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Restaurant Reviews with Maps is now a little easier for those outside the U.S.

In Restaurant Reviews with Maps, U.S. locations are automatically added to a map when you provide the address. That’s possible thanks to the geocoder.us database. Unfortunately, as some of you outside the U.S. have found, a similar database is not readily available for the rest of the world.

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Co-Op Marketing for Your Anytown Marketplace

If you have a great idea for a version of Anytown Marketplace for your city or group and want to get the word out, let me know. Once you’ve created it, we’ll be more than happy to run a small Google AdWords advertising program for a few weeks on your behalf.

Just drop me a note at ceo at ning dot com.

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Calendar and Event App

Chippy has put together a fantastic Calendar and Event App. The name is also great: Eventual (at eventual.ning.com). If you need a simple calendar and event listings app for your group, I definitely recommend taking a look. (Thanks, Chippy!).

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New! Anytown Marketplace – Craigslist for Cities without Craig

Let me say upfront that we love Craigslist. It is a fantastic service and, living in such major metropolitan areas as San Francisco and New York, we are huge fans.

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Confession of the Week

From Confess: I’m like Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, minus everything he had going for him.

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Fix on the way for non-ASCII form content

Thanks to lupus63, we tracked down a lurking bug that messed up non-ASCII characters in form fields inside forms containing file-upload fields. Those of you that have cloned Anytown Listings and want to have item descriptions in Français, Русски, or another language using non-ASCII characters might have noticed this already. The fix will be deployed in our downtime tonight (actually tomorrow morning). Expect a post from Alexei in a bit on the exact timing.

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Fabulous Hair

May Woo has created Fabulous Hair – Bay Area Hair Rants & Reviews. Yes, it is a reviews app for Hair Salons in the San Francisco Bay Area (with Maps). However, there is a new map feature May threw in which is worth a quick look.

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New on the Ning Pivot

In the past few days, we’ve added some potentially better ways for discovering Apps, Users, and Tags , and Content Types on the Ning Pivot.

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Now in Full Color: Restaurant Reviews and Restaurant Reviews with Maps!

Jonathan Aquino has updated both the Restaurant Reviews and the Restaurant Reviews with Maps Example Apps so when you clone these apps, you can choose from an assortment of different header colors with a click of a button!

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International Support for Apps on the Ning Playground.

Bonjour, guten tag, and g’day mate!

My name is Yoz Grahame and I’m one of the Developer Advocates here at Ning. Given that I’m in the U.K. and recently returned from a trip to Israel, I was voted “Most Qualified (At This Particular Moment) To Talk About International App Support” by the rest of my Ning teammates.

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DVD Tracker

Churwitz has created DVD Tracker, a new app rapidly moving up the charts of popularity on the Ning Playground. It’s Bookshelf for DVDs. Now you can review DVDs you’ve seen or flag those movies next in line for your viewing pleasure.

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Improved Uploaded File Handling

Good news for folks who want to write apps that handle uploaded images, videos, sounds, and other exciting non-textual stuff: we’ve enhanced what you can do with uploaded files such as images and video clips.

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