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8:10 PM ET, January 3, 2008


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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:
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 …
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.
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).
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt
Discussion: Techdirt, Techmamas and broadstuff
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 …
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 …
Longofest / MacRumors:
Apple Creating iMac-like Docking Station
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Rough Type
MacNN:   Apple patent introduces iMac-like Docking Station
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
Brian Heater / AppScout:
Microsoft Office 2003 Abandons Support for Older File Formats
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Office 2003 SP3 blocks old file formats
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 …
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.
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Dell's 'Crystal LCD': The supermodel of monitors
Discussion: PC World and Digital Trends
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Macsimum News and TechSpot News
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 …
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