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5:40 PM ET, March 26, 2008

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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.
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Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Motorola to split in two  —  Under pressure investors, Motorola has decided to split into two publicly traded companies, one handling handsets and accessories and the other taking on wireless broadband networks and enterprise level communications services.  —  “Our decision to separate …
Jim Kerstetter / CNET News.com:
Splitting Motorola: Will this make Icahn happy?
Discussion: TGDaily.com
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 …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Why Cable And WiMax Shouldn't Mix
Discussion: Sidecut Reports
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 …
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The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1: Part 2  —  You might have remembered our detailed coverage of Windows Mobile 6.1 Standard a few months back.  Our Motorola Q9 with Wi-Fi came with it, and we've just received a new Motorola Q9 with Wi-Fi, and it's got some updated Windows Mobile 6.1 goodies in it!
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 …
Verizon:
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 …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Verizon asks FCC for permission to interrupt cable's broadcast
Discussion: Electronista
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Bringing Outlook and Gmail Closer Together  —  For months, Google has sought to make inroads against Microsoft's dominance in office applications.  Now, it's getting a little help from others.  —  Cemaphore Systems, a company that specializes in e-mail backup services …
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google's five-year plan to hit Enterprise continues (Cemaphore helps Google out)
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.
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Rally Extends; Report Gartner Hears 3G iPhone Orders …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gadget Lab
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May
Discussion: Joe Duck, Electronista and I4U News
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.
Discussion: Googling Google, Mashable! and innonate
Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Nielsen Stats Put Google Up, Yahoo Down  —  Companies trade more than a percentage point of market share  —  At some point, we'll be able to start recycling these reports; “Google is ahead” can only be said so many ways.  February wasn't too routine, though, as Nielsen Online reports …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google U.S. search market share up, Yahoo down
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Corporate employee blogs: Lawsuits waiting to happen?  —  A recent libel lawsuit filed against Cisco Systems over one of its employees' personal blogs could spur companies, many of which have encouraged workers to share their writings publicly, to reconsider how much latitude to give them.
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
Today is Document Freedom Day  —  Today, the world is celebrating the first-ever Document Freedom Day.  More than 200 teams in 60 countries are spending today raising awareness about document freedom by hosting speakers, events, and literally raising the DFD flag.
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online video traffic up 178% in a year  —  UK Internet traffic to online video websites increased by 178% between February 2007 and 2008.  A Hitwise custom category of the top 25 video websites in the UK accounted for 2.22% of all UK Internet visits in February 2008, equivalent for one in every 45 Internet visits last month.
Discussion: HipMojo.com, VentureBeat and WebProNews
 
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows XP SP3 RC2 Refresh becomes available
Discussion: PC World
Guinevere Orvis / last100:
Inside story: the making of a legal TV ‘torrent’
Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple settles the amazing multicolor lawsuit
Discussion: MacUser and Apple 2.0
USA Today:
New media expected to get more ad dollars
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Dominates the Lifestream
Marc Graser / Variety:
Filmgoers get a taste of the good life
Discussion: TGDaily.com
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Memo to EA and Take-Two: Stop using the press to negotitate
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's $475k Bodyguards: Cheap! (GOOG)
Discussion: Valleywag
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Firefox Update Zaps Code Execution Bugs
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sanyo projector is lightest, smallest
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Guardian announces it will not use Phorm
Discussion: The Register
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Revisiting The Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
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Craigslist Is Our Mirror, Nothing Better (Or Worse)
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