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Abrupt Digital Death

How will we find out which of our neighbors owns a police scanner now? Data-driven hyperlocal pioneer EveryBlock ended with a whimper and a bang last Thursday, posting a brief notice on its blog alerting visitors that newish owner NBC News had decided to heed one of Liz Lemon's signature phrases and shut it down. Hijinks and online rage ensued as neighbors who loved interacting with neighbors took to blogs, Twitter, Facebook and EveryBlock's comment section (1124 comments and counting) to shake their digital fists at the unexpected shuttering. [Atlantic Cities]