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9:00 AM 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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Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble  —  Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble's Facebook Account.  Apparently Robert broke facebooks terms of service.  He was being totally cool about how it happened.  I am sworn to secrecy by Robert about exactly what he was doing.
Discussion: Technobabble 2.0
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:   Updated: Facebook blocks Scoble for downloading his contacts, sparks revolt
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Next Google Search Challenger: Blekko  —  Rich Skrenta, who created the first computer virus (Elk Cloner), co-founded the Open Directory Project, and co-founded online news site Topix, may have bitten off the biggest challenge of his career - taking on Google.  In search.  —  Skrenta left Topix last June.
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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.
Discussion: WebProNews
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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BBC:   Netflix enters internet TV race
MacScoop:
Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste  —  Apple will release an iPhone software update during MacWorld Expo 2008, well informed sources confirmed MacScoop.  But it appears that the unpolished iPhone sofware version recently leaked on the Internet doesn't include all the features of the final release.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:   It's Back: iPhone 1.1.3 Copy Paste Rumor
Arn / MacRumors:   iPhone 1.1.3 to Include Copy/Paste?
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's For Sale  —  Plaxo, the Sequoia-backed start that transformed itself from a hated spam monster into a mild mannered and interesting business social network, has started a sale process according to a source.  They've hired an investment bank, Revolution Partners, who are spearheading the sale effort.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale
Discussion: Valleywag
Damien Katz:
New Gig  —  Great news!  —  I've accepted a permanent, full-time job with IBM.  My primary duties are (drumroll....) CouchDB!  So all the stuff I've been doing up until now for free I'll be doing full time and be getting paid for it!  Yee Haw!  —  All the code will be Apache licensed …
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Ajaxian
Nick Carr / Guardian:
The big switch may turn off jobs  —  Computing is now a resource like electricity - but where the arrival of grid power expanded the middle classes, the internet is making fewer people richer, says Nick Carr  —  A hundred years ago, a new network - the electric grid - allowed people to abandon …
Discussion: MediaVidea
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Facebook Ads Make You the Star — And You May Not Know It  —  Have you used Facebook to give a shout-out to businesses you like?  Best make sure your profile picture catches your best side, because you might be an unwitting star in those businesses' next Facebook ad campaigns.
Discussion: Consumer Passion
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Free WSJ.com Would Need 12x Traffic To Offset Loss; DJ Buy To Shave A Penny From NWS: Analyst  —  Turning WSJ.com into a free site would require a 12x increase in traffic growth to offset the lost revenue, according to a new report from Bear Stearns analyst Spencer Wang.
Mark Ward / BBC:
Cyber thieves target social sites  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  Social sites are already being targeted by hi-tech thieves  —  It is not just the average net user who is a fan of social network sites, so are hi-tech criminals.  —  So say security professionals predicting …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG.Philips announces 14.3-inch flexible e-paper display for CES  —  Try to contain yourself when we rattle off the following list of specs for LG.Philips's latest A4 sheet of flexible e-paper: 14.3-inches, 1280 x 800 pixels, 16.7m colors, 300 micrometers thick, full 180° viewing angle.
Discussion: Gizmodo
The Boy Genius Report:
Jay-Z launching record label with Apple  —  This one's been floating around like a hot air balloon, but we've just about confirmed it.  For those that don't know, Jay-Z left Def Jam as President last month, and everyone's been talking about where he's heading.
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Docking Patent Works Perfectly with Ultra-Slim MacBook
Discussion: technabob
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
How to survive CES  —  The Consumer Electronics Show starts next week …
Torgo χ:
Everything old  —  So, to commemorate the passing of Netscape …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
SEO Company CEO Arrested, Jailed: Accused of Foreclosure Scam
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Washington Post sticks by RIAA story despite evidence it goofed
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia snaps up Apertio for €140m
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robert Birming / GeekAlerts:
Star Trek Air Horn
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP intros Pavilion tx2000 tablet, revamps monolithic HDX
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Chain Said to Seek Bids for Weather Channel
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
HP bows updated MediaSmart TVs
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Lenovo lets loose three IdeaPads
Discussion: Gizmodo, DailyTech and Engadget
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Coming soon: A notebook with a terabyte
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
A reverse engineer finds Kindle's hidden features
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sears: Come see the softer side of spyware
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