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3:00 PM ET, January 3, 2008


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook disabled my account  —  If you are trying to contact me on Facebook, please don't.  My account has been “disabled” for breaking Facebook's Terms of Use.  I was running a script that got them to keep me from accessing my account.  I'm appealing.  I'll tell you what I was doing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Flubs It  —  News leaked prematurely today about a new Plaxo Pulse feature that allows users to match Facebook contacts to Pulse contacts, and then import contact data about the matches into Pulse.  —  Plaxo has been testing the feature with a number of journalists and bloggers.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What I was using to hit Facebook — unreleased Plaxo Pulse  —  OK, so I've been released from my NDA.  I was alpha testing an upcoming feature of Plaxo Pulse — this feature has not yet been released and now that my account has gotten shut down it's not clear whether it will be released.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Free the Scoble 5,000!!  —  It is easy to make light of the constant swirl of twittery online activity that surrounds well-known blogger Robert Scoble.  —  But Facebook's disabling of his account yesterday-because he was apparently using a script to access and pull data from his own profile …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt  —  Data portability from social networks is going to become a huge tech industry issue in the new year.  Why?  Because well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he tried …
Discussion: Techmamas and broadstuff
Nick / Rough Type:
Scoble: freedom fighter or data thief?  —  The great revolutionary activist of our day, Robert Scoble (or “Che Scoble,” as Mike Butcher says), is battling for the ideal of data freedom with the evil forces of Facebook.  At issue, writes Kara Swisher, in a post titled “Free the Scoble 5,000! …
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook Right, Scoble Wrong: Social Network Interoperability and the O'Reilly Social Graph FOO Camp  —  I've read a number of stories this week that highlight that interoperability between social networking sites will be a “top ask” in 2008 (as we say at Microsoft).
Staska / PC JOINT:
iMac at home, MacBook on the road... In one package
Discussion: Engadget
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Macworld 2008 Prediction: Apple's MacBook Plus Tablet Laptop  —  In his biweekly trends column, PM's senior tech editor forecasts what he thinks Steve Jobs will show the computer world at this year's Apple developers conference: a touchscreen “MacBook Plus” to enter the growing tablet market.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple set to ship Macs with Blu-ray support - report  —  Apple Inc. at this month's Macworld Expo will will outline a high-definition video strategy that will see its weight thrown further behind Sony Corp's Blu-ray DVD format as opposed to Toshiba's HD-DVD, according to one Wall Street analyst.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Shaw Wu's Macworld: Blu-ray, movie rentals, MacBook mini or slim
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft charges customers for free services  —  Thousands of customers are paying almost $120 USD per year to Microsoft for an Internet subscription service that includes e-mail, security, and other features.  —  But Microsoft gives away almost identical services absolutely free in Windows Live …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Site: Microsoft charging for equivalents of free services
Ina Fried / CNET
Is MSN Premium a rip-off?
Discussion: LiveSide and Digital Trends
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Mozilla / Firefox IPO  —  How much is the entity that manages the Microsoft IE-killing browser Firefox worth, and when will it go public?  Answers: 1) A lot, and 2) Probably this year or next.  —  Background:  —  In the past few years, Mozilla's open-source Firefox browser has done …
Wang Shanshan / CHINAdaily:
Chinese googlers searching for money  —  “Sex” was the keyword most frequently used by Internet users on Google in Egypt, India and Turkey, the search engine giant said a couple of months ago.  —  But on the Chinese mainland, it was money and technology that took the honors last year …
Discussion: Reuters and WebProNews
Mark Sweney / PDA:
Murdoch needs 12-times the traffic to a free while the …
LG Electronics and Netflix Announce Plan to Stream Movies From the Internet to the TV  —  LOS GATOS, Calif. and ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, and LG Electronics, a global consumer electronics leader …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Netflix Partners With LG to Bring Movies Straight to TV
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Surprise!  Barack Obama, Ron Paul win MySpace ‘primaries’  —  Iowa what?  —  Amid the frenzied press coverage over Thursday's too-close-to-call caucuses in the Hawkeye State, 153,226 users have already cast their (unofficial) votes.  —  In a set of “virtual primaries” …
Discussion: Computerworld and p2pnet
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Yet another Dialog Spoofing - Firefox Basic Authentication  —  Summary  —  Mozilla Firefox allows spoofing the information presented in the basic authentication dialog box.  This can allow an attacker to conduct phishing attacks, by tricking the user to believe that the authentication dialog box is from a trusted website.
Richard Thurston / CNET
Office 2003 update blocks older file formats  —  The latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2003 has made a range of older files inaccessible, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, it emerged this week.  —  Office 2003 Service Pack 3 …
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John Leyden / The Register:
UK gov sets rules for hacker tool ban
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Microsoft patents Wish Lists
Discussion: Techdirt
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Net users are becoming their own reputation managers
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ISPs Collect User Data for Behavioral Ad Targeting
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
WiFi flu: viral router attack could hit whole cities
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Macworld.Ars: Pre-pre-show photos and info
Anya Chambers / Motorola:
Motorola's Mobile TV DH01 to Deliver Personalized TV and Multimedia …
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Exploding Nano-Wires Create Maybe the Coolest Picture We've Ever Seen
Discussion: io9
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The problem with open source design
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