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2:10 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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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 …
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
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
What I was using to hit Facebook — unreleased Plaxo Pulse  —  OK, so I've been released from my NDA.  I was alpha testing an upcoming feature of Plaxo Pulse — this feature has not yet been released and now that my account has gotten shut down it's not clear whether it will be released.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Flubs It  —  News leaked prematurely today about a new Plaxo Pulse feature that allows users to match Facebook contacts to Pulse contacts, and then import contact data about the matches into Pulse.  —  Plaxo has been testing the feature with a number of journalists and bloggers.
Nick / Rough Type:   Scoble: freedom fighter or data thief?
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:   Facebook Right, Scoble Wrong: Social Network Interoperability …
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble
Discussion: WebProNews
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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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.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Shaw Wu's Macworld: Blu-ray, movie rentals, MacBook mini or slim
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 …
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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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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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
5min Raises $5 Mil  —  How-to video sites make a lot of sense.  Video is often a far better way to demonstrate how to do something than text or audio.  And then there's the business side; viewers seeking out video are expressing interest in a specific topic, meaning they are ripe targets for advertisers.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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:
Kremlin eyes internet control ...
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
A fair use primer for online content creators
Discussion: paidContent.org and NewTeeVee
Pearson:
Pearson acquires Money-Media; Enhances FT's services to global …
ClickZ:
ISPs Collect User Data for Behavioral Ad Targeting
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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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Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Prankster Playing Bhutto's Son on Facebook Fools News Outlets
CNET News.com:
Dual-boot Windows and Linux, step 1: Get Ubuntu
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
SEO Company CEO Arrested, Jailed: Accused of Foreclosure Scam
Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG.Philips announces 14.3-inch flexible e-paper display for CES
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale
 

 
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Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
Paying ransom for kidnapped journalists is not a crime, and calling them reckless blames the victims

Associated Press:
Journalist Peter Theo Curtis, held hostage in Syria for 22 months, arrives in US

 
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