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1:55 AM ET, January 12, 2008

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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.
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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:
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.
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
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 …
AOL Beta Central:
AIM® 6.8 Beta  —  Our first AIM 6.8 Beta build is now available for download!  —  Welcome AIM Beta testers.  The next version of AIM is ready for your feedback, AIM 6.8.  This version includes our new Real-Time IM feature.  Please note: To test this feature, you will need to IM …
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!
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Danny Mendez / Download Squad:   AIM 6.8 Beta includes real-time IM: Freudian slips not just a vocal problem
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?
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
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: Mashable! and Paul Colligan's …
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Arn / MacRumors Macworld San Francisco Blog:
“MacBook Air” Whispers...  I've heard various whispers about the new thin MacBook.  Here are a few additional tidbits and confirmations about what might be coming from Apple on Tuesday.  — A slim notebook, but not a “sub notebook"  — 13.3" screen  — Not a “Pro” machine
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Under pressure from EMI, RIAA could disappear  —  Is the RIAA as we know it about to disappear?  As rumors continue to swirl that EMI will pull its funding from music trade groups like the RIAA and IFPI, an IFPI spokesman tells Ars that the group is in the middle of a major internal review of its operations.
Discussion: TechSpot News, Mashable! and Digg
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 …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
iGoogle for iPhone  —  Google created a version of iGoogle optimized for iPhone, that displays all the gadgets and feeds from tab in a single column.  To switch to another tab, choose a name from the drop-down displayed at the bottom of the page.  —  The iPhone interface has a public URL …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canadian Courts Strike Down ‘You Must Be A Criminal’ iPod Tax Again  —  from the haven't-we-been-through-this- before?  dept  —  A few years back, we noted that a Canadian court had ruled that the “private copying levy” (better known as “you must be a criminal tax") for blank media such as CDs and DVDs could not be extended to iPods.
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Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:
Controversial ‘iPod tax’ struck down on appeal
Discussion: Michael Geist Blog
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Screw Winning The Lottery - Just Make a Facebook App and Get Your Millions Now!  —  How many times have we heard, “all it takes is a dollar and a dream"?  This phrase seems to always follow a commercial for the lottery.  Of course the odds are that there's no chance in hell of you winning …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Big Think, the “Intellectual YouTube” backed by ex-Harvard Prez Lawrence Summer, Launches with Style and Starpower  —  Launched earlier this week, Big Think is a site with short video clips of leading thinkers in business and society.  —  The New York based start-up, founded …
 
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