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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.
Om Malik / Om Malik's Broadband Blog:
Ning, the real 24 Hour Laundry  —  The much talked about 24 Hour Laundry has come out from under the covers as Ning.  This is Marc Andressen's latest and has some seriously smart people working for the company.  What they have done is developed a meta app, a framework that allows folks …
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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?
Gina Bianchini / Ning Blog:
Ok, I am excited.
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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 …
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.
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Google faces obstacles in S.F. Wi-Fi bid  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Google is the celebrity runner in San Francisco's race to become the first U.S. city with affordable or free wireless access to the Internet—but any such deal faces likely lawsuits or legislation, Mayor Gavin Newsom said Monday.
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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.
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 …
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?
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 …
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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 …

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