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2:30 PM ET, March 3, 2007


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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Social Networking's Next Phase  —  Next week Cisco Systems, a Silicon Valley heavyweight, plans to announce one of its most unusual deals: it is buying the technology assets of, a mostly forgotten social networking site, according to people close to the companies' discussions.
Fred / A VC:
All Software Should Be Social  —  I had lunch with Marc Canter yesterday and told him that one of the most important thoughts that I came across last year was his assertion that "all software must be social".  I can't find the specific post where he said that or I'd link to it.
Discussion: Rex Hammock's weblog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tribe Gets Aquired, For Real This Time  —  Last year was a turbulent one for Silicon Valley based  Founding CEO Mark Pincus was ousted, in April and then returned in August.  While Pincus was gone rumors swirled that the company had been acquired by NBC, but the deal was never consummated.
Discussion: Guardian
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Hit By U.S. DOT Ban On Windows Vista, Explorer 7, and Office 2007  —  Tens of thousands of federal workers are prohibited from upgrading to the latest versions, according to memos seen by InformationWeek.  —  Citing concerns over cost and compatibility, the top technology official …
Discussion: Slashdot
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2  —  Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.
Sara Kehaulani Goo / Washington Post:
YouTube Struggles Despite Dominance  —  Some Big Media Firms Take Videos Elsewhere  —  In the few months since Google paid $1.65 billion to acquire YouTube, both companies have tried to come up with a formula to turn the hugely popular online video site into a moneymaking venture.
Discussion: IP Democracy
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Mac install base estimated at 22 million pre-Leopard  —  Apple Inc.'s install base of Mac OS X users will be approximately 22 million strong come the end of March, ahead of the company's next-generation Leopard operating system release, according to analysts at Bank of America Securities.
Latest Leopard build from Apple suggests much work ahead
Discussion: digg
Hartford Courant:
Best Buy Confirms It Has Secret Website  —  Under pressure from state investigators, Best Buy is now confirming my reporting that its stores have a secret intranet site that has been used to block some consumers from getting cheaper prices advertised on
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
New at RockYou: MySpace Countdowns, Corkboards, Musical Slide Shows  —  Other startups may betting on one great widget for success, but market leaders RockYou and Slide are diversifying rapidly.  Today, for instance, RockYou notified users of the launch of three new features …
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Disneyland intros roving animatronic Muppets; Mickey and friends fear pink slips  —  The happiest place on Earth (Disneyland, not Las Vegas during CES) just got a little happier this week, thanks to a new exhibit called the Muppet Mobile Laboratory that roams the park and delights visitors with inane banter and sprays of water.
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
Facebook Extends Lead As Fave Young Adult Site  —  Where did college students spend winter break?  —  If they're like the rest of 17-to-25-year-olds surveyed by Youth Trends, they likely spent part of that time on Facebook.  —  The social networking site topped the list of favorite sites …
Discussion: Ypulse, Clickinfluence and Mashable!
Anne Broache / CNET
Microsoft wins in second Alcatel-Lucent patent suit  —  update A week after Microsoft was ordered to hand over $1.5 billion in an Alcatel-Lucent MP3 patent dispute, a federal judge has ruled that the Windows maker did not violate a patent at the heart of a second trial that was set to begin soon.
The simple stink of Pay Per Post  —  Whatever our differences with Jason Calacanis, we're foursquare on his side when it comes to the ickiness of Pay Per Post.  PPP's Ted Murphy has been on a tear vs. Calacanis lately as part of a continuing campaign to prove the worthiness of PPP as a business.
Discussion: Traffick
Kevin Lee / ClickZ:
Search Engine Wish Lists, Part 2  —  › › › Paid Search Strategies  —  Last week's search engine wish list ended with some video-related wishes.  This week, I'll finish up the video wishes, then continue with both my wish list and wishes expressed by readers.
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Andrew Shebanow / Shebanation:
Why Adobe is NOT the Next Microsoft
Scott Knaster / Official Google Mac Blog:
Camino talk now on Google Video
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW How To: Use your iTunes library over AirPort Disk
Discussion: digg
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Sun releases Java Enterprise System 5.0
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Use your phone to find the nearest Starbucks
 Earlier Items: 
Joris Evers / CNET
Apple: Write down your passwords
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia E90 hits FCC with lots of 3G bands — destination T-Mobile?
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Multicore move cuts Oracle database cost
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign