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8:25 PM ET, January 11, 2008

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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
On Gizmodo's douchery and blogging  —  I didn't want to weigh in on this because I know all the parties involved, I used to run Gizmodo, and I understand the impetus behind this prank.  This is a nasty hack performed by punchy, hungover kids that, as we see, got the CE world's attention.
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Portfolio.com:
Tech Blogger Banned in Las Vegas  —  A blogger for Gizmodo, a part of Gawker Media, has been banned from the Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest annual event in the tech industry, after he walked around the floor of the show turning off flat-screen monitors with a remote device.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
CEA'S TAKE ON CES GIZMODO PRANK: BANNED!  —  In reaction to “Gizmodogate,” the gadget blog's prank of shutting down flat-screen displays on the show floor and during demos at CES (see Bloggers behaving badly), the conference's organizer, the Consumer Electronics Association, sent me this statement:
Podcasting News:
Dave Winer Says We're Full Of Sh**  —  It looks like podcasting pioneer Dave Winer took issue with Mashable's rant about their inability to get advertisers interested in their podcast ideas.  —  Winer also took issue with our response.  We said that if you want to podcast professionally …
Discussion: Paul Colligan's … and Mashable!
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The debate about the worth of podcasting
Josh Quittner / Techland:
Will someone please start a Facebook group to save Scrabulous?  —  I can't tell if Hasbro (HAS), the maker of Scrabble, is the smartest company in the world or the dumbest.  Over 100 million sets of the game have been sold in 121 countries, in 29 different languages, according to everyone's favorite source.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Hasbro Tries To Shut Down Scrabulous
Discussion: Business Filter
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Macworld.Ars: First banner up at Moscone Center  —  Appleologists, train your furrowed brows on the first banners up at Macworld 2008.  As the work crews set up this morning, Moscone South has the first hint of what is to come.  —  What could be in the air in 2008?  A MacBook Pro so light it floats?
The Joy of Tech:
It's here!  Office Mac 2008!  —  Love it or hate it, you probably need it.  Microsoft's Office suite is the de facto standard, and the good news is this new version sucks much less!  The reviews are coming in, and they are good... Word, Entourage, PowerPoint, Excel... better, faster, stronger!
Discussion: Epicenter
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
End Game  —  With CES over and the San Francisco Macworld Expo set to begin on Monday, we pundits are turning our attention to Apple, the big technology business success of not only 2007, but of the entire decade.  Steve Jobs has his Macworld keynote address coming and will no doubt deliver …
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sun Plans To Close Its Data Centers  —  For a company that sells and manages servers, Sun Microsystems is in the midst of an unexpected move: getting rid of its own server farms.  —  In a blog post Thursday, Sun's (nasdaq: JAVA - news - people ) data center architect, Brian Cinque …
Discussion: The Register and GigaOM
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Operations Worth Less Than Its Assets; MSFT Buy Unlikely: Analyst  —  Last October, Sanford Bernstein analyst Jeff Lindsay authored a sum-of-the-parts analysis of Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) that proved to be fairly controversial.  The report was interpreted as a call to break up the company …
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
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Wall Street Journal:
Showdown Looms Over Pirated-Media Directory  —  Swedish Prosecutors Target Organizers of Pirate Bay, A Huge File-Sharing Guide  —  One of Hollywood's biggest foes is about to be called on the carpet.  After years of steering Web surfers to free entertainment, the organizers of a massive directory …
BBC:
Warning on stealthy Windows virus  —  Security experts are warning about a stealthy Windows virus that steals login details for online bank accounts.  —  In the last month, the malicious program has racked up about 5,000 victims - most of whom are in Europe.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Business Week:
Steve Jobs' Video Dreams  —  His magic has not extended to visual entertainment.  Hollywood and cable companies aim to keep it that way  —  At last year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, most of the 140,000 attendees were buzzing about the future of the cell phone—and how Apple Inc. …
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Can Apple save WiMax?  —  Our sources tell us that Apple may include WiMax, the high-speed, long-range wireless broadband technology, in an ultraportable 13" notebook computer, and possibly across the entire MacBook Pro line.  Just part of the rumor mill flying in preparation …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Digg
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
When Will Advertising Recession Hit?  This Quarter  —  Most major Wall Street firms are now predicting a recession (or saying we're in one).  Financial services firms, retailers, cable companies, and phone companies are hurting.  Credit card companies are suddenly seeing a slowdown …
 
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Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
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