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The Daily Dot is one of those startups with a concept that sounds intriguing, but also makes you wonder: What does that mean? The company has promised to become "the hometown newspaper of the World Wide Web," and today it finally emerges from its invite-only beta test.
So what does the Web's putative hometown paper look like? It's filled with stories about websites like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and YouTube. The thing that makes The Daily Dot different from the hordes of other tech news sites, according to CEO Nick White and founding executive editor Owen Thomas, is its aim to treat these sites like communities, not as technologies, revenue sources, or curiosities.