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4:10 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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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 …
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) …
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
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Finally, the $500 ultramobile with touch coming in May
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
 
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Tom Krazit / One More Thing:
Apple settles the amazing multicolor lawsuit
USA Today:
New media expected to get more ad dollars
IDG News Service:
Japanese Mobile System Hits 250M bps
Marc Graser / Variety:
Filmgoers get a taste of the good life
Discussion: TGDaily.com
The Boy Genius Report:
Windows Mobile 6.1: Part 2
Discussion: Gizmodo, Electronista and Engadget
Ryan Naraine / eWeek:
Firefox Update Zaps Code Execution Bugs
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sanyo projector is lightest, smallest
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
Charles Arthur / Guardian Unlimited:
Guardian announces it will not use Phorm
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Goad / Hitwise Intelligence:
Online video traffic up 178% in a year
Discussion: VentureBeat and WebProNews
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft ‘Albany’: A ‘ValueBox’ to compete with Google Docs
Discussion: Beyond Binary
BBC:
Legal battle over Warcraft ‘bot’
Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:
Al Gore bars press from RSA talk next month
Discussion: Techdirt
BBC:
Approval for mobiles on aircraft
Discussion: All About Symbian
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:
Craigslist Is Our Mirror, Nothing Better (Or Worse)