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10:20 PM ET, January 3, 2008


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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook lets me back in...  I just received this email.  —  I answer Mike Arrington and several others in a video that now is up at sp; —  UPDATE: In the video I cover a whole bunch of topics and take questions from the live audience that was there when filmed.
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:
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 …
Paul Buchheit:
Should Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail block Facebook?  —  Apparently Facebook will ban you (or at least Robert Scoble) if you attempt to extract your friend's email addresses from the service.  —  Automated access is a difficult issue for any web service, so I won't argue with their decision — it's their service and they own you.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Scoble and his Facebook data
Discussion: WinExtra
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 …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Intel pulls out of One Laptop Per Child group  —  Here's another turn in a soap opera.  I'm sure that kids in developing countries are not going to benefit from this internecine squabble.  —  Intel has decided to pull out of the One Laptop Per Child nonprofit organization after a dispute with its chairman, Nicholas Negroponte.
Discussion: CNET, Engadget and PC World
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:   Intel Backs Out of Laptop Program
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 and Valleywag
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Veoh Pulls an OpenHulu
Discussion: last100, TechCrunch and Contentinople
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008  —  Introduction  —  The subject of Microsoft Office for Mac has the potential to be a touchy one with Apple fans.  There is a contingent of Mac users for whom Microsoft is the enemy, and any alternative to their products is the right choice.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and MacDailyNews
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.
Dell Crystal LCD Monitor, Launched
Discussion: and DailyTech
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Antitrust Lawsuit Charges Apple With Monopolizing Online Music  —  The complaint takes issue with Apple's refusal to support the Windows Media Audio format.  —  An antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple on Dec. 31 charges the company with maintaining an illegal monopoly on the digital music market.
THOMSON INTEGRATES THE POWER OF GOOGLE LOCAL SEARCH INTO NEW LINE OF DEVICES  —  Incorporates One Touch GOOG-411™ Auto-Dial on Key 2008 GE DECT 6.0™ Phones  —  Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), have partnered to help consumers save money …
NeoSmart Technologies:
Exclusive: Microsoft to Push Silverlight via Redesigned Homepage  —  Several months ago, Microsoft inserted themselves into the RIA framework business - years too late and against pretty scary odds - with the initial release of the Silverlight framework.  Microsoft Silverlight is the online counterpart …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
First Looks: Belkin RockStar  —  Explained as a new way for teenagers to share and mix music with friends, Belkin's RockStar ($20) is a star-shaped audio hub that lets people connect their iPods (or other MP3 players) and headphones.  Multiple playback devices can be connected to the hub …
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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gOS 2.0 “Rocket” set to debut at CES
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Ansley Berrones / Yanko Design:
Look No Further, Freedom Phone is here
Discussion: Tech Blog
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft charges customers for free services
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Apple set to ship Macs with Blu-ray support - report
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Mozilla / Firefox IPO
Discussion: Bits, open, Joe Duck and Peer Pressure