Fans of Crikey and its founder Stephen Mayne will be interested to know that he's one of the founders of new website Kwoff, along with Dan Walsh and Greg Barns. I had a chat with Dan today and he said their plan is to do for Australian news what Digg does for tech news - with a view to being a central aggregator for political, business and current affairs news. He's been on the road talking to both mainstream publishers and more niche players like Lifehacker and New Matilda with a view to drawing a wide range of online news fans to Kwoff. Like other aggregators, you can browse the site freely, or register to be able to submit or vote on stories. Their guide to Qwoffing is here or there's a cute animated walkthrough here. It was nice to see a Lifehacker story on their "Top Today' list, but admittedly the number of tech stories which have been "qwoffed" so far is low. It's early days for Kwoff and aggregators are only as good as the people submitting and voting on stories, so consider yourself encouraged to check it out, and let's submit some tech stories. :) Hit the jump to see a nice visual snapshot of the kinds of stories which Kwoff readers have been interested in so far (gotta love tag clouds!)
Kwoff - an Australian social news aggregator
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I read an email the other day that contained this bummer of a statement. "Cigarettes are the only legal consumer product that, when used as intended, will kill half of all long-term users." It's not news, but it's true.
After moving up from Adelaide, one thing was immediately clear to me. Sydney drivers spend a lot of money registering their vehicles. To better support those injured on the roads and to reduce Green Slip costs for vehicle owners, the NSW Government reformed the CTP Green Slip scheme and implemented a new scheme that started on December 1, 2017. 4.2 million vehicle owners are eligible for a refund. Here's how to claim your refund.