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8:10 PM ET, March 3, 2007


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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, an early social network, reports The New York Times.
Discussion: hubbub and Digital Markets
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
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
I'm in the NY Times today  —  Marc Andressen spent some money on a launch and did the rounds - touting the relaunch of Ning.  When I tried it - it was clear it's not done yet - but yah can't blame them for that.  —  To be clear - Ning does some of what we do - which are hosted social networks.
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, the San Francisco-based social network that fell out of favor and was reported …
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
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
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 …
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
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
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
California Home to Quarter of Top 100 Alt Search Engines  —  The Library House blog has done a geographic analysis of Charles Knight's Top 100 Alternative Search Engines list.  After a bit of Web research, Library House was able to find out where 94 of the 100 search engines in our list are located.
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.
David Goetzl / MediaPost Publications:
Shock Waves: Microsoft To Move Bulk Of $1 Billion In U.S. Ad Spending To Digital  —  LAS VEGAS — NOT SURPRISINGLY for a tech behemoth, a top Microsoft executive said Thursday that in three years, the bulk of its nearly $1 billion in U.S. ad spending will be in the digital sphere.
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
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.
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