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Coming so soon after the company bought a social networking platform (Tribe.net), Cisco's $3.2-billion acquisition of WebEx makes it clear that the network equipment company's interest in matters of the Web is more than just a passing fancy (although I suppose that it's possible deals of that size qualify as a fancy at a giant…

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I suppose it was inevitable that the whole "social networking" phenomenon -- which until now has been pretty much a grassroots effort, aside from Google's purchase of YouTube and News Corp. buying MySpace -- would eventually attract the attention of the Big Iron boys. And by that I mean companies like Cisco, the networking-equipment maker…

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CNet.com has a piece up on its website that talks about how networking equipment giant Cisco Systems might be looking to acquire TiVo, the digital-video recording pioneer. The article, which is labelled "news analysis" -- which in the journalism business is code for "speculation" -- starts off with Cisco's recently announced $6.9-billion acquisition of Scientific-Atlanta,…

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