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12:10 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 …
Joe / Techdirt:   Cisco Returning To Its Roots With Aggressive Acquisition Strategy
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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 …
Waxy.org:   Tracking Twitter's Message Growth
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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Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:   Streakr Social Network Makes Social Networks Bare All
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
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
University of Michigan [NOT] Identifying Students to RIAA, According to Email  —  Today, I received an email apparently sent by Paul Howell, Chief Information Technology Security Officer of the University of Michigan, to all of the university's faculty and staff.
Discussion: Techdirt, Gizmodo, TechSpot, WebProNews and digg
Modculture / Tech Digest:
CeBIT 2007: Linksys unveils KiSS 1600 wireless media player  —  Yet another wireless media player - and like the Netgear player, the Linksys KiSS 1600 is also HD-friendly.  —  The KiSS 1600 can stream high definition video, audio, pictures and other forms of digital content to your TV …
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
Valleywag:
ARMCHAIR GENERAL: The wrong hire for Yahoo  —  Salim Ismail, incoming head of Yahoo's new incubator, is a perfectly charming staple of Manhattan internet parties and, since he moved to the West Coast, the South of Market tech scene.  But here's the brutal truth: the last person …
Discussion: Hello, My Name Is and Burningbird
Josh R. Holloway / MacApper:
How To: Clean Your Black MacBook  —  I know many of us who have recently purchased MacBooks went for the black version for fear of the dreaded white MacBook discoloration.  Having successfully avoided the yellowing of the white MacBooks (which Apple has since remedied) …
 
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Verizon Wireless Offers First ExpressCard By Novatel Wireless …
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CeBIT 2007: Intel to launch Bearlake chipsets for desktops (part 1)
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