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1:40 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 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 …
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Is Windows getting more expensive?
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Microsoft probes IE 7, Vista bug reports
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."
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News.com:   Integrated voice coming to 'Second Life'
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Why Can't Programmers.. Program?  —  I was incredulous when I read this observation from Reginald Braithwaite: … The author he's referring to is Imran, who is evidently turning away lots of programmers who can't write a simple program: … Dan Kegel had a similar experience hiring entry-level programmers:
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Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Electronic Arts names former exec CEO  —  Game publisher makes a change at the top as it faces challenges of newest console  —  Electronic Arts reached into its past Monday when it tapped John Riccitiello, a key architect and former top official of the world's largest video game publisher, to become its next chief executive.
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: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Final version of Parallels Desktop released as free update (updated)  —  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 …
Discussion: MacMegasite and digg
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Gizmo 3.0, Voice for all IMs  —  JUST RELEASED: How do you make Gizmo Project better?  Add free calling to other IM clients to the service.  And that's exactly what SIPphone, the company behind Gizmo Project, has done with the just-out-of-oven Gizmo Project 3.0 soft client.
Jason Busch / SpendMatters:
Vista, Office and Outlook 2007 are a Nightmare  —  Hey, category managers in charge of IT spend.  Want to make yourself a friend of the business for life?  I've got a secret for you: don't rubberstamp your CIO's decision to upgrade to Vista or Office 2007.  In fact, tack on a big "reject" to the request or the requisition.
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 …
 
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Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
Water-resistant iPod speakers
Discussion: Gizmodo and Listening Post
David Haskin / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Hey, Apple: Remember the Newton before releasing iPhone
Pete Mortensen / Cult of Mac:
Apple TV Delayed
Discussion: MethodShop and digg
Stace / Unwired View:
Motorola StarTac III MS900 Phone. Back to the Future
Discussion: CrunchGear, Engadget and Gizmodo
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Corel releases beta of WordPerfect Lightning
Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The quest for the perfect online ad
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Search Engines Defeat "Must-Carry" Lawsuit—Langdon v. Google
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Tests Adsense Gadgets - YouTube Player Embedded in Adsense Ads
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Vista Doesn't Add DRM To Unprotected Content
Discussion: Bink.nu and digg
Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
What's the perfect formula for blogger payouts?
Discussion: 901am and Ensight
Mike / Techdirt:
BitTorrent, EMI, And The MPAA All Misunderstanding DRM In The Same Day
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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
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MySpace: Why We Block Widgets
 

 
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