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7:45 AM ET, January 4, 2008

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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.
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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.  —  UPDATE: In the video I cover a whole bunch of topics and take questions from the live audience that was there when filmed.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo Flubs It  —  News leaked prematurely today …
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 …
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: Open (finds, minds … and Kotaku
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Scott Hillis / Reuters:
Microsoft touts Xbox sales but laments online woes  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) sold 4.3 million Xbox 360 video game consoles in the last three months of 2007, helped by hit titles such as “Halo 3” and “Mass Effect,” according to company data released on Thursday.
Discussion: WinBeta
Alex Petraglia / Primotech:
Recent Xbox Live Issues May Be Result of Attack
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, Kotaku and TechSpot News
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox Live outage, day 13: still up and down, still preventing fun from being had
Discussion: Hacking NetFlix
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.
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John Markoff / New York Times:
Intel Leaves Group Backing Education PCs  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Intel said Thursday that it had chosen to withdraw from the One Laptop Per Child educational computer organization, which it joined in July after years of public squabbling between Intel's chairman, Craig R. Barrett, and the group's founder, Nicholas P. Negroponte.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Steve Stecklow / Wall Street Journal:
Intel Backs Out of Laptop Program
Discussion: Between the Lines and Channel 9
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: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Echostar's Sling To Offer SlingPlayer For Blackberry
Discussion: Voices and Engadget
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Takes Heat for Office 2003 SP3 File Format Blocking  —  CorelDraw .CDR files are one of the formats that have been blocked.  —  Microsoft is facing criticism from a competitor and some customers for its decision to block some older file formats with Office 2003 Service Pack 3, which it released last September.
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Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Mac's market share growth is “nothing short of spectacular,” suggests analyst  —  Apple has been on a tear of late, but it's not just a story of iPods.  Indeed, web analyst Net Applications now puts the Mac's market share at 8%, up from 5.3% in early 2007.  That is stunning growth by any measure …
Mary Kathleen Flynn / Behind The Money Blog:
Leah Culver, 25, writes the code that powers Pownce  —  Technorati  —  Facebook  —  Digg  —  How does a 25-year-old computer science major from the University of Minnesota wind up as a co-founder of one of Silicon Valley's most closely watched startups?
Discussion: CenterNetworks
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Parent of Dating Sites Looks for a Match  —  Wanted: Single dot-com Yenta seeks ambitious Mr. Big with deep pockets for a long-term relationship.  —  The parent company of the popular Jewish online dating site JDate has put itself up for sale, people close to the auction said Thursday …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
FortiGuard Center:
Facebook Widget Installing Spyware  —  Fortinet Global Security Research Team discovered a malicious Facebook Widget (officially, a “Platform Application") actively spreading on the social networking site which ultimately prompts users to install the infamous “Zango” adware/spyware.
 
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John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
InfoSpace cutting staff, top execs leaving
Travis Hudson / DVICE:
Traveler 350 revives the oldie, but goodie, the trackball
Discussion: Crave and Gizmodo
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
EU: one license, DRM scheme to rule them all
Staska / PC JOINT:
Is Art Lebedev working for Apple? ;)
Business Wire:
gOS 2.0 “Rocket,” the Second Major Release of the Friendly Linux OS …
NPR:
Rip This, and Sue That?
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
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Amanda Natividad / paidContent.org:
China Plans To Restrict Online Videos; Effect on Private Companies Still Unclear
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Napster Raising Prices. Is it Going Out of Business?
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Callpod Phoenix: conference calling the Bluetooth headset way
Discussion: SlashGear and Gizmodo
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
Flipping the Linux switch: 5 tips every new Linux user should know
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
CES: We're At The “Greatest” Tech Show On Earth
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Veoh adds Hulu content, has no official relationship with Hulu
Jeremy Horwitz / iLounge:
First Looks: Belkin RockStar
Jonathan M. Gitlin / Ars Technica:
First Look: Microsoft Office for Mac 2008