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11:55 AM ET, March 15, 2007

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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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Salim / You've Got Ismail!:
I join Yahoo....  Well, after a long hiatus from blogging, I have news.  I have officially joined Yahoo!.  We've been in talks for a while and it all came together recently.  —  Mike has the story over here.  —  At Yahoo, I'll be running the Brickhouse, the program spearheaded and created …
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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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Cisco acquires WebEx for $2.9 billion
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Cisco Buys WebEx for $3.2 Billion
Karen / Official Google Blog:
Taking steps to further improve our privacy practices  —  Posted by Peter Fleischer, Privacy Counsel-Europe, and Nicole Wong, Deputy General Counsel  —  When you search on Google, we collect information about your search, such as the query itself, IP addresses and cookie details.
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Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Google Anonymizing Search Records To Protect Privacy
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google adding search privacy protections
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Ryan Singel / 27B Stroke 6:
Google To Anonymize Data — Updated
Discussion: Techdirt
Bill Kee / Google Talkabout:
Google Talk Gadget  —  We're thrilled to be launching a new way to use Google Talk today.  The Google Talk Gadget is a web-based module that you can add to your Google Personalized Homepage, letting you see your friends and chat with them — all on your homepage.
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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
GoogleTalk Gadget Added to Personal Pages
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Lifehacker
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 …
Wired News:
Wired Meets Assignment Zero  —  "We are the media."  —  The phrase is seemingly everywhere these days, debated in business offices by the media elite and emblazoned on T-shirts at popular events like the South by Southwest culture klatch.  —  Starting today, Wired is putting that claim — that challenge — to the test.
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Kotaku:
Clip: Hands On With Space Invaders Alarm Clock  —  Rumour: Wii Friend Codes Unique To Each Game?  —  Blog Nintendo Revolution are claiming the scoop on today's saddest news: … If this is true, it's a tragedy.  I have trouble remembering my apartment number.
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.
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.
TiVo:
TIVO LAUNCHES REMOTE SCHEDULING WITH VERIZON WIRELESS  —  Verizon Wireless and TiVo Allow Subscribers to Schedule TV Recordings through Verizon Wireless Phones  —  Alviso , Calif. and Basking Ridge , N.J. — TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders …
Kate Kaye / ClickZ:
IAB Lays out Lead Quality Ranking System  —  Spending on online lead generation rose from $347 million to $592 million between the first half of 2005 and the same period in 2006, but that doesn't mean it was all effective.  Indeed, the organization that reported those numbers …
David Pogue / New York Times:
One Number That Will Ring All Your Phones  —  If you have only one telephone with one phone number, this column won't be of any interest to you.  Skip to another article, you eccentric you.  —  But first, count your blessings.  Millions of people have more than one phone number these days …
New York Times:
The New York Times Introduces Times Reader  —  New Digital Version of The Times Offers Readers Greater Flexibility and Mobility; Home-Delivery Subscribers to Receive Times Reader at No Additional Cost.  —  The New York Times announced today that, beginning March 27, The Times will release Times Reader as a subscription product.
Pavel Alpeyev / Bloomberg:
Sony's PlayStation Portable Japan Shipments Trail DS (Update1)  —  Sony Corp., the world's biggest maker of game consoles, shipped 5 million PlayStation Portable machines in Japan by the end of January, lagging behind Nintendo Co.'s DS handheld devices by about three to one.
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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Dave Demerjian / Wired News:
Rise of the Netflix Hackers
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Geek to Live: Monitor your Mac and more with GeekTool
Discussion: The Apple Blog and digg
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
E-Ten's Glofiish X800: everything but the QWERTY
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts
Gamasutra:
SXSW: Wright Predicts Future Through Games
Shaila Dewan / New York Times:
Google Is Reviving Hopes for Ex-Furniture Makers
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Eric Dash / New York Times:
Wal-Mart Is Said to Have Big Banking Plans
Business Wire:
Skype Goes Beyond Voice and Introduces SkypeFind and Beta Version of Skype Prime
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
Freetards at MIT destroying perfectly good iPods
Discussion: CrunchGear
Reuters:
Time Warner's AOL withdraws TradeDoubler bid
Discussion: PaidContent and 901am
NewsGator:
NewsGator Continues Mobile Expansion with RSS Reader for BlackBerry …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and GigaOM
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Red Hat Launches Open-Source Exchange
Sramana Mitra / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo! Personal Finance: A for Content, B for Personalization
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
SharePoint: The next big 'operating system' from Microsoft?
Discussion: Open Sources
itif.org:
Digital Prosperity  —  Understanding the Economic Benefits …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Slashdot
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
How To Destroy Your Enemy: Demand a Video Apology
 

 
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