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11:10 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  —  Ning just released version 2. of its social networking platform this morning and here we talk with Mark Andreessen (yeah, the Mark who started Netscape) and co-founder Gina Bianchini, about a whole raft of things from what this new release enables users …
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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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
How Ultimate Is This? … I was poking around Microsoft's …
Discussion: The Tech Report
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 …
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
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Sony announces cheaper Blu-ray player
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Engadget HD
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.
Discussion: The Wireless Blog
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
Paul F. Roberts / InfoWorld:
Battle brewing over RFID chip-hacking demo  —  Card maker HID calls foul over Black Hat presentation  —  Secure card maker HID Corp. is objecting to a demonstration of a hacking tool at this week's Black Hat Federal security conference in Washington, D.C. that could make it easy to clone …
Discussion: Zero Day
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
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines and AccMan
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.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Lockheed's F-22 Raptor Gets Zapped by International Date Line  —  Six Lockheed F-22 Raptors have Y2K-esque glitch of their own over the Pacific  —  Lockheed's F-22 Raptor is the most advanced fighter in the world with its stealth capabilities, advanced radar, state of the art weapons systems …
 
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Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
StarTAC III: Back on the Streets
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Roo Group To Buy P2P Distribution Firm Wurld Media
Paul Sloan / Business 2.0:
The quest for the perfect online ad
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Search Engines Defeat "Must-Carry" Lawsuit—Langdon v. Google
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Tests Adsense Gadgets - YouTube Player Embedded in Adsense Ads
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com:
Vista Doesn't Add DRM To Unprotected Content
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Abe Olandres / The Blog Herald:
What's the perfect formula for blogger payouts?
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PC Pro:
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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
Jack Malvern / Times of London:
Potter author sues eBay over pirate books
Discussion: WebProNews and Blogging Stocks
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Want the iPhone, but need to ditch your carrier? Try Cellswapper
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Can Video Help Save the Satellite Radio Business?
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Which Videos Are Protected? Lawmakers Get a Lesson