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12:30 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Global Neighbourhoods
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble
Discussion: WebProNews and
Mathew /
Facebook: Whose data is it anyway?
Discussion: The Social Web
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 …
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 …
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Next Google Search Challenger: Blekko
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.
Security Watch:   ID Theft Vulnerability Haunts Firefox
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.
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Exploding Nano-Wires Create Maybe the Coolest Picture We've Ever Seen  —  Our newest family member, the slick sci-fi culture blog io9, has been around for about a day now and is already pumping out the hits.  Just take a look at this photo of exploding nano-wires they posted.
Dual-boot Windows and Linux, step 1: Get Ubuntu  —  This is the year I kiss Windows good-bye.  Well, maybe not entirely, but the writing is on the wall for Microsoft's flagship operating system, and all other desktop bloatware: The future of PC software is open source.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple set to ship Macs with Blu-ray support - report  —  Apple Inc. at this month's Macworld Expo will will outline a high-definition video strategy that will see its weight thrown further behind Sony Corp's Blu-ray DVD format as opposed to Toshiba's HD-DVD, according to one Wall Street analyst.
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Ubergizmo
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
SEO Company CEO Arrested, Jailed: Accused of Foreclosure Scam  —  Traffic Power earned an infamous reputation as a search engine optimization firm, allegedly using “black hat” tactics that may have resulted in bans by Google, Yahoo and other search engines.  —  Now Traffic Power's CEO …
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.
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Study: Cellphone Users Drive Like Morons
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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Ask Mobile Adds “Click To Speak” Directions
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Add more power to 10.5's screen sharing
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Macworld.Ars: Pre-pre-show photos and info
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Olympus wireless LS-10 recorder great for gigging musicians …
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Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Surprise! Barack Obama, Ron Paul win MySpace ‘primaries’
Discussion: p2pnet
Richard Thurston / CNET
Office 2003 update blocks older file formats
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The problem with open source design
Discussion: open and Blogging Pro
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
5min Raises $5 Mil
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
New Inspiron 1525: Smaller, Thinner and Lighter than the 1520
Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste
Nick Carr / Guardian:
The big switch may turn off jobs
Discussion: MediaVidea
Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG.Philips announces 14.3-inch flexible e-paper display for CES
Discussion: Gizmodo