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4:25 PM ET, March 15, 2007

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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.
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Cisco acquires WebEx for $2.9 billion  —  Cisco Systems, the giant networking company best known for building Internet routers, has agreed to buy WebEx, the video conference company, for a net $2.9 billion in cash.  —  This is significant because it brings Cisco into yet another Internet application market …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Cisco: The giant network squid
Joe / Techdirt:   Cisco Returning To Its Roots With Aggressive Acquisition Strategy
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Cisco To Buy WebEx For $3.2 Billion; Going Head-To-Head With Microsoft?
Discussion: The Browser
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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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.
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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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Gizmodo:
GPhone Kinda, Sorta Confirmed by Google Spain, But Not Really  —  It wasn't the kind of grand announcement we were expecting, but Isabel Aguilera, CEO of Google Spain and Portugal, has supposedly spilled the beans on the GPhone, confirming for the world that our favorite search engine is indeed working on a mobile.
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DigiTimes:
CeBIT 2007: Intel to launch Bearlake chipsets for desktops (part 1)  —  Intel and its partners will kick of CeBIT 2007 with the launch of Intel's Bearlake family of chipsets for desktop PCs.  The new series introduces support for DDR3 memory, front side bus speeds up to 1333MHz and are designed …
Discussion: The Tech Report and Macsimum News
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Hands-on with Samsung's Q1 Ultra, Ultra Mobile PC  —  After bringing you the exclusive details on Samsung's Q1 Ultra UMPC, we got the chance today to get down and dirty with Samsung's second generation UMPC here at the big CeBIT show.  Now, let us tell you something right up front: it's here, UMPC v2 is finally here.
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 and JD on EP
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.
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
HOWTO: Add lyrics to your iPod  —  Did you know you could view lyrics on your iPod?  You can turn your iPod into a crude kind of sort-of-but-not-quite karaoke system by adding lyrics to your music and syncing those lyrics to your iPod.  Both 5G and nano iPods allow you to view song lyrics as your music plays.
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
What's holding you back from going down the 64-bit road?  —  A week ago George Ou made a very good post which took an objective look at choosing between x86 32-bit edition or x64 64-bit edition of Windows Vista.  It's a good post and if you've not read it yet, I encourage you to do so.
 
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