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12:50 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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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: Scobleizer
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 …
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Facebook: Whose data is it anyway?
Discussion: Rough Type and The Social Web
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble
Discussion: WebProNews and blackrimglasses.com
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 …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask Mobile Adds “Click To Speak” Directions  —  Ask's Mobile WAP site has added voice to the process of getting directions.  The voice-activated service is provided by Dial Directions.  On the mobile Ask site, beside the “Directions” link you'll find a new “Voice Entry” link.
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
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.
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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.
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.
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Security Watch:   ID Theft Vulnerability Haunts Firefox
ClickZ:
ISPs Collect User Data for Behavioral Ad Targeting  —  In a development with potentially huge implications for digital marketing and consumer privacy, numerous Internet service providers have begun using or testing technologies that track their subscribers' online activities and serve ads based on those behaviors.
Discussion: Mashable! and MarketingVOX
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.
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.
 
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Richard Lawler / Engadget:
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
WiFi flu: viral router attack could hit whole cities
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Rob Griffiths / Macworld:
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Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple set to ship Macs with Blu-ray support - report
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Macworld.Ars: Pre-pre-show photos and info
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Surprise! Barack Obama, Ron Paul win MySpace ‘primaries’
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Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
Office 2003 update blocks older file formats
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Murdoch needs 12-times the traffic to a free WSJ.com while the …
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SEO Company CEO Arrested, Jailed: Accused of Foreclosure Scam
MacScoop:
Next iPhone software update to allow copy-paste
Ryan Block / Engadget:
LG.Philips announces 14.3-inch flexible e-paper display for CES
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