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Frederico Oliveira / TechCrunch:
Ning launches!  —  Ning, also known as the official name for 24 Hour Laundry's project, just launched.  I actually had to keep myself from posting early because I was excited about it.  Now that I got the word from them with the approval to post, here goes the unveiling.
Jeff Clavier / Software Only:
The 24 Hour Laundry has closed, and is replaced by Ning  —  Remember the story of the stealth startup that sucked ?  Well, it is now out of stealth mode, and has officially launched as Ning.  From their FAQ: … So after being offered a large number of social media applications …
Mike / Techdirt:   Build Your Own Social Apps?
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Ning, the real 24 Hour Laundry
Discussion: Infectious Greed
Gina Bianchini / Ning Blog:
Ok, I am excited.
Discussion: RatcliffeBlog
Susan Kuchinskas /
Next Up: Google Office?  —  There's a Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times.  These times must be really interesting for Steve Ballmer.  —  Microsoft's (Quote, Chart) CEO allegedly said he'd crush Google (Quote, Chart), his company's rival in search, and the lucrative ad business it engenders.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google, Sun plan partnership  —  Sun Microsystems and Google plan to announce a collaborative effort that some analysts speculate could elevate the profile of the and Java software packages.  —  Details won't emerge publicly until Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Sun CEO Scott McNealy …
Sun, Google Form Alliance  —  Updated: Speculation is rife regarding the new relationship to be unveiled between the computer and search companies.  —  Speculation is mounting ahead of Tuesday's upcoming announcement of a new relationship between Sun Microsystems and Google …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Google and Sun Microsystems Planning Major Announcement : GoogleOffice?  —  Google and Sun Microsystems Planning Major Announcement : GoogleOffice?  —  Sun Microsystems and Google are planning a major news conference on Tuesday, October 4th (today) at 10:30 a.m. PT/1:30 p.m. ET.
Discussion: Open Source and cameron reilly
USA Today:
Google, Sun Microsystems collaborate
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Newsgator buying who?  NetNewsWire?  —  Richard asked about who is on the menu for Newsgator?  He has many guesses and one of them is right: Ranchero Software, the company behind Mac-a-licious RSS reader NetNewsWire.  Sources in Silicon Valley tell me that this deal is pretty much done …
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:   NewsGator to acquire NetNewsWire?
Bambi Francisco / MarketWatch:
Free WiFi equals targeted ads  —  Commentary: Nothing is free, and what happens to ISPs?  —  Alert |  Reprint  —  (Editor's note: Bambi Francisco's Net Sense column will now appear twice a week, and she's just launched a weekly video product highlighting key interviews, called The Bambi Francisco Files.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Google faces obstacles in S.F. Wi-Fi bid
Discussion: IP Democracy
Joris Evers / CNET
HP to ship Netscape browser on new PCs  —  update In a move that harks back to the browser wars, Hewlett-Packard plans to ship Netscape's Web browser on new consumer PCs and notebooks starting early next year.  —  The agreement, announced Monday, is the first browser distribution deal …
Douglass C. Perry /
X05: Live in the Next Generation  —  IGN drills down into the next generation's multitasking interface and finds nothing but gold.  Exclusive new details.  —  October 3, 2005 - In a visit to Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington, early last week, IGN took a deep …
Discussion: Major
Simon Taylor / InfoWorld:
Chief Microsoft gamer Bach talks Xbox 360
Discussion: Kotaku
Ingrid Marson / CNET
OpenDocument could 'turn everything inside out'  —  A Sun Microsystems executive says the OpenDocument format has the potential to change the world.  —  Tim Bray, the director of Web technologies at Sun, said at the conference in Slovenia late last week that the file format developed …
Discussion: MacInTouch and iBLOGthere4iM
Steve Bass / PC World:
Search Sites Try to Give Instant Answers  —  Figuring out what keywords to use for a Web search has always been a challenge.  And once you get your results, you have to guess which link will have the answer to your question.  Wouldn't it be nice just to type in a regular question and get a direct answer?
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Lost Underground?  Check Your IPod  —  Site Offers Subway Maps for Download; Some Cities Claim Copyright Violation  —  A few months ago, New York-based Web designer William Bright came up with a simple idea: Take digital images of subway maps, slice them into pieces and make them viewable on color iPod screens.
Discussion: Smart Mobs

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