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Cisco Connected Government: Helping Heroes

As I wind down and get ready for Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so many people in my life. At Cisco, I have the opportunity to work with amazing people around the world dedicated to helping others. These people are the heroes who help, teach, heal, serve, and protect us.

At Cisco, we believe it is our role to help heroes around the world dedicated to public service.  We share our vision in this short video titled “Being There.”

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New ways to use the Web for the holidays.

From recipes to ride sharing, collaborative consumption is changing how we get and give.

It’s almost time to buy the Thanksgiving turkey and pull out the Christmas lists. But as the Web explodes as a place many will go to shop, so are sites where we share what we have or do — and you can make money, or save some.

It’s called online sharing or collaborative consumption and it’s when we go to airbnb to stay in someone’s home and Parking Panda to park in their driveway. The choices are swelling for how we can use it for the holidays. is a virtual bakery where you can buy 20 blueberry scones for $88 and a homemade apple pie for $33. But if the thought of $4 scones gives you heartburn, you can buy 10 Thanksgiving recipes for just $5 on

The game changer is social media.

Lauren Anderson, director of says online sharing takes a lot of trust because, after all, you’re staying in someone’s home and eating scones baked by a stranger. Social media is helping many people make that leap of faith through more two-way reviews and visibility to online reputations.

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Cisco Systems Ranked #1 Most Engaged Brand on Twitter

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year when we take the time to voice our appreciation for the people in our lives and reflect gratefully on everything we have. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our @CiscoSystems Twitter handle managers for keeping us all in the know and congratulate them for being recognized by as the number one Most Engaged Brand on Twitter. Read More »

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Cisco ūmi: What are you thankful for?

Fall is in full swing, and the year is winding down.  You can just feel it.  The first snow flurries are beginning to cover the leaf piles in the Northeast.  The Chicago winds are whipping off Lake Michigan, sending chills down the spines of Bears Fans.  And out here in the Bay Area, well, summer is setting in up North in San Francisco.  I still can’t get over how that seems to happen every year…75 degrees in November!

And while much of the country might be winding down for winter, things are just starting to heat up for Cisco ūmi and the great team we have over here.  It’s been a little over a month since the launch and we have so much to be thankful for this year.  Cisco ūmi systems are shipping to customers who pre-ordered them, and they are now available at Magnolia locations through Best Buy.

Tomorrow is the first Thanksgiving that families and friends from coast-to-coast will be able to sit down– together –and give a live holiday toast for that most famous of meals with ūmi.

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A Thanksgiving Blog

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and as such it seemed a good time to pause, take a breath, look around, and say thanks. So, in no particular order:

Thank you to my engineering and technology co-workers, both here at Cisco and everywhere else, for being so adept in evolving and adapting in this great era of innovation.

Think about the pace of change in our lifetimes, attributable to very smart people, focused on innovating: We’ve gone to the moon, explored Mars and even built a space station. We’ve decoded the human genome in this same period of time. We’ve helped to create not just the Internet, but also the capability to “put the Internet in your pocket” – to make that endless stream of information available to people wherever there’s an IP connection.

Thanks, too, to our service provider customers, for challenging us to dig deep and do our best work to help create this next great era of consumer choice and innovation – to facilitate that shift to IP-based entertainment and communications experiences. They’ve challenged us to not just focus on innovation that benefit consumers but consider the viability of the business models in support of entire media ecosystems.   Real market shifts occur when new technology delivers compelling consumer value while sustaining a tangible economic model. I’m very grateful that we’re a part of making it happen with you.

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