Current TV, the Al Gore-backed TV network, is gearing up for a major relaunch of its web site that could help it break away from the nirvana of cable and recapture the Net. The official launch of the site is scheduled for Oct. 16, and Gore himself has been taking a break from the slideshow business to drum up publicity at the Emmys and on The Tonight Show, proclaiming that will “take interactivity to a new level.”

A number of beta testers have been able to play with the new site a few days early, and we couldn’t resist sneaking in. The biggest news: Current is dropping the TV. The site, which was called Current.TV in it’s old incarnation, is now simply known as Current. References to the actual TV program have been moved to a side column, leaving lots of space for social news and videos. Continue reading at

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