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12:35 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  —  WiMAX in the U.S. 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 megamillion-dollar checks.
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
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 …
DealBook:
Motorola to Split Itself in Two
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
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Screenwerk
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.
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
BBC:
Approval for mobiles on aircraft  —  The use of mobiles on planes flying in European airspace has been given approval by UK regulator Ofcom.  —  It has issued plans that will allow airlines to offer mobile services on UK-registered aircraft.  —  The decision means that mobiles could be used once …
Discussion: broadstuff and All About Symbian
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eWeek:
Mobile Calls Set for Takeoff on UK Planes
Discussion: Wi-Fi Networking News
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Google's five-year plan to hit Enterprise continues (Cemaphore helps Google out)  —  I'm convinced that Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, has a five-year plan to put Google's foot inside the enterprise door.  —  Enterprise users aren't easy to switch over.  On the plane to New York I saw …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Bringing Outlook and Gmail Closer Together
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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 …
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Next-gen wireless broadband system hits 250Mbit/sec.  —  IDG News Service) Japanese cellular operator NTT DoCoMo Inc. has achieved a download speed of 250Mbit/sec. in trials of a future 3G cellular technology.  —  The speed was attained in outdoor tests near the carrier's research …
Discussion: Inquirer and IDG News Service
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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
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.
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 …
 
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Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Guardian announces it will not use Phorm
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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 …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Court: Turnitin does not violate student copyrights by scanning homework
Discussion: Ars Technica and SIVACRACY.NET
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Microsoft release yet another Windows XP SP3 RC build
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online video traffic up 178% in a year
Discussion: WebProNews
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
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Darren Delaye / Official Google Docs Blog:
New Toolbar and Menus  —  Every so often, we hear from users …
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Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
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Super Talent to ship 256GB SSD in April
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Al Gore bars press from RSA talk next month
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?
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Now hear this: Mac version has voice
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