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3:15 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.
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.
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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 …
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Microsoft probes IE 7, Vista bug reports
Business Wire:
Carl Icahn Invests $50 Million in Motricity  —  Funding Fuels Motricity's Continued Growth and Expansion  —  DURHAM, N.C.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Motricity, a leading provider of mobile content services and solutions, today announced the completion of $50 million in equity funding from Carl Icahn …
Discussion: The Browser and StartupSquad.com
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Can Icahn Help Motricity?
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'
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
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:   Is Windows getting more expensive?
Sony:
SONY'S CHARMING CYBER-SHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS BECOME THE LIFE OF THE PARTY  —  Sony is introducing a line of slim and stylish Cyber-shot T-series cameras that are destined to be the fashionista crowd's favorite party companion.  —  The 8-megapixel DSC-T100 camera is a showstopper …
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 …
Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Verizon Wireless to launch Vcast Mobile TV March 1  —  Verizon Wireless will begin offering mobile television on March 1, according to coverage maps on the carrier's Web site.  —  No further details were offered, and the maps offered the caveat that mobile TV would be available only in "select markets" on March 1.
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.
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.
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:
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
 
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Patrick Brown, the chief executive of Impossible Foods, is coming to Disrupt  —  Impossible Foods is having quite the year.  In the past seven months, the company has signed a nationwide deal with Burger King …
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Matt Slagle / Associated Press:
Match.com to announce overseas expansion
Business Wire:
Dolby Signs Agreement to Acquire BrightSide
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Sony:
SONY INTRODUCES ENERGY LINK USB PORTABLE POWER SUPPLY AND ADAPTOR
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Creating Engaging User Experiences
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Random Ramblings: Sequoia v. ComVen, PCG & Quiz Time
Ryan Kim / San Francisco Chronicle:
Electronic Arts names former exec CEO
Yu-Mei / Popgadget:
Water-resistant iPod speakers
Discussion: Gizmodo and Listening Post
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Infinite Loop:
Final version of Parallels Desktop released as free update (updated)
Discussion: MacMegasite and digg
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PR Newswire:
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Reports Preliminary Revenue …
Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The quest for the perfect online ad
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Search Engines Defeat "Must-Carry" Lawsuit—Langdon v. Google
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Battle brewing over RFID chip-hacking demo
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Tests Adsense Gadgets - YouTube Player Embedded in Adsense Ads
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Gets Zapped by International Date Line
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Three hacker teams unlock the PSP