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6:10 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 …
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
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 …
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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!
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
PR Newswire:
Oracle Reports Q3 GAAP EPS Up 30% to 26 Cents, Non-GAAP EPS Up 23% to 30 cents  —  Database and Middleware New License Revenues Up 20%, Total GAAP Revenues Up 21%  —  Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL - News) today announced fiscal 2008 Q3 GAAP earnings per share were up 30% to $0.26, compared to the same quarter last year.
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Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Oracle profit up but shares tumble on sals miss  —  Oracle profit up but shares tumble on sales miss  —  Business software giant Oracle reported quarterly earnings Wednesday that met Wall Street's expectations, but company shares slipped almost 9% in after-hours trading on news …
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)
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Apple Rally Extends; Report Gartner Hears 3G iPhone Orders …
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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: Mashable!, Googling Google and innonate
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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: One Microsoft Way
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Doug Caverly / WebProNews:
Nielsen Stats Put Google Up, Yahoo Down
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 and Ryan Stewart
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.
Reuters:
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.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Dominates the Lifestream  —  By using FriendFeedStats, which creates service-level usage statistics from lifestream aggregator FriendFeed based on its public timeline, we can see which services are the most popular.  Specifically, Twitter tends to dominate the conversation with about 44% of all activity on the service.
 
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Jason Nation climbs to #3 on Twitter
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Men's Entertainment Aggregator CraveOnline Acquires HoopsVibe
Discussion: HipMojo.com and PR Newswire
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’
Zaheda Bhorat / Official Google Blog:
Today is Document Freedom Day
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
Marc Graser / Variety:
Filmgoers get a taste of the good life
Discussion: TGDaily.com
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's $475k Bodyguards: Cheap! (GOOG)
Discussion: Valleywag
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Firefox Update Zaps Code Execution Bugs
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Guardian announces it will not use Phorm
Discussion: The Register
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online video traffic up 178% in a year
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Corporate employee blogs: Lawsuits waiting to happen?
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Japan: URL's Are Totally Out
 

 
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