to qualify for the program, including cancer, severe chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and post traumatic stress disorder. Make sure you check out the Marijuana Stocks list. It has a list of the latest marijuana stock companies.

Obama administration makes medical marijuana de facto legal

Obama administration makes medical marijuana de facto legal

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last week that the Drug Enforcement Administration would stop shutting down state-approved medical marijuana dispensaries, MSNBC reported last week.

“What the president said during the campaign … will be consistent with what we will be doing here in law enforcement,” Holder said last week in response to a question at a press conference in Santa Ana, Calif.“What (Obama) said during the campaign … is now American policy.”

Obama said at a campaign stop in November 2007 that he was “open” to the use of marijuana as a pain reliever, MSNBC continued:

“My attitude is if the science and the doctors suggest that the best palliative care and the way to relieve pain and suffering is medical marijuana, then that’s something I’m open to,” Obama said in November 2007 at a campaign stop in Audubon, Iowa. “There’s no difference between that and morphine when it comes to just giving people relief from pain.”

New Mexico is one of 13 states that allow the cultivation, sale, and use of medically prescribed marijuana. Gov. Bill Richardson, who signed the legalization bill in April 2007, said in a press release that Holder’s announcement was good news.

“This is welcome news and validates our bold action to allow this alternative treatment to improve the quality of life for those suffering from chronic and debilitating diseases,” said Richardson. “I have no doubt that other states will soon join New Mexico and the other 12 states in recognizing that allowing this effective and compassionate treatment is the right thing to do.”

According to Richardson’s office, since New Mexico legalized medical marijuana more than 200 patient applications have been approved. The law lists eligible medical conditions for which marijuana can be used and regulates the production of the crop.

Don’t expect DEA raids on N.M. medical marijuana dispensaries

Don’t expect DEA raids on N.M. medical marijuana dispensaries

 

ALBUQUERQUE — The nation’s top cop said Friday that marijuana dispensaries participating in New Mexico’s fledgling medical marijuana program shouldn’t fear Drug Enforcement Agency raids, a staple of the Bush administration.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, speaking in Albuquerque during a meeting focused on border issues, including drug trafficking, said his department is focused “on large traffickers,” not on growers who have a state’s imprimatur to dispense marijuana for medical reasons.

“For those organizations that are doing so sanctioned by state law, and doing it in a way that is consistent with state law, and given the limited resources that we have, that will not be an emphasis for this administration,” Holder said.

Friday was not the first time that Holder has said state-sanctioned marijuana dispensaries shouldn’t worry about DEA raids that occurred under the Bush administration, especially as several states passed laws that legalizing medical marijuana.

But Holder’s statement comes at a time when New Mexico’s nascent medical marijuana program nears operation and at least one producer has indicated a concern about federal raids.

The Santa Fe Reporter ran a story this week in which it quoted a representative of the only nonprofit the state has approved to dispense marijuana — Santa Fe Institute of Natural Medicine Inc. — as saying it would likely “pull up stakes” if the Reporter published its name in this story. Margaret Schulze argued that naming the non-profit would attract the attention of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency as well as criminal elements.

Schulze could not be reached for comment by the Independent despite two phone messages and an e-mail.

Deborah Busemeyer, a state Department of Health spokesperson, would not name the Santa Fe Institute as a producer in an interview this week. But she acknowledged there was only one producer and that more than 10 other applicants were awaiting approval.

“I know we are working on scheduling site visits for them,” Busemeyer said. “That’s one of the final steps.”

Busemeyer said it was hard to say how long before another dispensary is approved for the state’s medical marijuana program. Some applicants are farther along than others.

The Department of Health began development of New Mexico’s Medical Marijuana Program in 2007 and, so far, 372 patients are authorized by the state to participate.

“We have approved 61 patients to grow their own marijuana,” Busemeyer added.

But questions remain as to when the program will produce enough cannabis to meet demand.

Busemeyer said the state approved the application of the lone producer in March. “They are estimating they could have a supply by the end of summer,” she said.

Despite the worry, there are many investors still looking to invest in Marijuana stocks.

V1

As beta works and Digg both announced on their blogs, we are taking over Digg and turning it back into a startup. What they didn’t mention is that we’re rebuilding it from scratch. In six weeks.

On August 1, after an adrenaline and caffeine-fueled six weeks, we’re rolling out a new v1. With this launch, we’re taking the first step towards (re)making Digg the best place to find, read and share the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet — and we want your help.

Huh… who is “we”?
We’re a New York-based team of 10 engineers, designers, and editors. As a startup called News.me, we have been eating, drinking and dreaming news applications for the last couple of years, designing products for email, iPad, and iPhone that help people find and read the stories shared by their friends on Twitter and Facebook.

These principles are posted in our office, which is affectionately dubbed “The War Room”:

  1. We make it easy to find, read, and share the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet.
  2. The experience must be fast and thin. Let users go, and they will come back to you. We optimize for return visits, not page views per visit.
  3. Build an experience that is native to each device: smart phone, inbox, Web page. Stories must find the user, wherever they are.
  4. Users must be able to share where they and their friends already are — on networks like Facebook, Twitter, and email.

We are a startup team with ambitious principles and we need to move quickly. The old Digg infrastructure was expensive and it afforded us little latitude to innovate and build at a fast clip. So four weeks ago, we set an aggressive goal to move to a new infrastructure by August 1. We are starting with a fresh code base — it’s modern, it’s fast and it’s shiny and new.

Why did you acquire Digg?
When it launched in 2004, Digg was way ahead of its time. It illustrated a fact that, since then, Facebook and Twitter have driven home: that readers of news no longer just read, they participate; they no longer just consume, they create; that the traditional roles of the editor can be dispersed and democratized. Digg was new and it was different, and it was like nothing that had come before.

Here’s what some smart people have had to say about Digg in recent years:

“Digg has always represented the spirit of the early Web 2.0 movement to me. Facebook has never been the emblematic company of the Web’s mid-2000 resurgence, because it has always been such an outlier from the pack. But Digg – like Delicious, Six Apart, Flickr, YouTube and others – was one of those messy, risky companies founded at a time when no one was ready to believe in the Web again.”
— Sarah Lacy, TechCrunch (now at PandoDaily)

“Digg was a pioneer that changed the media landscape not by creating anything, but instead by putting the people in charge of what was media. Like Flickr, it was a company that opened our eyes to the potential of the social web. It also reminded us that links are and will always be the atomic unit of the web…”
— Om Malik, GigaOm

We acquired Digg because we all need a product to help find, read and understand what the Internet is talking about right now.

Why do you care? Why should I care?
We care because Digg represented the messiness of the Internet at its best. It showed us that, out of the noise and the clutter, between the lolcats and the Kim Kardashian stories, a passionate but uncoordinated group of strangers could come together to create something coherent and substantial. Alone, each of these individuals had no following, but together they were able to capture a global audience with stories that the mainstream media had mistakenly deemed unimportant. Digg is worth protecting. To do that, we need your help, your input, and your support.

Why is News.me the best team to do Digg’s rebuild?
We’ve spent the last few years building news applications, and diving deep into how and why people find, read, and talk about the news. And we’ve learned a lot.

We’ve learned that we need to approach the problem with fresh eyes. The reason we started with email, iPad, and iPhone applications was precise because they constrained our design and forced us to challenge old assumptions.

We’ve learned that, at its best, content is a dynamic blend of smart algorithms, smart networks, and smart people.

We’ve learned that reading the news — from the breakfast table and the water cooler to the coffee shop — is nothing if not a social experience. The news influences how we interact with those around us; it shapes how we understand ourselves and our world.

We’ve also learned that we care about the same things that Digg has always cared about — delivering the most interesting and talked about stories on the Internet. We have a lot to learn from Digg and the community behind it, and a lot of experimenting to do, and we’re chomping at the bit to get started.

Is the new Digg going to be a reskinned News.me?
Nope. We want to take what we’ve learned at News.me — delivering a personalized experience based on what your friends are sharing — and bring it to Digg. This will take some time, and we will want your input as we bring the best of these two products together.

How will Digg make money?
We won’t. Not yet. We have little time and fewer resources to focus on anything but the user, who is our first, second and third priority. We believe we can accomplish with ten great engineers and designers what other companies do with one hundred good ones and, by keeping our costs low, take our time to find a business model that does not disrupt or detract from the user experience.

What will happen to News.me?
News.me will continue to be available, and you can expect similar personalization from Digg in the next few months, but we will ultimately roll them into one product, under the Digg brand. That said, we won’t take anything away from the News.me experience until we can replace it with something better at Digg.

What if I don’t digg the Digg you launch on August 1?
We hope that you will see the upcoming launch as the beginning, not the end. This is the beginning of a new generation for Digg — a restoration of what was brilliant and disruptive and a reinvention of what was not.

What if I have criticism or suggestions for you?
Let us know! 
We want to hear from you: What did you love about Digg? What did you not love about Digg? What did it represent to you? Why did it matter? Let us know in our very first user survey…

…but we also ask for your patience: Building applications that can scale to millions of users take a gargantuan effort, so we have to focus on only the most important features for launch. If we’re missing something on Day 1, hang in there and let us know about it. There will be a Day 10 and a Day 20 and a Day 100. Help us rebuild Digg.

 

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Teens Bring Teacup pigs to a Tea Party a tea party in Alamogordo

Teens Bring Teacup pigs to a Tea Party a tea party in Alamogordo

Teacup pigs are the renowned pets of the US and many famous people love to keep them at homes. These animals can live for 15-18 years and remain in good health only if the owner takes care of them. They have to be given proper food and physical exercises are necessary for them to ensure a long and healthy life. If you are in Vermont, it is feasible to get a teacup pig in your home even from the other states of the US. The prompt veterinary doctor can help them to lead a healthy and happy life. It is your responsibility to take care of your pet as these animals are lovable and need your affection as well.

The teacup pigs require less maintenance and it is as loyal as a dog or cat. They need to get exercising done by regular walking and playing. They will be your best buddies if you give them ample of time in the initial association. The pig should be carefully looked after and the food is the most important thing to look for them. Take your pig on daily walks or let them play in the backyard for regular exercising of the body. If the piggy gains weight, it could be bad for their health. Mini pigs like high-carbohydrate food, but you must make sure that they consume healthy and fresh fruits & vegetables in their diet. Don’t let them become obese.

Some pigs develop a habit of stealing food and it could be the worst thing for their master. These animals are omnivores and can eat all kinds of foods. They are not too picky in eating and you shouldn’t give them everything to eat. There has to be a fixed time for them to eat. Consult their vet or breeder to ask about the food diet to give them. They will need your attention even after growing up. Keeping a teacup pig in Vermont would be just like keeping a small baby in the homes. You can get toys for them to play and keep them active by turning the TV on. The house has to be made pig-proof in which the baby pig should be carefully handled.

Teacup pigs are intelligent creatures and have a huge scope to learn from their masters. They will become a part of your family and you can enjoy being with them. Some micro pigs become quite lazy and aggressive. This stage reaches only when the pigs are not properly looked after in the initial phases of their life. These pigs are very lovable and behave well with everyone. You can get your favorite one from a breeder in Vermont or any other part of the US. The breeders supply them all over the US and you can easily get them transported to your city. These pets need to be purchased from a reputed breeder. You can’t estimate their actual growth till they become 2 years old. The pig would remain tiny only if it is the right breed.

 

New Mexico Independent

Welcome to our New Mexico Independent section of Rethinkdigg.com

Issues

Civil Rights      Penny Stocks

Education         Government

Accountability/Reform

Economy/Finance   Elections/Campaigns      Environment/energy

Health Care        LGBT       Media       Pets

 

New Mexico Independent was an independent news website. Unfortunately, it had a hard time keeping in business. We still remember it as a great vehicle for young ambitious Journalist.

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