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2:25 PM ET, March 19, 2009

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Cisco:
Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Pure Digital Technologies, Makers of Flip VideoTM  —  Networking Leader Adds Popular Flip Video Solutions to Consumer Portfolio  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. - March.  19, 2009 - Cisco today announced its intent to acquire privately held Pure Digital Technologies …
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Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Why Cisco's Flipping Into Consumer Video  —  The networking giant's acquisition of Pure Digital may be part of bringing telepresence to the home.  —  Cisco's love of video is no secret: As the world's biggest data mover, it sees a gold mine in the Internet's growing collection of information-rich user-generated clips.
Discussion: eWeek
Ashlee Vance / Bits:
Cisco Flips Over Pure Digital  —  Cisco Systems went through with its head-scratcher of an acquisition, announcing on Thursday the purchase of Pure Digital for $590 million in stock.  —  While you may not recognize the Pure Digital name, there's a decent chance that you've run across its Flip Video products.
Anupreeta Das / Reuters:
Cisco buys Flip Video maker for $590 million
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Availability of Internet Explorer 8  —  New browser focuses on top customer needs, including security, ease of use and performance.  —  Today Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Windows Internet Explorer 8, the new Web browser that offers the best solution for how people use the Web today.
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Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Microsoft Ups Ante With New Browser
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Live from New York: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  —  The Microsoft (MSFT) boss is sitting down with BusinessWeek editor Stephen Adler at the McGraw-Hill media conference.  Expect at least some chatter about Yahoo (YHOO) and its new boss Carol Bartz, who just happens to be visiting New York this week as well.
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Bloomberg:   Ballmer Says There Are ‘Compelling Economics’ in Yahoo Deal
Wall Street Journal:
Sony, Google Challenge Amazon  —  Sony Electronics Inc. is pairing with Google Inc. to battle Amazon.com Inc. in the growing digital books market.  —  In a strike against Amazon's Kindle electronic book reader, Sony and Google plan to launch a partnership Thursday that will give users …
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Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
More evidence arises for future iPhone models in latest beta  —  Yet another plist file in the iPhone OS 3.0 beta references four different unknown products.  They could be new iPhones, new iPod touches, or even crazier things like a Mac tablet or an iPhone nano.
Discussion: InformationWeek, IntoMobile and iLounge
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
Evidence of new iPhones, new iPod Touch?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and CrunchGear
BBC:
Google's pictures of UK go live  —  Google has launched the UK version of its Street View service, which allows users to browse a selection of pictures taken along city streets.  —  Street scenes in 25 UK cities from Aberdeen to Southampton can be viewed using the service.
David Richards / Smarthouse:
NEW Apple OLED Notebook & iPhone Confirmed By LG  —  Apple is set to launch new OLED notebooks and flat panel monitors along with a new OLED iPhone claim sources at LG in Korea.  —  It's also believed that a new iPhone and iPod Touch due later this year will include an OLED screen made by LG …
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Preparing to Use OLED Displays for iPhone and Computers?
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and SlashGear
John Markoff / New York Times:
Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Worm  —  An extraordinary behind-the-scenes struggle is taking place between computer security groups around the world and the brazen author of a malicious software program called Conficker.  —  The program grabbed global attention when it began spreading late …
Discussion: Telegraphik
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Power Hacker Kent Brewster Leaves Yahoo for Netflix  —  Business troubles at Yahoo! haven't changed the fact that the company has some of the most innovative Open Web advocates in the industry in its ranks, but today one of those innovative people has left.  API wizard Kent Brewster told us …
Peter Suber / Open Access News:
MIT adopts a university-wide OA mandate  —  This afternoon, the MIT faculty unanimously adopted a university-wide OA mandate.  Here's the resolution the faculty approved (thanks to Hal Abelson, MIT professor of computer science and engineering, who chaired the committee to formulate it):
Discussion: UMBC ebiquity
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitterville Falls For Premium Accounts Hoax  —  It's mildly funny and very obviously a hoax, but this article on humour site BBspot didn't stop many a Twitter user from thinking it is real.  —  The author of the post mocks Twitter's lack of an apparent business model after 3 years in operation …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
A More Local, Social Citysearch  —  Citysearch is unveiling a new Web site on Thursday that will make the site more social and more local — and, the site hopes, staunch its loss of readers.  —  Citysearch was one of the first Web companies to create an online version of the Yellow Pages when …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Screenwerk, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Sascha Segan / PC Magazine:
Analysis: Apple's iPhone Shows How Upgrades Should Be Done  —  Never mind the cut and paste.  Never mind the picture messaging, or all the other stuff that should have been in iPhone 1.0.  Never mind the new payment methods that will shake up the mobile shopping marketplace.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Topspin Shows That Premium Offerings Get Sales: People Will Pay For Value Beyond The Music  —  It's really been great over the past year or so to see more and more bands adopting business models that involve tiered “premium” options that add real value for fans — the key to creating a real reason to buy …
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackable CloudRack Turns Up The Heat  —  The server trays from the CloudRack C2 have no on-board fans or power supplies.  —  Are you ready for the 100-degree data center?  Rackable Systems has introduced a new version of its CloudRack enclosure that it says can operate in environments …
Discussion: GigaOM and The Toybox
Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
Sirius Founder Says The Company Is Screwed  —  from the cracks-in-the-crystal-ball dept  —  It's no secret that Sirius XM's business has been hurting.  Its recent brush with bankruptcy merely highlighted the huge obstacles the company faced from the beginning: massive capital outlay …
 
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