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3:35 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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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 …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
OK. $1.7 Billion and All Your Pay Channels for Free ...
Discussion: Ars Technica and BloggingStocks
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) …
Ryan Block / Engadget:   Motorola insider tells all about the fall of a technology icon
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)
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, Mashable! and innonate
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Corporate employee blogs: Lawsuits waiting to happen?  —  A recent libel lawsuit filed against Cisco Systems over one of its employees' personal blogs could spur companies, many of which have encouraged workers to share their writings publicly, to reconsider how much latitude to give them.
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.
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.
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online video traffic up 178% in a year  —  UK Internet traffic to online video websites increased by 178% between February 2007 and 2008.  A Hitwise custom category of the top 25 video websites in the UK accounted for 2.22% of all UK Internet visits in February 2008, equivalent for one in every 45 Internet visits last month.
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
USA Today:
New media expected to get more ad dollars  —  NEW YORK — Advertisers and marketers, struggling to keep up with changing consumer habits, are about to make massive investments in new digital and out-of-home media platforms, according to a forecast out today from research firm PQ Media.
 
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Dominates the Lifestream
IDG News Service:
Japanese Mobile System Hits 250M bps
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
Discussion: Destructoid and CNET News.com
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's $475k Bodyguards: Cheap! (GOOG)
Discussion: Valleywag
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Firefox Update Zaps Code Execution Bugs
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Guardian announces it will not use Phorm
Aaron Brazell / Technosailor:
Departing b5media  —  About two and a half years ago …
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft ‘Albany’: A ‘ValueBox’ to compete with Google Docs
Discussion: Beyond Binary
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
Martyn Williams / Computerworld:
Super Talent to ship 256GB SSD in April
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Al Gore bars press from RSA talk next month
Discussion: Techdirt
BBC:
Approval for mobiles on aircraft
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
The MacBook Air has no clothes
Yahoo! Messenger Blog:
Now hear this: Mac version has voice
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Communicate Acquires Y Combinator Startup Auctomatic, Unveils New Business Strategy