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5:45 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
Discussion: PodTech.net
Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Build your own social space with Ning, version 2
Discussion: Mashable!
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  —  Sony has announced its plans to slash the price of high definition, according the Associated Press.  At a New York press conference, Sony talked up its forthcoming BDP-S300 Blu-ray player.  The big selling point?  Its $599 price.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft to Buy Health Information Search Engine  —  Microsoft's drive into the health care market is just getting under way, but the company signaled on Monday that one important ingredient in its plan will be a specialized search engine tailored to deliver useful medical information to consumers.
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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, NewTeeVee and digg
BBC:
Wireless users 'do more online'  —  People who use wireless internet "show deeper engagement with cyberspace," according to an American study.  —  While 54% of internet users check e-mail "on the typical day," 72% of wireless users check daily.  —  Just under half of wireless users …
Discussion: Neowin.net
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
People with WiFi spend more time online
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 …
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 …
biz.yahoo.com:
Yahoo!: Time for Plan B  —  Eric Jackson submits: What's a long-term path for success for Yahoo! (NasdaqGS: YHOO)?  Long after Panama has been rolled out, the company needs a strategic shift in direction and some important structural changes in its leadership and governance to put …
Lewis Page / The Register:
Windows for Warships nears frontline service  —  Analysis Everyone knows the differences between Windows and other operating systems.  Steve Jobs has recently spent colossal sums telling us that most malware is written for Windows; also that using Windows is no fun and, even worse, seems to involve wearing a tie.
Discussion: Mobility Site and Slashdot
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 …
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
Paul Rubens / BBC:
Three hacker teams unlock the PSP  —  Computer hackers have scored a victory in their battle against Sony and the way the company controls its PlayStation Portable (PSP) handheld games console.  —  Sony sells its PSP with built-in software, known as firmware, which controls how the console operates.
Discussion: Kotaku, Joystiq and Computerworld Blogs
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?  —  If the plan to merge XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio is approved, one result may be less music and less talk radio beamed into cars around the country.  —  The reasons for that, however, will have nothing to do with regulators.
 
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BBC:
BitTorrent download portal debuts
Discussion: Profy.Com
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
HUMOR BECOMES THEM  —  Become.com is a shopping search engine (previous coverage here).
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How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma
Microsoft:
Microsoft Business Process Alliance Enables Mainstream Adoption …
Jack Malvern / Times of London:
Potter author sues eBay over pirate books
Discussion: Blogging Stocks
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
 Earlier Items: 
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
EngineYard & future of Web 2.0 infrastructure
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Universality of the web widget
Phil Harton / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Better badware notifications for webmasters
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video Leaked: iPod Firmware Coming, Enables Cover Flow
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Daniel Jalkut / Red Sweater Blog:
MarsEdit 1.1.3  —  When the news went out last Thursday …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social Bookmarking 101: You gotta own your bury/sink. …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and 901am
Cho Jin-seo / KoreaTimes:
Samsung Sisters Vie for LCD Record
Martyn Williams / InfoWorld:
Apple, Samsung, Sandisk sued over MP3