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1:25 AM ET, March 16, 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.
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 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 …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Newbie's guide to Twitter  —  If you're not using Twitter yet, you may feel as if you've missed out.  Twitter has not only tipped the tuna (begun to peak in popularity), but by some estimations, it has already jumped the shark (devolved into inanity).  Don't let massive overuse by SXSW geeks …
Andrew Lavallee / Wall Street Journal:
Friends Swap Twitters, and Frustration  —  New Real-Time Messaging Services Overwhelm  —  Some Users With Mundane Updates From Friends  —  Though she already has a blog, a podcast and a character in the virtual world of Second Life, Kera Richard has recently become obsessed with a new online tool for connecting with friends.
Waxy.org:
Tracking Twitter's Message Growth  —  By now, everyone knows that Twitter exploded at SXSW and everybody's seen the Alexa charts.  But this is mostly a mobile app, so pageview traffic is only part of the story.  How fast is Twitter really growing?  —  I decided to find out by using Twitter's …
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 …
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Vivek / StartupSquad.com:
Streakr - search across social networks  —  [WTF: As it seems right now, Pete at Mashable got the tip from StartupSquad and quitely published a post about Streakr.  It's not that he has no right to do so, but atleast have the decency to thank the people you steal ideas from.
Discussion: Mashable!
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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
Kathy Sierra / Creating Passionate Users:
Face-to-Face Trumps Twitter, Blogs, Podcasts, Video...  SXSW Interactive had more attendees than ever before.  A lot more.  But here's the confusing part: the people attending are the same people who create and evangelize the tools that make attending totally unnecessary.
Discussion: SMC
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
The $7 TV Network  —  The architects of TCP/IP, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf, knew exactly how they'd bring television to the Internet.  They would use multicasting, a particular IP service that allows many hosts to share a multicast address and, through that address, receive the same content …
David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
First Impressions: Mailplane - the desktop Gmail client  —  The fusion of web services and desktop software is a holy grail of computing bliss that few can claim.  The web can often be clunky and limited by the constraints of a browser, while the data in your desktop software takes a swim …
Discussion: Forever Geek
 
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Plugin Directory  —  One of the greatest things about WordPress …
Modculture / Tech Digest:
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Red Hat releases Enterprise Linux 5
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Microsoft probes possible IE 7 phishing hole
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers First ExpressCard By Novatel Wireless …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Are Web Interfaces "Good Enough"?
DigiTimes:
CeBIT 2007: Intel to launch Bearlake chipsets for desktops (part 1)
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
University of Michigan [NOT] Identifying Students to RIAA, According to Email
New York Times:
The New York Times Introduces Times Reader