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4:55 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 Tribe.net, a mostly forgotten social networking site, according to people close to the companies' discussions.
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
WTF is Cisco Doing?  —  I don't get it.  The NYTimes reports in Saturday's edition on Cisco's purchase of social networking provider FiveAcross, and adds that they're buying the tattered remains of Tribe.net, the San Francisco-based social network that fell out of favor and was reported …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco's wrong bet on Social Networks  —  A few months after switch-and-router maker Cisco Systems acquired a content-management start-up, Five Across, the San Jose giant is going to acquire the assets of Tribe.net, an early social network, reports The New York Times.
Joe Duck:
Social networks = people, not technologies  —  The New York Times reports that Cisco has aquired Tribe Networks in what appears to be an effort to become a player in the social networking space.  The article quotes Marc Andreeson of NING, another social network facilitator …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tribe Gets Aquired, For Real This Time
Discussion: Guardian
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: Publishing 2.0 and IP Democracy
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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
What Starbucks Can Learn From the Movie Palace  —  WI-FI service is quickly becoming the air-conditioning of the Internet age, enticing customers into restaurants and other public spaces in the same way that cold "advertising air" deliberately blasted out the open doors of air-conditioned theaters …
Discussion: Furdlog
Janko Roettgers / NewTeeVee:
Ten Sites for Free and Legal Torrents  —  Bittorrent downloads are either illegal or DRM-infected, right?  Wrong.  There are plenty of websites out there that offer free and legal Torrent downloads to save bandwidth and make file sharers happy at the same time.
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.
eMarketer:
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 and Clickinfluence
Anne Zelenka / Web Worker Daily:
WORKSTREAMING: THE NEW FACE TIME  —  Face time: "Unproductive time spent at the office meant to project the image that you're a hardworking employee."  —  My favorite story of a face time trick is the attorney who would come to his office each Saturday, drape his jacket over his chair …
Discussion: People Over Process
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
CNNMoney.com:
Adobe in Photoshop freebie  —  Graphics software company will give away an online version of its popular image-editing software; calls move an effort to boost ad revenues and gain exposure.  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Adobe will release a free online version of its popular Photoshop image …
 
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