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11:45 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 / 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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Joris Evers / CNET News.com:   Microsoft probes IE 7, Vista bug reports
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Ultimate Is This? … I was poking around Microsoft's …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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.
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.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: broadbandreports.com
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Tests Adsense Gadgets - YouTube Player Embedded in Adsense Ads  —  Just spotted (here) a new kind of interactive Google Adsense Unit that shows text as well as YouTube Videos embedded inside a Flash Widget.  [The ad is for Google GMail]  —  Though I did not click the ad …
Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The quest for the perfect online ad  —  Web advertisers are moving beyond search, using powerful science to figure out what you want - sometimes before you even know.  —  (Business 2.0 Magazine) — On the Internet today, everybody knows you're a dog.  In fact, legions of Internet companies …
Discussion: Conversion Rater
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Search Engines Defeat "Must-Carry" Lawsuit—Langdon v. Google  —  Langdon v. Google, Inc., 2007 WL 530156 (D. Del. Feb. 20, 2007).  My write-up on Langdon's complaint from last summer.  —  Langdon is a griper.  He sought to buy ads on the major search engines to advance his gripes …
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
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
 
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Sony:
NEW SONY MICRO-DISPLAY HDTVs NOW IN SVELTE, STYLISH CABINETS
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget HD and CrunchGear
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
StarTAC III: Back on the Streets
Discussion: Unwired View and Gizmodo
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Roo Group To Buy P2P Distribution Firm Wurld Media
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Battle brewing over RFID chip-hacking demo
Discussion: Zero Day
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
MediaShift:
Your Take Roundup YOUR TAKE ROUNDUP Community Is Key to Participation …
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Gets Zapped by International Date Line
 Earlier Items: 
PC Pro:
Film about Apple founders released DRM-free
Dennis Howlett / AccMan:
Wii innovation at Colgate-Palmolive
Discussion: EI:blogs and EirePreneur
BBC:
BitTorrent download portal debuts
Discussion: Profy.Com
Roughly Drafted:
How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Three hacker teams unlock the PSP
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Sony chops price on Blu-ray player
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Which Videos Are Protected? Lawmakers Get a Lesson