Ning, a popular online provider of social network platforms, recently moved to discontinue its free service and focus only on paying customers.  This has raised questions about the future of free online applications in general. Ning may offer a service that is sufficiently valuable and reputable at this point that they can survive with a paid-only model, but “free” isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  On the contrary, there are more and more free (and free versions) of online applications being offered every day. More >

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