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12:05 PM 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 U.S. WiMAX Rescue Act
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Huge Cable WiMax Consortium in the Works?
Discussion: eWeek and Electronista
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) …
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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 …
eWeek:
Motorola to Spin Out Handset Division  —  Motorola said it will separate mobile devices from its network equipment, enterprise and public safety businesses.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Motorola Inc said on Wednesday it would split into two publicly traded entities to separate …
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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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.
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.
NTT DoCoMo Global Site:
NTT DoCoMo Achieves 250Mbps Downlink in Super 3G Field Experiment — Key Step toward Realization of New High-Speed Mobile Network  —  NTT DoCoMo, Inc. announced today that it has recorded a downlink transmission rate of 250Mbps over a high-speed wireless network in an outdoor test …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Next-gen wireless broadband system hits 250Mbit/sec.
Discussion: IDG News Service
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft ‘Albany’: A ‘ValueBox’ to compete with Google Docs  —  After a number of Microsoft beta testers received last week cryptic invitations to test a new product codenamed “Albany,” the guessing games began as to exactly what Albany was.  —  While invited testers still have not received …
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Eric Lai / Computerworld:
Microsoft Web sites and Adobe's Flash sending Safari off course?
Discussion: JD on EP and Alec Saunders .LOG
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Hearst Magazines acquires relationship advice site
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
Departing b5media  —  About two and a half years ago …
DealBook:
Motorola to Split Itself in Two
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Court: Turnitin does not violate student copyrights by scanning homework
Discussion: Ars Technica and SIVACRACY.NET
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online video traffic up 178% in a year
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Revisiting The Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
iPod Observer:
iPO Reports - Gartner: Second Round of 10M 3G iPhones Possible
Philipp Gollner / Reuters:
Dell and HP see laptop battery shortage
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Darren Delaye / Official Google Docs Blog:
New Toolbar and Menus  —  Every so often, we hear from users …
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
Discussion: WebProNews and Blue's News
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Al Gore bars press from RSA talk next month
BBC:
Approval for mobiles on aircraft
Discussion: All About Symbian
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Microsoft claims Office OpenXML standard Czechmate
Discussion: Notes2Self.net
Wall Street Journal:
Major Buyout Deal Is Close to Collapse
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Corporate employee blogs: Lawsuits waiting to happen?
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Now hear this: Mac version has voice
 

 
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