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9:45 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.
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 …
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 …
Joe / Techdirt:   Cisco Returning To Its Roots With Aggressive Acquisition Strategy
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Cisco acquires WebEx for $2.9 billion
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 …
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Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
Twits Twittering for the sake of Tweets: or that's not why I twitter  —  Remember this?  Probably many don't, but I've been a member of Twitter, since last May or June.  Previous to Jabber integration.  Previous to the funky tricked out personal landing page.  Previous to the vowels.
Heather Hopkins / Hitwise UK:
Twitter Stats - Growing but Still Niche
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Newbie's guide to Twitter
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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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Gizmodo:
GPhone Kinda, Sorta Confirmed by Google Spain, But Not Really
Discussion: Phone Scoop, 24/7 Wall St. and Crave
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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Christopher Grant / Joystiq:
Folding@home saves the world (via PlayStation 3) March 23rd  —  Coupled with some glowing press about the admittedly impressive specs of the PlayStation 3's Cell processor comes news that the console's long promised Folding@home client will be using all those leftover processing cycles on March 23rd.
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
PS3 Folding@Home launches this month
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Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers First ExpressCard By Novatel Wireless To Take Advantage Of New Faster Wireless Broadband Network  —  V740 ExpressCard Features Superior Wireless Broadband Connectivity for Verizon Wireless Customers  —  Media Contact Info  —  Townsend Inc. for Novatel Wireless, Inc.
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) …
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.
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Are Web Interfaces "Good Enough"?  —  µTorrent, my favorite BitTorrent client, now offers a web UI.  See if you can spot the differences between the Web UI and the Windows UI:  —  After spending about a year interacting with µTorrent exclusively through Remote Desktop …
 
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