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6:45 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.
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 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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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).
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
Discussion: Techmamas and broadstuff
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back
Discussion: SEO BlackHat
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  —  A patent application submitted in 2006 and published for the first time today has revealed that Apple is working on a docking station for portable computers, the exterior of which closely resembles Apple's iMac line of desktop computers.
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Rough Type
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
CES: We're At The “Greatest” Tech Show On Earth  —  It's just hours till the start of what promises to be the biggest Consumer Electronics Show in recent memory.  Sure, Silicon Valley is known the world over as the world's high tech capitol, but beginning Sunday night, with Bill Gates' keynote …
Discussion: A Feed Is Born and Gearlog
Ina Fried / CNET
‘NBC Nightly News’ to broadcast from CES
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
GE's latest DECT 6.0 phones feature dedicated GOOG-411 button
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Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Aerielle Introduces i2i Stream for Broadcasting High-Quality …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
gOS 2.0 “Rocket” set to debut at CES
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Motorola Delivers Enhanced Viewing Experiences and More HD Content …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Phishing For Facebook  —  I'm not sure what the bad guys …
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Look No Further, Freedom Phone is here
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Corsair announces 32GB Flash Voyager / Flash Survivor drives
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification for January 2008
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Dell Crystal LCD Monitor
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Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008
Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Yet another Dialog Spoofing - Firefox Basic Authentication
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Apple set to ship Macs with Blu-ray support - report
Anya Chambers / Motorola:
Motorola's Mobile TV DH01 to Deliver Personalized TV and Multimedia …

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