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9:55 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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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 …
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble
Discussion: Technobabble 2.0
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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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 and Insider Chatter
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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.
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
Discussion: MacRumors
Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
New Inspiron 1525: Smaller, Thinner and Lighter than the 1520  —  Today, customers in the United States can order our new Inspiron 1525 notebook.  More regions will be able to soon.  —  Starting at 5.9 pounds, the 1525 is about 25% smaller and thinner than the Inspiron 1520 and about a half pound lighter.
Discussion: Engadget
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Speaking of design, Dell updates its 15.4-inch Inspiron notebooks  —  Dell said Thursday that it is updating its Inspiron 1525 15.4 inch notebooks with smaller versions and new colors.  —  Dell noted in its blog that its Inspiron 1525 is 25 percent smaller than the previous version …
Discussion: Electronista
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.
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 …
InfoWorld:
Asus unveils terabyte laptop (InfoWorld)  — Asus unveils terabyte laptop  —  San Francisco - Asus will unveil a laptop that should satisfy the storage needs of all but the biggest of power users: the M70S comes with 1TB of storage space.  — GPS gadget Spot can save your hide, for a price
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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: PC World and Gizmodo
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: WebProNews and Valleywag
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 …
CNET News.com:
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.
Mike Nizza / NYT:
Prankster Plays Bhutto's Son Online  —  UPDATED  —  When Benazir Bhutto's replacement as party chairman turned out to be her relatively unknown son, reports turned up little beyond his age (19) and occupation (student at Oxford University).  In other words, enough facts to warrant a sprint to Facebook …
Discussion: Times of London and RADAR
 
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Torgo χ:
Everything old  —  So, to commemorate the passing of Netscape …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Washington Post sticks by RIAA story despite evidence it goofed
Damien Katz:
New Gig  —  Great news!  —  I've accepted a permanent, full-time job with IBM.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Ajaxian
Bill Ray / The Register:
Nokia snaps up Apertio for €140m
Discussion: TechCrunch
Robert Birming / GeekAlerts:
Star Trek Air Horn
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Mark Ward / BBC:
Cyber thieves target social sites
Nick Carr / Guardian:
The big switch may turn off jobs
Discussion: MediaVidea
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Chain Said to Seek Bids for Weather Channel
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Lenovo lets loose three IdeaPads
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
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Facebook Ads Make You the Star — And You May Not Know It
Discussion: Consumer Passion
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Free WSJ.com Would Need 12x Traffic To Offset Loss; DJ Buy To Shave …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sears: Come see the softer side of spyware
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Jay-Z launching record label with Apple
 

 
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