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12:55 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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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 …
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.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Cisco acquires WebEx for $2.9 billion
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 …
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: Lifehacker and Google Blogoscoped
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
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
Discussion: PaidContent
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 …
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.
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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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 …
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
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.
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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Steve / The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs:
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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
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
SharePoint: The next big 'operating system' from Microsoft?
Discussion: Open Sources
David Pogue / New York Times:
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