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.
Discussion: A VC, Mashable!, Mark Evans, Message, Susan Mernit's Blog, PaidContent, hubbub, Paul Mooney, InfoWorld Tech Watch and Webware.com
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: WTF is Cisco Doing?
Stowe Boyd / Message: Playing Softball With Social Networking Insiders
Giovanni Rodriguez / hubbub: Tribe Gets a Second Life
Paul Roberts / InfoWorld Tech Watch: NYT: Cisco will buy social network Tribe.net
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com: NING IS SURPRISINGLY GOOD — I would be wary to predict …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tribe Gets Aquired, For Real This Time — Last year was a turbulent one for Silicon Valley based Tribe.net. Founding CEO Mark Pincus was ousted, in April and then returned in August. While Pincus was gone rumors swirled that the company had been acquired by NBC, but the deal was never consummated.
Doug Caverly / WebProNews: A "Financial MySpace," Courtesy Of Reuters
Matt / WordPress Development Blog:
WordPress 2.1.1 dangerous, Upgrade to 2.1.2 — Long story short: If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately.
Dave Lewis / Liquidmatrix Security Digest: Wordpress 2.1.1 Cracked
Dan Lurie / Download Squad: Wordpress 2.1.1 may contain nasty surprise
Michael Calore / Monkey Bites: WordPress Issues Security Alert
Tom Raftery / Tom Raftery's I.T. views: Urgent update to WordPress
Darren Rowse / ProBlogger Blog Tips: WordPress 2.1.1 Users - Important Update
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.
Discussion: Macsimum News and Guardian Unlimited
Dennis Sellers / Macsimum News: Analyst: installed base of Mac OS X users nearing 22 million
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited: Mac OS X user base heading for 22 million
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.
Discussion: Windows-Now.com, Search Marketing Gurus, raving lunacy, UNEASYsilence, Download Squad, Techdirt, Boing Boing and digg
Robert McLaws / Windows-Now.com: Best Buy Just Lost My Business Forever
The Head Lemur / raving lunacy: Best Buy for who exactly?
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing: Best Buy admits to keeping fake rip-off site
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.
Discussion: TechSpot News and GigaLaw.com Daily News
Justin Mann / TechSpot News: Judge reverses $1.5 Billion decision against Microsoft over mp3 technology
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Disneyland intros roving animatronic Muppets; Mickey and friends fear pink slips — The happiest place on Earth (Disneyland, not Las Vegas during CES) just got a little happier this week, thanks to a new exhibit called the Muppet Mobile Laboratory that roams the park and delights visitors with inane banter and sprays of water.
Discussion: Forever Geek and digg
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!
Anastasia / Ypulse: For Young Adults, Facebook Is The New Fave
Nick Wilson / Clickinfluence: Facebook, Topdog for Teens
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!: Facebook Beats MySpace and YouTube Among Young Adults
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
New at RockYou: MySpace Countdowns, Corkboards, Musical Slide Shows — Other startups may betting on one great widget for success, but market leaders RockYou and Slide are diversifying rapidly. Today, for instance, RockYou notified users of the launch of three new features …
Andrew Shebanow / Shebanation:
Why Adobe is NOT the Next Microsoft — Ted Leung has posted blog entry provocatively titled : Adobe wants to be the Microsoft of the Web and Scoble has picked up on it. — In Ted's post, he worries about the issues around Flash being sourced from a single vendor:
Discussion: The Universal Desktop, Scobleizer and Ted Leung on the Air
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer: Open source developer warns about Adobe...
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 …
Discussion: LiveSide, Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog and Microsoft News Tracker
Chris / LiveSide: Blake Irving to resign?
David Hunter / Microsoft News Tracker: Windows Live's Blake Irving to resign?
Kevin Lee / ClickZ:
Search Engine Wish Lists, Part 2 — › › › Paid Search Strategies — Last week's search engine wish list ended with some video-related wishes. This week, I'll finish up the video wishes, then continue with both my wish list and wishes expressed by readers.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog
Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog: More Search Engine Wishes
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: Screenwerk and CenterNetworks
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Hitwise: Social + Local More Powerful
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.