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8:40 AM ET, March 3, 2007

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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Social Networking's Next Phase  —  Next week Cisco Systems, a Silicon Valley heavyweight, plans to announce one of its most unusual deals: it is buying the technology assets of Tribe.net, a mostly forgotten social networking site, according to people close to the companies' discussions.
Hartford Courant:
Best Buy Confirms It Has Secret Website  —  Under pressure from state investigators, Best Buy is now confirming my reporting that its stores have a secret intranet site that has been used to block some consumers from getting cheaper prices advertised on BestBuy.com.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Mac install base estimated at 22 million pre-Leopard  —  Apple Inc.'s install base of Mac OS X users will be approximately 22 million strong come the end of March, ahead of the company's next-generation Leopard operating system release, according to analysts at Bank of America Securities.
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AppleInsider:
Latest Leopard build from Apple suggests much work ahead  —  A new build of Apple's Leopard operating system released to developers this week introduces a handful of fresh features, but also carries with it a significant laundry list of impending issues that will need to be ironed out before any such public release is considered.
Discussion: digg
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign  —  Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources close to the company.  —  Irving, a 15-year Microsoft veteran, is in charge of the back-end Live platform — the datacenter …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Microsoft wins in second Alcatel-Lucent patent suit  —  update A week after Microsoft was ordered to hand over $1.5 billion in an Alcatel-Lucent MP3 patent dispute, a federal judge has ruled that the Windows maker did not violate a patent at the heart of a second trial that was set to begin soon.
eMarketer:
Facebook Extends Lead As Fave Young Adult Site  —  Where did college students spend winter break?  —  If they're like the rest of 17-to-25-year-olds surveyed by Youth Trends, they likely spent part of that time on Facebook.  —  The social networking site topped the list of favorite sites …
Discussion: Ypulse, Clickinfluence and Mashable!
LeeAnn Prescott / Hitwise US:
Local Search Update: Yelp up 91%, Insider Pages up 34% in Past Six Months  —  This week Insider Pages was acquired by the Citysearch division of IAC.  Hitwise data shows that the market share of US visits to Insider Pages was up 34% in the past 6 months (August 2006 vs. February 2007).
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Screenwerk
Sogrady / tecosystems:
What is Open Source?  The Q&A  —  As justification for entries goes, "well, everyone else was doing it" probably isn't going to win me any prizes, but that's about the best I can do here.  I've been assiduously avoiding the subject thus far, but I guess it's time to jump off this particular bridge.
Discussion: Open Sources and AC/OS
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Apple: Write down your passwords  —  Apple advises Mac users to write down their passwords, just in case they have forgotten them when they are needed.  —  On its Mac 101 Web site, Apple offers a document called "My Mac Cheat Sheet" (PDF).  The document has spaces for Mac users to not just record …
Charles / Channel 9:
Making Windows Vista Sing: Robert Fripp and the Vista Melody  —  On May 4th, 2006, Steve Ball invited Robert Fripp back to the Microsoft campus for a second full day of work on Windows Vista following up on his first visit in the Fall of 2005.  This time we get an even deeper glimpse …
Discussion: istartedsomething and Scobleizer
SeekingAlpha CE Stocks:
Questioning Nintendo's Secondary Offering  —  The Good Doctor submits: On February 23, 2007 after the close of trading in Tokyo, the Nintendo Company (NTDOY.PK) announced that 1.987 million shares of its common stock held by Banks Shareholdings Purchase Corporation through Japan Trustee Services Bank …
China Martens / InfoWorld:
Sun releases Java Enterprise System 5.0  —  Major update of Java ES subscription-based middleware is more modular  —  Sun Microsystems has released a new version of its Java Enterprise System (Java ES) set of subscription-based enterprise middleware with the emphasis on making the offering more modular.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia E90 hits FCC with lots of 3G bands — destination T-Mobile?  —  Wait up just a second, let us get this straight: after years of teasing Americans with 3G smartphone after sweet 3G smartphone — none of which packed even a lick of compatibility on US bands — Nokia's going to rock …
 
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David Chartier / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
TUAW How To: Use your iTunes library over AirPort Disk
Discussion: digg
Molly Peterson / Bloomberg:
FCC Grants Internet Phone Access
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Use your phone to find the nearest Starbucks
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Multicore move cuts Oracle database cost
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Good News, Bad News at GooTube
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The transformation of a VC firm, Bay Partners
Discussion: PE HUB
 Earlier Items: 
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The "About 260" Problem: Google Site: Command Glitch
Rex Hammock / Rex Hammock's weblog:
Why I'm not alarmed that school children use Wikipedia
Discussion: Cost Per News and Time
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers TXT :-) Customers Greater Value
Evan Blass / Engadget:
TomTom ONE XL revealed by FCC
Discussion: Gizmodo
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Google's Lasnik Wishes "NoFollow Didn't Exist"