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11:40 AM ET, March 4, 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 Tribe.net, an early social network, reports The New York Times.
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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 …
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
I'm in the NY Times today
Discussion: hubbub
Fred / A VC:
All Software Should Be Social  —  I had lunch with Marc Canter …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
FoxTorrent: Another BitTorrent Firefox Extension  —  An internal beta version of the extension is available at the RedSwoosh website (whoops! not that internal anymore).  This release is semi-functional, but it gives you an impression of what the final version will look like.
Discussion: Red Swoosh and digg
CowboyNeal / Slashdot:
Windows Vista Keygen a Hoax  —  "The author of the Windows Vista keygen that was reported yesterday has admitted that the program does not actually work.  Here is the initial announcement of the original release of the keygen, and here is the followup post in which the same author acknowledges that the program is fake.
Discussion: Download Squad, Engadget and Neowin.net
USA Today:
Quick guide to new USATODAY.com features  —  The new USATODAY.com makes it easier for you to get the latest news and contribute your voice to our coverage.  Take a look at how you can browse and engage our website in whole new ways:  —  Now it's easier to get the news you need:  —  Bigger, better
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: Real Lawyers and Furdlog
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Welcome to the new Ars Technica  —  Welcome to the new Ars Technica!  For those of you keeping count, this is our fourth major redesign (over the span of more than eight years), and if you ask us, it's our best.  Our new look pays homage to our history through the use of dark, rich tones and clear, welcoming contrasts.
Discussion: PaulStamatiou.com and digg
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.
Discussion: Download Squad and digg
BBC:
The rise of technology addiction  —  The seemingly exponential growth of portable technology has sparked fears that people are becoming addicted or swamped by gadgets and their uses.  —  One major consequence of this phenomenon is that the line between work and private life is much more blurred …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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 …
Scott E / Library House:
Search engines emerge from Google's shadow  —  What do Hawaii, Hungary, Brazil, Egypt and the Philippines all have in common?  They're each home to one of the Top 100 Alternative Search Engines to Google.  The list of the best 100 alternative search engines was put together by Read/WriteWeb …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb
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
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.
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
 
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