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8:30 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
Discussion: Ning Blog and 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
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
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 …
Discussion: Bink.nu
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft buys health search engine, Medstory
Roughly Drafted:
How FairPlay Works: Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma  —  Understanding how Apple's FairPlay DRM works helps to answer a lot of questions: why it hasn't been replaced with an open, interoperable DRM that anyone can use, why Apple isn't broadly licensing FairPlay, and why the company hasn't jumped …
Dennis Howlett / AccMan:
Wii innovation at Colgate-Palmolive  —  Thomas Otter has an excellent post about innovation going on inside the SAP customer base.  For once, it is answering the critique many levy: Stop telling us about your products, show how you're helping SAP customers innovate.
Discussion: EI:blogs and EirePreneur
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
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 …
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 …
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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Film about Apple founders released DRM-free
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Movie theaters offer video games to fight falling ticket sales
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
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).
Microsoft:
Microsoft Business Process Alliance Enables Mainstream Adoption …
Jack Malvern / Times of London:
Potter author sues eBay over pirate books
Discussion: WebProNews and Blogging Stocks
Doreen Carvajal / International Herald Tribune:
Hero of video game leaping to big screen
Discussion: Kotaku, Game | Life and Cathode Tan
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WPF Real World Apps for Windows Vista - Part 3
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Google Blogoscoped:
Creative Commons 3.0 Available
Discussion: Monkey Bites
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Want the iPhone, but need to ditch your carrier? Try Cellswapper
Ian Murdock / Ian Murdock's Weblog:
Google Calendar adds free/busy scheduling
Discussion: Googling Google
Allan Leinwand / GigaOM:
EngineYard & future of Web 2.0 infrastructure
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Universality of the web widget
Discussion: Snipperoo
Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video Leaked: iPod Firmware Coming, Enables Cover Flow
Discussion: CrunchGear and digg
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social Bookmarking 101: You gotta own your bury/sink. …
Discussion: The Blog Herald and 901am
Lewis Page / The Register:
Windows for Warships nears frontline service
Discussion: Mobility Site and Slashdot