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12:20 AM ET, January 4, 2008

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Om Malik / GigaOM:
A Heart-to-Heart with GigaOM Readers  —  Happy New Year.  As you may have noticed, my byline hasn't been up on the site for a few days.  That's because the holidays weren't exactly my most jolly.  —  I had a heart attack on Dec. 28.  I was able to walk into the hospital for treatment …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook lets me back in...  I just received this email.  —  I answer Mike Arrington and several others in a video that now is up at http://www.mogulus.com/robertscoble.&nb sp; —  UPDATE: In the video I cover a whole bunch of topics and take questions from the live audience that was there when filmed.
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Paul Buchheit:
Should Gmail, Yahoo, and Hotmail block Facebook?  —  Apparently Facebook will ban you (or at least Robert Scoble) if you attempt to extract your friend's email addresses from the service.  —  Automated access is a difficult issue for any web service, so I won't argue with their decision — it's their service and they own you.
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?  —  The great revolutionary activist of our day, Robert Scoble (or “Che Scoble,” as Mike Butcher says), is battling for the ideal of data freedom with the evil forces of Facebook.  At issue, writes Kara Swisher, in a post titled “Free the Scoble 5,000! …
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.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:   The Coming War Over Data On The Web
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008  —  Introduction  —  The subject of Microsoft Office for Mac has the potential to be a touchy one with Apple fans.  There is a contingent of Mac users for whom Microsoft is the enemy, and any alternative to their products is the right choice.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch and MacDailyNews
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Brian Heater / AppScout:
Microsoft Office 2003 Abandons Support for Older File Formats  —  So much for rolling out new features.  Microsoft isn't exactly going around advertising it, but if you've downloaded Service Pack 3 for your copy of Office 2003, you might have noticed that the latest release actually features decreased compatibility with old file types.
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Office 2003 SP3 blocks old file formats
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Intel pulls out of One Laptop Per Child group  —  Here's another turn in a soap opera.  I'm sure that kids in developing countries are not going to benefit from this internecine squabble.  —  Intel has decided to pull out of the One Laptop Per Child nonprofit organization after a dispute with its chairman, Nicholas Negroponte.
Discussion: Ars Technica, PC World and Engadget
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Intel leaves the OLPC after dispute
Discussion: Gizmodo
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:   Intel Backs Out of Laptop Program
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Veoh Pulls an OpenHulu  —  Online video aggregator Veoh now features content from Hulu, though there is no official partnership between the two.  Veoh is basically pulling an OpenHulu — taking the embeds of shows like 30 Rock and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia straight from Hulu and plunking them down onto its own site.
Discussion: last100, TechCrunch and Contentinople
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Veoh adds Hulu content, has no official relationship with Hulu
Discussion: Valleywag and AppScout
Scott Hillis / Reuters:
“Major Nelson” emerges as face of Xbox  —  REDMOND, Washington (Reuters) - Dressed in jeans and a T-shirt and sporting unkempt graying hair, Larry Hryb looks like just another guy in Microsoft's corporate headquarters.  —  But Xbox 360 players know Hryb by his alter ego, “Major Nelson,” …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Kotaku
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox Live outage, day 13: still up and down, still preventing fun from being had
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Antitrust Lawsuit Charges Apple With Monopolizing Online Music  —  The complaint takes issue with Apple's refusal to support the Windows Media Audio format.  —  An antitrust lawsuit filed against Apple on Dec. 31 charges the company with maintaining an illegal monopoly on the digital music market.
Jay Westerdal / DomainTools Blog:
Moniker purchased by Oversee.net  —  Submit to Digg.com!  —  January 3rd, 2008 by Jay Westerdal  —  Oversee.net announced today that they have acquired Moniker but the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, however it was believed to be around $65 Million dollar transaction.
Discussion: alarm:clock and TechCrunch
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Seevast Sells Domain Management Unit Moniker To Oversee.net …
Discussion: PR Newswire and Clickety Clack
emailrepository.com:
THOMSON INTEGRATES THE POWER OF GOOGLE LOCAL SEARCH INTO NEW LINE OF DEVICES  —  Incorporates One Touch GOOG-411™ Auto-Dial on Key 2008 GE DECT 6.0™ Phones  —  Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG), have partnered to help consumers save money …
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
First Looks: Belkin RockStar  —  Explained as a new way for teenagers to share and mix music with friends, Belkin's RockStar ($20) is a star-shaped audio hub that lets people connect their iPods (or other MP3 players) and headphones.  Multiple playback devices can be connected to the hub …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadgets: Sling Media unveils new Slingbox PRO-HD for moving HD video around the home  —  Sling Media, the local outfit recently acquired by Echostar, is benefiting from our urge to watch videos anytime, anywhere, and to sling it around the house so we can watch it in whatever room, except maybe the bathroom.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iSteamy Converts iPhone in Handheld Porn Powerhouse (Extremely NSFW)  —  Here's our Extremely Not Safe For Work video review of iSteamy, a software program designed to easily browse porn on your iPhone, complete with category-based picture, video and audio navigation and a “steamy room” …
Discussion: Insanely Great Mac
 
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Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
12 predictions for Enterprise Web 2.0 in 2008
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE SUPER-SECRET NETFLIX SET-TOP BOX ARE REVEALED
LinuxWorld.com:
Open source infiltrates government IT worldwide
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Let's stop this now - right here
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Napster Raising Prices. Is it Going Out of Business?
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Hitachi Maxell Introduces New Bluetooth Products That Feature SRS …
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Facebook Widget Installing Spyware
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Corsair releases its first 32GB USB flash drives
Darren Murph / Engadget:
gOS 2.0 “Rocket” set to debut at CES
Discussion: Business Wire
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Westinghouse Digital Wireless HDMI HDTV to debut at CES
Discussion: Electronista
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Joby introduces Zivio Bluetooth headset with boom mic
Discussion: Mobility Site and Electronista
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Dell Crystal LCD Monitor
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Exclusive: Microsoft to Push Silverlight via Redesigned Homepage
Scott Dunn / Windows Secrets Newsletter:
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Mozilla / Firefox IPO