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10:40 AM 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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tribe Gets Aquired, For Real This Time  —  Last year was a turbulent one for Silicon Valley based Tribe.net.  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: A VC
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 BestBuy.com.
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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AppleInsider:
Latest Leopard build from Apple suggests much work ahead  —  A new build of Apple's Leopard operating system released to developers this week introduces a handful of fresh features, but also carries with it a significant laundry list of impending issues that will need to be ironed out before any such public release is considered.
Discussion: digg
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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.
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, Clickinfluence and Mashable!
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 …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign  —  Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources close to the company.  —  Irving, a 15-year Microsoft veteran, is in charge of the back-end Live platform — the datacenter …
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Local Search Update: Yelp up 91%, Insider Pages up 34% in Past Six Months  —  This week Insider Pages was acquired by the Citysearch division of IAC.  Hitwise data shows that the market share of US visits to Insider Pages was up 34% in the past 6 months (August 2006 vs. February 2007).
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Screenwerk
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.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple: Write down your passwords  —  Apple advises Mac users to write down their passwords, just in case they have forgotten them when they are needed.  —  On its Mac 101 Web site, Apple offers a document called "My Mac Cheat Sheet" (PDF).  The document has spaces for Mac users to not just record …
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Sun releases Java Enterprise System 5.0  —  Major update of Java ES subscription-based middleware is more modular  —  Sun Microsystems has released a new version of its Java Enterprise System (Java ES) set of subscription-based enterprise middleware with the emphasis on making the offering more modular.
 
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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
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
FCC Grants Internet Phone Access
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Use your phone to find the nearest Starbucks
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia E90 hits FCC with lots of 3G bands — destination T-Mobile?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Multicore move cuts Oracle database cost
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Fred / A VC:
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Charles / Channel 9:
Making Windows Vista Sing: Robert Fripp and the Vista Melody
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The transformation of a VC firm, Bay Partners
Discussion: PE HUB
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The "About 260" Problem: Google Site: Command Glitch
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
Why I'm not alarmed that school children use Wikipedia
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