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8:25 AM ET, January 12, 2008

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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:
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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.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Striking Writers to Launch Online Video Co., Seeking $30M+  —  Out of work and newly wise to the state of content being distributed online, a group of professional writers is looking to start their own production and distribution company.  Aaron Mendelsohn, writer of the Disney film Air Bud …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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: ParisLemon
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
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Hide Facebook Apps: Official Tool Coming Soon
Discussion: Download Squad and Digg
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 …
Discussion: broadstuff
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 …
Grant Robertson / Globe and Mail:
Controversial ‘iPod tax’ struck down on appeal  —  A proposed levy on digital music players that became known this summer as the “iPod tax” has been struck down after opponents argued it was unfair to Canadians.  —  The Federal Court of Appeal has ruled that the Canadian Copyright Board …
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Austin Modine / The Register:
Canucks kill second attempt at ‘iPod tax’
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Canadian Courts Strike Down ‘You Must Be A Criminal’ iPod Tax Again
Discussion: FP Posted and EXCESS COPYRIGHT
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Vista, Office 2007 Expelled From British Schools  —  A British educational report suggests the upgrade would increase costs and create software compatibility problems while providing little benefit.  —  The agency that governs educational technology in the United Kingdom has advised schools …
Discussion: Slashdot
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
GigaOM:
5 Who Won't Appreciate Google Android  —  Written by Thomas Howe, co-founder and CEO of The Thomas Howe Company, winners of the 2007 O'Reilly Emerging Communications Mashup Competition.  His blog is about voice mashups and communication-enhanced business processes.
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
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.
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 …
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?
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Saul Williams Agrees That It's Way Too Early To Be Disheartened
Discussion: The Globe and Mail and Crave
InfoWorld:
Google denies infringing search patent
Discussion: TechSpot News
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Sun Plans To Close Its Data Centers
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Search, No Longer the Main Feature of Google Desktop
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
LongJump's new Web database
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Macworld Rumor: Mac Tablet Not Coming This Year, First Macworld Spyshots Appear
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
MySpace Profile + Fake Microsoft Patch = Malware Cocktail
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
About-face: Microsoft makes new Vista SP1 test build public
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
Eric Rice / My Infocalypse:
I am the most unhappy not-yet-customer of Nokia
Podcasting News:
Dave Winer Says We're Full Of Sh**
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Operations Worth Less Than Its Assets; MSFT Buy Unlikely: Analyst
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
John Leyden / The Register:
Polish teen derails tram after hacking train network
Discussion: Boing Boing, Engadget and Slashdot
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Starbucks Ordering Screens Look Like the Real Thing, Precede Apple Patent