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3:45 PM ET, March 15, 2007

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biz.yahoo.com:
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.
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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.
Discussion: 24/7 Wall St.
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 …
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 …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cisco acquires WebEx for $2.9 billion  —  Cisco Systems, the giant networking company best known for building Internet routers, has agreed to buy WebEx, the video conference company, for a net $2.9 billion in cash.  —  This is significant because it brings Cisco into yet another Internet application market …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Cisco: The giant network squid
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco To Buy WebEx For $3.2 Billion; Going Head-To-Head With Microsoft?
Discussion: The Browser
comScore:
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
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Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Can 'Visits' Replace Pageviews?  —  In an attempt to provide advertisers with a new way to measure site traffic and engagement, comScore has added a new metric to its Media Metrix subscription reports: the visit.  A visit measures the number of distinct times people visit a site per day, with at least 30 minutes between each visit.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Salim Ismail To Head Yahoo Brickhouse  —  Yahoo Brickhouse, a new semi-autonomous business unit to foster new product development, is yet to be formally launched.  They've been busy, though.  Yahoo Pipes, which launched on February 7, is a Brickhouse project.
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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Behind Redmond's Tellme deal  —  It was only a few hours before kickoff on Super Bowl Sunday, but Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wasn't at home getting ready to watch the Bears take on the Colts.  —  Instead, the Microsoft chief executive was in his conference room inside Microsoft's building 34 …
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John Letzing / MarketWatch:   Microsoft to acquire Tellme for voice-based software
DigiTimes:
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
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.
Kevin J. Delaney / Wall Street Journal:
Spam Hits Video Sites, Misleading Web Viewers  —  Search for Xbox Brings Clips  —  Of a Queen Concert, Models,  —  And a Parade in Germany  —  Here's a sure sign online video is growing up: Spam has arrived.  —  Just the way consumers are deluged by junk email they never wanted …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and JD on EP
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hands-on with Samsung's Q1 Ultra, Ultra Mobile PC  —  After bringing you the exclusive details on Samsung's Q1 Ultra UMPC, we got the chance today to get down and dirty with Samsung's second generation UMPC here at the big CeBIT show.  Now, let us tell you something right up front: it's here, UMPC v2 is finally here.
Yanko Design:
Bracelet Phone - March 8 2007  —  The bracelet vibrates slightly when it receives messages, then you can easily take it off from your wrist and press the keystroke which looks like a diamond.  To pick up or make a telephone call is just that easy.  The whole process makes your own personality outstanding …
Discussion: Digital Inspiration
Steve Petersen / The Bivings Report:
16 Ways The News Media Can Use Blogs  —  This is not a complete list of how the news media can use blogs, but it provides several ideas for journalists who are scratching their heads about how to launch blogs that serve a purpose other than as another distribution channel for content.
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