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11:20 AM ET, March 26, 2008

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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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Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Huge Cable WiMax Consortium in the Works?  —  (Still blogging very lightly...on vacation through Saturday.)  —  According to the WSJ, Comcast, Time Warner and Newhouse-owned Brighthouse Networks are organizing an A-list backed group of investors to form a new WiMax company with Sprint-Nextel and Clearwire.
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
Om Malik / GigaOM:
CableCos Join The $3 Billion US WiMAX Rescue Act
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
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 …
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Motorola:
Motorola Commences Process to Create Two Independent, Industry-Leading Companies  —  Separate Publicly-Traded Mobile Devices Business and Broadband & Mobility Solutions Business Anticipated  —  Company to Host Conference Call Today at 8:30 am ET  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) …
eWeek:
Motorola to Spin Out Handset Division
Discussion: The Register and CNET News.com
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Screenshot - AdWords Text Ads with Video on Google Homepage  —  Google is now playing video commercials on their homepage.  —  This inline video ad from AT&T appeared on the Google search page for the keyword “phone” - the video clip remains hidden until you click the “Watch Commercial” link.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   Google Tests Video Ads Alongside Search Results
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Video Ads Now Live & In the Wild
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Craigslist Is Our Mirror, Nothing Better (Or Worse)  —  I flipped on the news today (yes, my actual television, not sure why) and the big story was Craigslist gone wrong.  Someone placed an ad on Craigslist saying that anything at a home in Jacksonville, Oregon was up for grabs.
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cabel.name:
Japan: URL's Are Totally Out  —  If you hadn't heard via Twitter (and why would you?), I just returned from over two weeks of quality time in Japan.  A lot of business and business planning, but also a whole lot of fun.  The truly watershed event: this time, I had Steve along.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Communicate Acquires Y Combinator Startup Auctomatic, Unveils New Business Strategy  —  Communicate.com, a public company in Vancouver, Canada, is announcing the acquisition of Y Combinator startup Auctomatic this morning for $5 million in cash and stock.  The company is also changing its name to Live Current Media, Inc.
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Canadian media company buys Auctomatic for $5 million
Discussion: Mashable!
Associated Press:
Google execs: $1 in pay, $13B in stock  —  Giant stakes enrich Brin and Page, but value of their shares decline by billions as company stock falls.  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Google Inc. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page each took home their customary $1 annual salary again in 2007 …
Bret Taylor / FriendFeed Blog:
FriendFeed API: Extend and improve FriendFeed  —  We are very excited to announce the launch of the FriendFeed API, which enables developers to interact with the FriendFeed site programmatically.  It's designed to make it possible for anyone to improve FriendFeed or integrate FriendFeed into other applications.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
FriendFeed Launches API - This Should be Interesting
Discussion: Ryan Stewart and The Last Podcast
Wall Street Journal:
Major Buyout Deal Is Close to Collapse  —  Financing Standoff  —  Casts Doubt on Fate Of Clear Channel  —  One of the marquee deals of the now-faded corporate buyout boom was close to collapse Tuesday night, a victim of the credit-market turmoil that began last summer.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
The MacBook Air has no clothes  —  There.  I said it.  —  After using the MacBook Air intensely since it arrived in February, I am beginning to fell the limitations of its pokey 1.6GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.  I knew what I was getting into going in, but I was convinced that I could make it work.
Discussion: Paul's SuperSite blog
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
OpenSocial is now neutral: What's the business hook here?  —  OpenSocial is no longer just a Google standard.  Microsoft catches social networking religion.  And most folks are wondering where Facebook will land in this mess.  The larger question: Is there a business hook here somewhere?
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Super Talent to ship 256GB SSD in April  —  Super Talent is already shipping samples of the drive  —  IDG News Service) Super Talent Technology Corp., a San Jose-based developer of memory devices, will soon begin commercial sales of a solid-state disk (SSD) drive for laptops that can store 256GB of data.
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft ‘Albany’: A ‘ValueBox’ to compete with Google Docs
Darren Delaye / Official Google Docs Blog:
New Toolbar and Menus  —  Every so often, we hear from users …
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
Discussion: Blue's News
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Next-gen wireless broadband system hits 250Mbit/sec.
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Al Gore bars press from RSA talk next month
BBC:
Approval for mobiles on aircraft
Discussion: All About Symbian
Business Week:
Trends in Cybercensorship  —  A talk with an editor of Access Denied …
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Microsoft claims Office OpenXML standard Czechmate
Discussion: Notes2Self.net
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Corporate employee blogs: Lawsuits waiting to happen?
Matt Hartley / Globe and Mail:
Bell irks ISPs with new throttling policy
Discussion: DSLreports and p2pnet
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Now hear this: Mac version has voice
Phil Manchester / Reg Developer:
AJAX patent threat to giants under the hammer
Discussion: Techdirt
Steve Gillmor / NewsGang:
Swarmtracking  —  Lifestreaming has been a favorite swarm …
Drew Cullen / The Register:
Wikipedia scores $3m donation
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Social Site's New Friends Are Athletes
Haochi / Googlified:
GMail Trends  —  Mihai Parparita, a developer at Google …
 

 
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