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7:05 PM ET, March 15, 2007


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Cisco Announces Agreement to Acquire WebEx  —  Acquisition Furthers Cisco's Vision for Enabling Collaboration in the SMB Market  —  SAN JOSE, CA and SANTA CLARA, CA—(MARKET WIRE)—Mar 15, 2007 — Cisco (NasdaqGS:CSCO - News) and WebEx today announced a definitive agreement for Cisco to acquire WebEx.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Cisco Buys WebEx for $3.2 Billion  —  News is just breaking that Cisco has agreed to aquire WebEx for $3.2 billion in cash.  In 2006, WebEx generated nearly $50 million in profit on $380 million in revenue.  They have $300 million or so in cash on hand, so the net deal value is $2.9 billion.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Cisco bought WebEx for $3.2 billion?  —  Cisco Systems announced this morning that it is buying web conferencing company, WebEx for $3.2 billion - another sign of the router maker's ongoing software makeover.  For the price of two YouTubes, Cisco just bought a company that had sales of $380 million …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco serves up $3.2 billion to buy WebEx  —  update Cisco Systems plans to spend $3.2 billion to buy online conferencing company WebEx, the companies said Thursday.  —  The WebEx software and hosted service, which allows for on-demand collaboration between businesses …
Cisco PR / News@Cisco Notes:
Cisco Chief Development Officer Giancarlo on WebEx Acquisition  —  Charlie Giancarlo is Cisco's Chief Development Officer and President, Linksys.  His full bio here.  (.pdf document)  —  Today, we announced Cisco's agreement to acquire WebEx Communications, Inc. We feel strongly …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Cisco acquires WebEx for $2.9 billion
Joe / Techdirt:   Cisco Returning To Its Roots With Aggressive Acquisition Strategy
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Google exec confirms phone in the labs  —  So it seems that the oft-rumored handset from Google has taken that final leap into the "confirmed" column, though it may not be quite the be-all, end-all device we were expecting.  Isabel Aguilera, Google's chief executive in Spain and Portugal …
GPhone Kinda, Sorta Confirmed by Google Spain, But Not Really
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St., Crave and Phone Scoop
comScore Announces New "Visits" Metric For Measuring User Engagement comScore Media Metrix Releases February Top 50 Web Rankings and Analysis Valentine's Day-Driven Increases Seen at Flowers, Gifts and Greetings Sites;  —  Entertainment News Sites Benefit from Oscars Interest
Ryan Block / Engadget:
PS3 Folding@Home launches this month  —  We caught a sneak peak of this last year, but Sony and Stanford have officially announced their Folding@Home client for the PS3.  (As you may or may not know, Folding@Home is a distributed computing project run by Stanford, which uses spare computer cycles …
Discussion: TechSpot
Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Folding@home saves the world (via PlayStation 3) March 23rd
Discussion: The Tech Report and digg
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Are Web Interfaces "Good Enough"?  —  µTorrent, my favorite BitTorrent client, now offers a web UI.  See if you can spot the differences between the Web UI and the Windows UI:  —  After spending about a year interacting with µTorrent exclusively through Remote Desktop …
CeBIT 2007: Intel to launch Bearlake chipsets for desktops (part 1)  —  Intel and its partners will kick of CeBIT 2007 with the launch of Intel's Bearlake family of chipsets for desktop PCs.  The new series introduces support for DDR3 memory, front side bus speeds up to 1333MHz and are designed …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Macsimum News
Joris Evers / CNET
Microsoft probes possible IE 7 phishing hole  —  Microsoft is investigating a possible vulnerability in Internet Explorer 7 that could help cybercrooks launch phishing scams, the company said Wednesday.  —  An attacker can use an error message displayed by the latest Microsoft browser …
Matbalez / web1979:
RIP Twitter (2007-2007)  —  I make no bones about my disdain for Twitter.  I've commented far and wide about the inanity and potential danger of the tool, and even discussed some of the associated social repercussions on this blog.  But I'd like to now go one step further, and predict its imminent supernova-like implosion.
Ben Fritz / Variety:
'300' critics cling to consoles  —  Video game comparisons create discussion  —  Reviews for "300" were across the board, but those who disliked it shared a derision that reveals at least as much about today's film critics as it does their thoughts on the movie.
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