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9:55 PM ET, March 26, 2008


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CNET REORGANIZATION: INTERNAL MEMO FROM NEIL ASHE, CEO  —  We all recognize that we must continuously change to be successful, and we embrace change.  At the beginning of the year, we talked about our focus on category defining brands and the need to drive greater efficiencies in the business.
Online media company CNET cutting 120 jobs  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Online media company CNET Networks Inc said on Wednesday it will eliminate 120 jobs, or about 10 percent of its staff, in a restructuring to help it focus on long-term growth amid complaints from some investors.
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CNET Internal Memo: ‘Difficult Decisions’; Realignment; May Raise …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola insider tells all about the fall of a technology icon  —  Last month we were contacted by the late Geoffrey Frost's personal adviser at Motorola; until Frost's death in 2005, Numair Faraz worked under the Motorola's former CMO — the man widely regarded as the father of the RAZR.
Margaret Kane / CNET
Motorola to split in two  —  Under pressure investors …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google February Paid Clicks Lousy (Again)*  —  A source says Comscore has finally released its February “US paid clicks” report for Google (GOOG), Yahoo (YHOO), et al.  We have not seen the report, but our source relays the following:  —  Google had 515mm US paid clicks in February, which is up only 3% year over year.
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google U.S. search market share up, Yahoo down  —  Google's market share for Web search in the U.S. rose in February to 58.7 percent, up from January and the same period a year ago, while Yahoo's, at 17.6 percent, was down compared with the same periods, according to data released Wednesday by Nielsen.
Discussion: WebProNews and One Microsoft Way
24/7 Wall St.:
The Twenty-Five Most Valuable Blogs  —  There is no way to accurately put a value on blogs and blogging companies.  All are privately-held and, as is true with many content businesses, the value of the company is based on what a buyer will pay.  The figures we have put together look …
PC World:
Turn a Smart Phone into a Wi-Fi Hot Spot  —  Got a 3G smartphone with Wi-Fi?  Then you might be soon be able to use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot for connecting your notebook or any other Wi-Fi enabled device to the Internet.  —  North Carolina-based TapRoot Systems today announced …
USA Today:
Amazon takes on Apple with copy-protection-free music  —  The music industry is finally comfortable selling digital music without copy protection, but the huge shift hasn't resulted in dramatically higher sales.  —  Instead, it produced something that major music labels have long sought: a strong No. 2 competitor to Apple.
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast, Time Warner Cable in Wireless Talks  —  Companies, With Others, May Help Fund Venture  —  The two biggest U.S. cable providers, Comcast Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc., are discussing a plan to provide funding for a new wireless company that would be operated by Sprint Nextel Corp …
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May  —  At least that's what it sounds like from this report, outlining the product map for Asustek's low-cost computers.  —  Coming in May will be a new version of the Eee PC with an 8.9-inch touchscreen and possibly GPS capability, the report said.
Discussion: Guardian, Joe Duck and Electronista
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC 900 hits the FCC with full teardown …
Discussion: Gizmodo and UMPCPortal
iPod Observer:
iPO Reports - Gartner: Second Round of 10M 3G iPhones Possible  —  Apple may have ordered a second round of 10 million iPhones based on the 3G network, according to Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney.  Mr. Dulaney, who follows the iPhone for the research firm, based that on rumors he's become aware of in Asia.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Apple forbids Windows users from installing Safari for Windows  —  First they mock web security.  Then EULAs  —  In using Apple Software Update to slip his Safari browser onto millions of Windows PCs, Steve Jobs didn't just undermine “the security of the whole Web”.  He's made a mockery of end user licensing agreements.
Verizon Asks FCC to Remove Cable Industry Obstacle to Consumer Choice in Bundled Services Market Consumers Must be Able to Choose New Cable Providers as Easily as Choosing New Telephone Providers  —  WASHINGTON - Seeking to remove a significant obstacle to consumer choice and competition …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
New Google Documents Menu  —  The Google Docs document editor has a new menu (see video), similar to the one spotted in a Google employee's presentation before.  Instead of the tabs, the menu is now more traditional, along the lines of what people know from their typical desktop applications from years ago.
Junyor /
Opera and the Acid3 Test  —  We have some excellent news!  Lars Erik Bolstad, the Head of Core Technology at Opera Software, sent me the following information to share:
Discussion: Bb's RealTech and CyberNet
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Discussion: DailyTech
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Koolhaas Transforming House Is Worthy of Iron Man, Batman …
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Report: Subscriptions to Surge for Open-Source Licensing
Discussion: Open Source
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BitTorrent Bummer  —  BitTorrent throttling isn't just a concern for Comcast customers.
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Nielsen: Hulu Off To A Strong Start
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Live from Mozilla: Firefox for iPhone? No.
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PC Spending Heads South
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Inside story: the making of a legal TV ‘torrent’
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
Today is Document Freedom Day
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Dominates the Lifestream
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's $475k Bodyguards: Cheap! (GOOG)
Discussion: Valleywag
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Bringing Outlook and Gmail Closer Together
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’