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5:10 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 …
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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.
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).
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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
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Plaxo gives Facebook a litmus test
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back
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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 and p2pnet
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Site: Microsoft charging for equivalents of free services
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Is MSN Premium a rip-off?
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Docking Patent Works Perfectly with Ultra-Slim MacBook  —  This Apple docking station patent shows a screen base in which you can slide in a MacBook through its side.  While this would be difficult to do with current MacBook models, it fits perfectly with the idea of the ultra-light …
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Longofest / MacRumors:
Apple Creating iMac-like Docking Station
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Heart-to-Heart with GigaOM Readers  —  Happy New Year.  As you may have noticed, my byline hasn't been up on the site for a few days.  That's because the holidays weren't exactly my most jolly.  —  I had a heart attack on Dec. 28.  I was able to walk into the hospital for treatment …
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Dell Crystal LCD Monitor  —  This is Dell's new fancy monitor, the “Dell Crystal LCD."  I applaud Dell's willingness to put this one to market.  Its design certainly makes a statement.  —  Here's why you shouldn't buy it: It's only a 22-inch monitor with a 1,680 by 1,050 resolution.
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell's 'Crystal LCD': The supermodel of monitors
Discussion: PC World and Digital Trends
Robert McMillan / InfoWorld:
Microsoft prepares two Windows security updates  —  San Francisco - Microsoft plans to issue two security updates for its Windows operating system products next Tuesday as part of its regular software patch cycle.  —  The updates were pre-announced Thursday morning on Microsoft's Web site …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple developing dynamic OLED-based keyboard  —  Apple Inc. in a new patent filing proposes to solve the ages-old problem of having to manufacture distinct keyboards to support the various alphabets and key arrangements of foreign countries by developing an OLED-based model where key arrangements are altered on the fly by software.
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Arn / MacRumors:
Optimus-like OLED Apple Keyboard?
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
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 …
Motorola:
Motorola Announces CPEi 100 WiMAX Desktop Device  —  New “plug and play” customer premises equipment on display at Consumer Electronics Show  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced the latest addition to its portfolio of WiMAX customer premises equipment (CPE) - the CPEi 100.
Reuters:
Cell phone users tie up traffic, US study shows  —  The drivers used a hands-free phone during half their trips and no phone in the other half.  They were told to obey posted speed limits and use turn signals but the rest of the driving decisions were up to them.
Discussion: DailyTech
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.
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Veoh adds Hulu content, has no official relationship with Hulu  —  Online video sharing site/portal Veoh has added full length television episodes to its lineup.  Selected Fox and NBC shows including Family Guy, 24, and Heroes are available.  But Veoh hasn't made any deals with Fox or NBC.
Discussion: AppScout, NewTeeVee and TechCrunch
 
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