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3:00 PM ET, September 19, 2008

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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Jabber  —  Jabber's Presence and Messaging Software to Enhance Cisco's Collaboration Portfolio  —  Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Jabber, Inc., a provider of presence and messaging software.
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
With Microsoft in Sight, Cisco Buys Jabber  —  Cisco said this morning it would buy instant messaging service Jabber for an undisclosed amount.  The deal is another move by the networking company into the collaboration space — this time highlighting the importance of presence awareness and interoperability in collaboration.
Discussion: Bits, Mashable! and Furrier.org
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News:   Cisco buys into corporate IM
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
That Was Fun, But Now Ebay's Selling Off StumbleUpon  —  In May 2007 eBay acquired website recommendation engine StumbleUpon for $75 million.  Now, less than a year and a half later, they're trying to unload it according to a source with knowledge of the sale process.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Report: eBay Trying To Ditch StumbleUpon. What About Skype?
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
New Microsoft Commercials Are Live  —  The three new non-Seinfeld commercials, which the New York Times described earlier this week, still don't talk about Vista features.  But they do try to break the stereotype that cool and interesting people use Macs, and everyone else is on a Windows machine.
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Microsoft's “I'm a PC” Ad Beats Seinfeld (But Not Hodgman)  —  Phase 2 of Microsoft's Windows ad campaign debuted tonight during The Office, and the latest work by ad agency Crispin, Porter + Bogusky definitely beats the crap out of those (ill-fated?)  Gates/Seinfeld ads when it comes to making a point.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Huh. Those Mac Ads Aren't As Funny Any More.
Discussion: Web Scout and Pulse 2.0
Maciej Stachowiak / Surfin' Safari:
Introducing SquirrelFish Extreme  —  Just three months ago, we announced SquirrelFish, a major revamp of our JavaScript engine featuring a high-performance bytecode interpreter.  Today we'd like to announce the next generation of our JavaScript engine - SquirrelFish Extreme (or SFX for short).
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Charles Ying / inside looking out:   SquirrelFish Extreme: Fastest JavaScript Engine Yet
Symbian Smart Phones World:
ULTRA HOT: Two New Nokia Eseries Phones In The Works - Nokia E72 and E75 Leaked!!!!!  —  + ULTRA HOT: Two New Nokia Eseries Phones In The Works!  —  Nokia E72 and E75 Leaked!!!!!  —  Two New Nokia QWERTY Phones In The Works!  —  Leaking confidential information is the growing problem.
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC's Web sites see surge in traffic  —  iTunes sells 1 mil since Sept. 9; news events draw visitors  —  The Peacock felt gale-force winds beneath its wings this week on the Internet.  —  A trio of unrelated events conspired to give NBC Universal record traffic at three Web locations: CNBC.com, NBC.com and iTunes.
Cap'n Pam Greenebearde / The Official Google Blog:
Google in one more language  —  As we've written before, one of our goals is to enable everyone using Google to find the information they want easily, no matter what language they speak.  —  It recently came to our attention that Google was not accessible to a large, influential, and notoriously quick-tempered community: Pirates.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google, FriendFeed (Who Else?)  Dive Into Talk Like A Pirate Day
Ashish Sinha / pluGGd.in to Indian Startups:
Yahoo India Launches Spotm - Social Network for the Youth  —  Yahoo India has launched Spotm, social network for the youth (typical target group: college going kids, 16-24 years) .  —  The product is currently in closed beta (invite only) and has couple of interesting concepts:
Discussion: contentSutra.com
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Don Reisinger / TechCrunch:   Yahoo Launches Social Network — In India
Tim Armstrong / Google Public Policy Blog:
Facts about our Yahoo! ad deal and competition  —  Yesterday I wrote about the impact of our recent advertising agreement with Yahoo! on advertising prices.  There have also been some questions posed about the deal's impact on competition in the online advertising industry.  Here are the facts:
Discussion: ClickZ and Digital Destiny
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Fred / A VC:
It's Time To Open Up The Feeds To Marketers  —  I wrote a post a week or two ago where I talked about the increasing importance of feeds as an interface to social media and media and information in general.  I don't really mean “rss feeds” when I say feeds, although reading this blog's feed …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Drop.io Launches Geo-Location File Sharing  —  NY-based private file sharing service Drop.io has announced the launch of geo-location based drops.  The concept works like this — you upload files into your drop.  Once uploaded you can tag the drop with a location.
Discussion: Mashable!
Wall Street Journal:
EA Relaxes Rules on Installing ‘Spore’  —  Videogame publisher Electronic Arts Inc. plans to allay complaints about copy-protection limits in its new “Spore” software by increasing the number of times the game can be installed.  —  “Spore,” a game based on evolution from “The Sims” …
Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
Cable, led by Cablevision, mulls network DVR  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If the nation's largest cable TV operators have their way, the home digital video recorder could soon become a relic.  —  Leading the way is Cablevision Systems Corp., which plans to roll out a system in early 2009 …
Discussion: NewTeeVee and DSLreports
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Use Hulu, Pandora, or the BBC iPlayer from any country  —  Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.  While using a proxy server might violate the usage license of your ISP or the site you are using, it is as far as I know, not illegal.  Still, if you are cautious or in doubt, check with a real lawyer …
Jibi / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry OS 5.0: your first looky looky  —  Remember when we first mentioned OS 5.0 nearly one and a half years ago?  Yes, it's been that long.  Although that version matured into what we now know as OS 4.5, earlier this year, we broke the story about the formal introduction of OS 5.0 within the walls of Waterloo.
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
net4mac social networking comes to iPhone  —  net4mac, a social network for Mac users, is now available on the iPhone.  A native app is available for download from the App Store, for $4.99.  —  net4mac was created to help Mac users connect with one another.
Discussion: Mashable! and O'Grady's PowerPage
Bruce Byfield / Linux.com:
SGI relicenses OpenGL: “A huge gift to the free software community”  —  After nine months, an open secret can finally be acknowledged: The OpenGL code that is responsible for 3-D acceleration on GNU/Linux, which was released by SGI in 1999, has been running on licenses that were accepted …
 
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Paul Taylor / Inquirer:
Atom 330 makes its debut
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Parallels 4 to tout OS X Server VM, dual-core, new interface
Discussion: O'Grady's PowerPage
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
A Better Way To Collaborate: OpenACircle
Discussion: Webware.com and Profy
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Zoho: The Little Engine That Could (Take on Both Microsoft and Google)
Discussion: InformationWeek
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
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How Wall Street Lied to Its Computers
 

 
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