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12:50 PM ET, February 27, 2007

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ning In Full  —  I have to hand it to Ning - it took them well over a year after their initial beta launch to fulfill their initial promise of allowing "anyone" to create social applications, but they've done it.  Ning relaunches tonight with new functionality and an interface that allows …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ning: let '000 Social Nets Bloom  —  Ning, thanks to the pedigree of its co-founder, Marc Andreessen, has been under close scrutiny by the Silicon Valley cognoscenti.  The Palo Alto-based start-up has played its cards close to its chest, a move that has left many scratching their heads and wondering what is Ning.
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Build your own social space with Ning, version 2  —  Here Ning co-founder Gina Bianchini, shows off the new Ning social media creation platform.  We get an in-depth demo of how Ning (version 2 just released today) enables you to build your own social network.
Robert Scoble / PodTech.net:
Social Networking with Ning, version 2.0
Discussion: Valleywag and The Blog Herald
Chris Pirillo:
Windows Vista: I'm Breaking up with You  —  No, seriously.  When I know I have time, I'm "upgrading" from Windows Vista to Windows XP.  —  I stand by my original assertion that the shipping version of this OS is late beta, at best.  I realize that other enthusiasts are leaving Windows altogether …
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Ultimate Is This? … I was poking around Microsoft's support lifecycle page for another blog post and observed some oddities, one being that Windows Ultimate support ends on April 10, 2012.  Windows Vista Business and Enterprise both receive Extended Support, which means five more years—or April 11, 2017.
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Microsoft probes IE 7, Vista bug reports
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Kazaa's Creators Do Latest Venture by the Book  —  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis made names for themselves as renegade Internet entrepreneurs by taking conventional tasks like talking on the phone or listening to music and giving consumers an unconventional — and free — way to do it.
Discussion: CenterNetworks and HipMojo.com
BBC:
Burgers paid for by mobile phone  —  Visitors to fast food outlets in Japan will soon be able to pay for their burgers with their mobile phones.  —  Japanese mobile phone operator NTT DoCoMo is teaming up with McDonalds to offer electronic payments and special promotions for mobile users.
useit.com:
Life-Long Computer Skills … I recently saw a textbook used to teach computers in the third grade.  One of the chapters ("The Big Calculator") featured detailed instructions on how to format tables of numbers in Excel.  All very good, except that the new Excel version features …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Gets Zapped by International Date Line  —  Six Lockheed F-22 Raptors have Y2K-esque glitch of their own over the Pacific  —  Lockheed's F-22 Raptor is the most advanced fighter in the world with its stealth capabilities, advanced radar, state of the art weapons systems …
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
CLIPMARKS: TINY NIBBLES OF WEB CONTENT  —  Clipmarks, a Web bookmarking service, launches its 2.0 version today.  Previously, the service made it possible to snip paragraphs and pictures from Web pages and save them.  Today, the service launches its new, supergranular version …
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Final version of Parallels Desktop released as free update  —  Is it a sad commentary on our zeitgeist that the actual release of a piece of software, rather than a new beta, feels slightly disappointing?  We're so used to running beta software these days (yes, I'm looking at you, Google!) …
Discussion: MacMegasite and digg
PR Newswire:
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Preliminary Revenue for Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal 2007  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (Nasdaq: MRVL - News), a leader in storage, communications, and consumer silicon solutions …
Sony:
NEW SONY MICRO-DISPLAY HDTVs NOW IN SVELTE, STYLISH CABINETS  —  New 3LCD Models Add 1080p Resolution, BRAVIA Internet Video Link Compatibility  —  Sony today unveiled its new line of newly-named BRAVIA™ 3LCD micro-display models, featuring cabinets that are about 22 percent slimmer …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
StarTAC III: Back on the Streets  —  Remember StarTAC?  You might not, it's been a good decade since the popular Moto hit the scene back in the days of analog phone service, but at the time, it was a big deal.  It was the first "clamshell" cellphone to hit the US market, as well as the first to feature a …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Stace / Unwired View:
Motorola StarTac III MS900 Phone. Back to the Future
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
Virtual Designers Busy in Online Worlds … LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Toyota Motor Corp. wanted to promote its new Scions to young buyers, it turned to one of the growing number of digital design companies doing business in the popular online universe "Second Life."
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Battle brewing over RFID chip-hacking demo  —  Card maker HID calls foul over Black Hat presentation  —  Secure card maker HID Corp. is objecting to a demonstration of a hacking tool at this week's Black Hat Federal security conference in Washington, D.C. that could make it easy to clone …
Discussion: Zero Day and Slashdot
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Tests Adsense Gadgets - YouTube Player Embedded in Adsense Ads  —  Just spotted (here) a new kind of interactive Google Adsense Unit that shows text as well as YouTube Videos embedded inside a Flash Widget.  [The ad is for Google GMail]  —  Though I did not click the ad …
 
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Why Can't Programmers.. Program?
Jason Busch / SpendMatters:
Vista, Office and Outlook 2007 are a Nightmare
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Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The quest for the perfect online ad
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Search Engines Defeat "Must-Carry" Lawsuit—Langdon v. Google
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Vista Doesn't Add DRM To Unprotected Content
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Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
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 Earlier Items: 
PC Pro:
Film about Apple founders released DRM-free
Mike / Techdirt:
BitTorrent, EMI, And The MPAA All Misunderstanding DRM In The Same Day
BBC:
BitTorrent download portal debuts
Discussion: Profy.Com
Roughly Drafted:
How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma
Jack Malvern / Times of London:
Potter author sues eBay over pirate books
Discussion: WebProNews and Blogging Stocks
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Three hacker teams unlock the PSP
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace: Why We Block Widgets
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?
 

 
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