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11:35 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  —  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: WebProNews and blackrimglasses.com
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
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Facebook: Whose data is it anyway?
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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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 …
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
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.
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
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
Mark Sweney / PDA:
Murdoch needs 12-times the traffic to a free WSJ.com while the Weather Channel is up for sale at $5bn  —  Murdoch needs 12-fold increase in traffic to WSJ.com to offset dropping subs  —  Turning WSJ.com into a free site would require a 12-fold increase in traffic growth to offset the lost revenue …
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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.
Security Watch:
ID Theft Vulnerability Haunts Firefox  —  Unpatched Google Toolbar Flaw Presents ID Theft Risk ] The technical details: … Raff posted a video (.wmv file) to demonstrate an attack scenario but declined to publish proof-of-concept code.  He did provide me with a private demo of the issue …
Discussion: Zero Day
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
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.
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
Office 2003 update blocks older file formats  —  The latest service pack for Microsoft Office 2003 has made a range of older files inaccessible, including Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations, it emerged this week.  —  Office 2003 Service Pack 3 …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
 
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Brian Rohan / Reuters:
France warns against excessive mobile phone use
Discussion: The Register and IntoMobile
Canadian Press:
China limits Internet video to state-controlled companies
Discussion: 901am and Mashable!
Bill Ray / The Register:
Mobile phone users should drive faster says prof
Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
Exploding Nano-Wires Create Maybe the Coolest Picture We've Ever Seen
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
The problem with open source design
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InfoWorld:
Hitachi unveils first laptop 500GB drive
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Asus unveils terabyte laptop (InfoWorld)
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Nizza / NYT:
The Lede Blog: Prankster Plays Bhutto's Son Online
Discussion: Times of London and RADAR
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
Damien Katz:
New Gig  —  Great news!  —  I've accepted a permanent, full-time job with IBM.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and Ajaxian
Mark Ward / BBC:
Cyber thieves target social sites
Discussion: heise Security
Nick Carr / Guardian:
The big switch may turn off jobs
Discussion: MediaVidea
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale
The Boy Genius Report:
Jay-Z launching record label with Apple
 

 
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