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9:50 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Longofest / MacRumors:
Apple Creating iMac-like Docking Station
Discussion: MacNN, Infinite Loop and Rough Type
Apple filing proposes iMac-like notebook docking station
Discussion: ParisLemon and O'Grady's PowerPage
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 …
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, PC World and Engadget
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
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.
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Let's stop this now - right here  —  I'm sorry but I have to call crap on this whole idea right now.  I just spotted a message on Twitter by Jeremiah Owyang where he equates emails to being a social contract been the sender and the reader(s): … WTF is with everything we do on the Internet having to be social?
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Bits, open, Joe Duck and Peer Pressure
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