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10:45 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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
CableCos Join The $3 Billion US WiMAX Rescue Act  —  WiMAX in the US has been a bit on the ropes, but it isn't dead yet.  And if you believe The Wall Street Journal a miraculous comeback maybe in the offering, thanks to some deep pocketed cable companies' willingness to write mega-million dollar checks.
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Huge Cable WiMax Consortium in the Works?
Discussion: Electronista
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and Google Blogoscoped
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google AdWords Video Ads Now Live & In the Wild  —  A few minutes ago, I posted screen captures of Google's new video ads in the real, live and wild search results.  These were announced back in February but only now appear to have really gone live.  —  Searches that triggered this result …
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Tests Video Ads Alongside Search Results  —  In February, we found out that Google intends to test video ads next to search results and now we can finally see some examples.  Digital Inspiration spotted an AT&T ad targeted to the query [phone], but there's also an Intel ad when you search for [laptop].
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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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) …
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
Business Wire:
Take-Two Interactive Software Board Rejects Electronic Arts' Offer as Inadequate (Business Wire)  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—The Board of Directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO - News) today announced that it has thoroughly reviewed Electronic Arts Inc.'s (NASDAQ …
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?
 
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Super Talent to ship 256GB SSD in April
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Next-gen wireless broadband system hits 250Mbit/sec.
Discussion: IDG News Service and Engadget
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
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
The MacBook Air has no clothes
Wall Street Journal:
Major Buyout Deal Is Close to Collapse
 Earlier Items: 
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Corporate employee blogs: Lawsuits waiting to happen?
Discussion: Collaborative Thinking and BBC
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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More than 300 New York Times staffers express interest in buyouts

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