Updated 11:31 a.m. ET, Aug. 26
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A tech giant has stepped down from the helm of the underdog company he founded that ended up in greatness, and his name wasn't Steve Jobs.
Coming as it does in the wake of Jobs' announcement, though, Rob Malda's sudden resignation from his role as editor-in-chief of Slashdot isn't likely to receive anything close to the press coverage it warrants and deserves.
Slashdot, for the unacquainted, is an award-winning online tech news website that allows users to post links and short summaries to stories that originated on other websites. There is usually a robust commenting thread that follows the best posts.
If that sounds like a number of other websites these days - Reddit, Digg, Metafilter, Facebook, etc. - that's because Slashdot preceded and influenced them all. And much like those popular websites, Slashdot spawned it's own jargon and collection of memes that penetrated the popular culture, including the "In Soviet Russia..." jokes and the disgusting "Goatse" shock website.
The 35-year-old programmer explained his decision to it's millions of readers in a final post under the infamous handle CmdrTaco, writing that he had "done my best to keep Slashdot firmly grounded in its origins, but now it's time for someone else to come aboard and find the *future*."