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11:05 PM ET, January 3, 2008


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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 …
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.
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! …
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 …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Scoble and his Facebook data  —  There's a fascinating debate today going on about Scoble and his Facebook data.  Here's the story so far.  Plaxo, on behalf of Scoble, ran a screen scraper on his Facebook account to download information about at least some of his Facebook friends.
Discussion: WinExtra
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 …
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: PC World and Engadget
Tom Krazit / CNET
Intel leaves the OLPC after dispute
Discussion: Gizmodo
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: Valleywag and AppScout
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Veoh Pulls an OpenHulu
Discussion: last100, TechCrunch and Contentinople
Clint Boulton / for Directions, Do the Cha-Cha When Mobile
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
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.
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 …
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