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1:45 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 …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt  —  Data portability from social networks is going to become a huge tech industry issue in the new year.  Why?  Because well known tech blogger Robert Scoble has had his Facebook account disabled after he tried …
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Facebook: Whose data is it anyway?
Discussion: The Social Web
Nick / Rough Type:   Scoble: freedom fighter or data thief?
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Facebook Right, Scoble Wrong: Social Network Interoperability …
Discussion: Slashdot
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What I was using to hit Facebook — unreleased Plaxo Pulse
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:   Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Macworld 2008 Prediction: Apple's MacBook Plus Tablet Laptop  —  In his biweekly trends column, PM's senior tech editor forecasts what he thinks Steve Jobs will show the computer world at this year's Apple developers conference: a touchscreen “MacBook Plus” to enter the growing tablet market.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Shaw Wu's Macworld: Blu-ray, movie rentals, MacBook mini or slim  —  With less than two weeks to go before Steve Jobs' Jan. 15 keynote, analyst Shaw Wu of American Technology Research offers his best guess for what Apple's (AAPL) CEO might have up his sleeve at Macworld Expo 2008.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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 …
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 …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Netflix Partners With LG to Bring Movies Straight to TV  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix, the DVD-by-mail company with more than seven million customers, has a new strategy that may one day make those red envelopes obsolete.  —  The company wants to strike deals with electronics companies …
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Wang Shanshan / CHINAdaily:
Chinese googlers searching for money  —  “Sex” was the keyword most frequently used by Internet users on Google in Egypt, India and Turkey, the search engine giant said a couple of months ago.  —  But on the Chinese mainland, it was money and technology that took the honors last year …
Discussion: Reuters and WebProNews
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Aviv Raff / Aviv Raff On .NET:
Yet another Dialog Spoofing - Firefox Basic Authentication  —  Summary  —  Mozilla Firefox allows spoofing the information presented in the basic authentication dialog box.  This can allow an attacker to conduct phishing attacks, by tricking the user to believe that the authentication dialog box is from a trusted website.
Skrentablog:
Why Search?  —  I've gone and founded a search startup... you can read it about it in this write-up in TechCrunch.  But I get asked - why do search?  —  Simple - the idea that the current state-of-the-art in search is what we'll all be using, essentially unchanged, in 5 or 10 years, is absurd to me.
PR Newswire:
Motorola's Mobile TV DH01 to Deliver Personalized TV and Multimedia Entertainment on the Go  —  Enabling service for consumers to watch their favorite live, on-demand and recorded programs, wherever and whenever they want  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) announced a significant advancement …
Royal Pingdom:
Outages caused by raccoons, thieves and random gunfire  —  A couple of months ago, one of Rackspace's data centers ran into trouble when a truck crashed into a power transformer and caused a major power outage.  In general, power outages are a frequent cause of data center trouble and other service interruptions.
Discussion: WebProNews and canada.com
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale  —  Plaxo, an early social networking site that helps people keep their address books updated, is up for auction, people briefed on the offering said Wednesday night.  The company, which has not made a profit, is seeking as much as $100 million, these people said.
CNET News.com:
Net users are becoming their own reputation managers  —  Posted by Tim Leberecht Post a comment  —  With everyone becoming a producer in the YouTube age, self-branding ("The Brand Called You") has evolved from a fancy to a necessity.  —  Andy Warhol's 15 minutes of fame have shrunk …
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Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
Microsoft charges customers for free services
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Microsoft patents Wish Lists
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Gavin Knight / Guardian:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
A fair use primer for online content creators
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Pearson acquires Money-Media; Enhances FT's services to global …
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Ask Settles Click Fraud Suit
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WiFi flu: viral router attack could hit whole cities
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Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The problem with open source design
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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Dual-boot Windows and Linux, step 1: Get Ubuntu
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
SEO Company CEO Arrested, Jailed: Accused of Foreclosure Scam
MacScoop:
Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste
Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG.Philips announces 14.3-inch flexible e-paper display for CES
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
 

 
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