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6:45 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, 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 …
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
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.
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paidContent.org:
CNET REORGANIZATION: INTERNAL MEMO FROM NEIL ASHE, CEO  —  We all recognize that we must continuously change to be successful, and we embrace change.  At the beginning of the year, we talked about our focus on category defining brands and the need to drive greater efficiencies in the business.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech Trader Daily
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
CNET Internal Memo: ‘Difficult Decisions’; Realignment; May Raise …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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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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 …
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 …
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
Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
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 that third-quarter sales came in slightly below the Street estimates.
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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
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May  —  At least that's what it sounds like from this report, outlining the product map for Asustek's low-cost computers.  —  Coming in May will be a new version of the Eee PC with an 8.9-inch touchscreen and possibly GPS capability, the report said.
Discussion: Joe Duck, Electronista and I4U News
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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.
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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's $475k Bodyguards: Cheap!  (GOOG)  —  After reviewing the Google (GOOG) proxy, Henry Blodget asks a reasonable question: How did Eric Schmidt spend $474,662 on security last year?  One answer: By spending $58,093 less than he did the year before.  —  We don't know what Eric …
Discussion: Valleywag
 
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Live from Mozilla: A look at upcoming products
Discussion: TechCrunch and Coop's Corner
Paul Carton / ChangeWave HotWire Blog:
PC Spending Heads South
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: Ars Technica and MacUser
USA Today:
New media expected to get more ad dollars
 Earlier Items: 
Marc Graser / Variety:
Filmgoers get a taste of the good life
Discussion: TGDaily.com
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Memo to EA and Take-Two: Stop using the press to negotitate
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Firefox Update Zaps Code Execution Bugs
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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