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1:10 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 …
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 …
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 and WinExtra
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.
Mathew /
Facebook: Whose data is it anyway?  —  In his post about Facebook disabling his account, uber-blogger and Facebook tart Robert Scoble admits that he was doing something that breached the site's terms of use — specifically, he was running a script that accessed the social network and “scraped” data from it.
Discussion: The Social Web
Grant Robertson / Download Squad:
Scobleized : Why Facebook will never give your data back
Discussion: Digg
Rodney Rumford / Facebook Applications Reviews …:
Facebook Bots Disable Robert Scoble
Discussion: WebProNews and
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 …
Staska / PC JOINT:
iMac at home, MacBook on the road... In one package
Discussion: Engadget
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 …
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 …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Ask Mobile Adds “Click To Speak” Directions
Discussion: WebProNews
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.
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.
Discussion: Engadget and Ubergizmo
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Macs to ship with Blu-ray support
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: iPlot and WinBeta
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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