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9:35 AM 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 / PodTech.net:
Social Networking with Ning, version 2.0  —  Ning just released version 2. of its social networking platform this morning and here we talk with Mark Andreessen (yeah, the Mark who started Netscape) and co-founder Gina Bianchini, about a whole raft of things from what this new release enables users …
Discussion: franticindustries
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Build your own social space with Ning, version 2
Discussion: Ning Blog and Mashable!
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 …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sony announces cheaper Blu-ray player  —  NEW YORK - Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news). said Monday it is bringing out a cheaper player for Blu-ray discs early this summer, a crucial step in its battle to make the high-definition format the replacement for DVDs.  —  The BDP-S300 will cost $599 …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Engadget HD
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sony chops price on Blu-ray player
Discussion: Neowin.net
Reuters:
Launch of Apple TV device delayed  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Computer and entertainment devices maker Apple Inc. (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile , Research) will delay until mid-March its Apple TV device for playing computer-based video on television sets, a spokeswoman said on Monday.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Apple TV — now due mid-March
Discussion: Gizmodo, MethodShop, NewTeeVee and digg
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Wireless Blog
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Which Videos Are Protected?  Lawmakers Get a Lesson  —  As the new Congress experiments with the wide world of blogging and video clips, members are learning the complexities of copyright law, much the way the casual YouTube user has learned that there are corporations out there that own …
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.
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
MySpace: Why We Block Widgets  —  MySpace PR has replied to our request for comment on the Imeem blockage that we reported over the weekend.  Julie Henderson, SVP Corporate Communications at Fox Interactive (MySpace's parent company), says: … There is still the matter of that statement …
Discussion: Futuristic Play and Snipperoo
Roughly Drafted:
How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma  —  Understanding how Apple's FairPlay DRM works helps to answer a lot of questions: why it hasn't been replaced with an open, interoperable DRM that anyone can use, why Apple isn't broadly licensing FairPlay, and why the company hasn't jumped …
Jack Malvern / Times of London:
Potter author sues eBay over pirate books  —  In fiction his enemies are evil wizards and magical beasts, but Harry Potter's latest adversary is a real corporation with a turnover of more than £2 billion.  —  J. K. Rowling, Harry's creator, is suing the online auction hosting service eBay …
Discussion: WebProNews and Blogging Stocks
Mike / Techdirt:
BitTorrent, EMI, And The MPAA All Misunderstanding DRM In The Same Day  —  from the fun-for-everyone dept  —  Earlier on Monday we had decided to ignore the stories about EMI bailing out on supposed talks to sell unprotected MP3s as well as the story about BitTorrent launching a ridiculous …
 
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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
PC Pro:
Film about Apple founders released DRM-free
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Movie theaters offer video games to fight falling ticket sales
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
Dennis Howlett / AccMan:
Wii innovation at Colgate-Palmolive
Discussion: EI:blogs and EirePreneur
BBC:
BitTorrent download portal debuts
Discussion: Profy.Com
Microsoft:
Microsoft Business Process Alliance Enables Mainstream Adoption …
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Three hacker teams unlock the PSP
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Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Hero of video game leaping to big screen
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life and Cathode Tan
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
WPF Real World Apps for Windows Vista - Part 3
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Want the iPhone, but need to ditch your carrier? Try Cellswapper
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Universality of the web widget
Discussion: Snipperoo
BBC:
Wireless users 'do more online'
Discussion: Neowin.net
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video Leaked: iPod Firmware Coming, Enables Cover Flow
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
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Yahoo!: Time for Plan B  —  Eric Jackson submits …
 

 
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