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11:05 AM ET, August 4, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Sanjay Jha Named Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Devices Business  —  Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT - News) today announced its Board of Directors has named Dr. Sanjay Jha as Co-Chief Executive Officer of Motorola and Chief Executive Officer …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Motorola Hires New Cellphone CEO: Qualcomm's Sanjay Jha (MOT)  —  Motorola (MOT) finally has its turnaround man: The company named Dr. Sanjay Jha co-CEO and CEO of its Mobile Devices business this morning.  Jha will lead the company's cellphone spinoff, scheduled for Q3 2008 …
Discussion: The Register and Digital Daily
Laura M. Holson / Bits:
New LiMo Cellphones Protect and Surf  —  The LiMo Foundation, a consortium of wireless-related companies seeking to create an open operating system for cellphones and other wireless devices, has introduced seven new handsets based upon the Linux operating system, bringing the total to 21.
Discussion: PC World and open
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:
LiMo vows to fight on, debuts new mobile handsets from Motorola, NEC, Panasonic  —  The LiMo Foundation has no intention of fading away.  —  At the launch of LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco today, the foundation announced the release of several new Linux-based mobile handsets from Mototorola, NEC and Panasonic.
Discussion: Crave and dailywireless.org
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Social.FM, Formerly Mercora, Shuts Down  —  Mercora, an early entrant into the social music and music search space that recently rebranded itself as Social.FM, has shut down and suspended operations.  After being tipped off by a source, I tried reaching the company's executives, but haven't heard from them.
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
P2P radio goes titsup  —  Social.fm, the company formerly known as Mercora, has closed down.  The service, which allowed users to stream their music collections to each other, cites no reasons for shutting up shop.  —  Mercora was announced in 2003 by McAfee founder Srivats Sampath …
BBC:
Microsoft sees end of Windows era  —  Microsoft has kicked off a research project to create software that will take over when it retires Windows.  —  Called Midori, the cut-down operating system is radically different to Microsoft's older programs.  —  It is centred on the internet …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL ready to be dealt in pieces; Who's buying?  —  Time Warner has reportedly completed its internal restructuring so it can officially separate AOL's dial-up business from its content and advertising assets.  The split is likely to become official when Time Warner delivers earnings on Wednesday.
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Bobbie Johnson / Guardian Unlimited:
Nano iPhone... or PR stunt?  —  In a speculative story lasting just seven sentences, the Daily Mail tells us about the impending iPhone nano - possibly with a touchscreen on the front and scrollwheel on the back.  Who is the unnamed “industry source” behind the prediction?
Discussion: mocoNews.net
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Simon Fluendy / Daily Mail:
Apple to launch the iPhone ‘nano’ in time for Christmas
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:   An “iPhone Nano?” Maybe, But Surely Not This One
Brooke Crothers / CNET News.com:
Intel details future ‘Larrabee’ graphics chip  —  Intel has disclosed details on a chip that will compete directly with Nvidia and ATI and may take it into unchartered technological and market-segment waters.  —  Larrabee will be a stand-alone chip, meaning it will be very different than the low-end …
Discussion: MacRumors, Engadget and TechSpot
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eWeek:
Why Microsoft Will Try Again for Yahoo in 2009  —  Insider Eric Jackson believes that it's only the second inning in the revival of Yahoo.  He expects Microsoft to return with yet another merger proposition for Yahoo next year because Microsoft still needs big help in online services.
Rachael King / Business Week:
How Cloud Computing Is Changing the World  —  A major shift in the way companies obtain software and computing capacity is under way as more companies tap into Web-based applications  —  At first, just a handful of employees at Sanmina-SCI (SANM) began using Google Apps (GOOG) …
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter will kick themselves for missing this  —  Imagine if the world of Instant Messaging had been under one roof, if one vendor had invented it, and had 100 percent market share.  Further, what if that vendor had the foresight that there would be other vendors and that compatibility between …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Foxconn Building 800,000 iPhones A Week  —  Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant that produces the iPhone 3G for Apple, has ramped up production to 800,000 units per week, says a source close to Apple with direct knowledge of the numbers.  This is “above current full capacity” and there may be some concerns with quality control.
Maths / Music 2.0:
EMI Retreats from Greater China...and Asia  —  The sun rapidly sets on the EMI empire as the guy at the top hands over entire Middle Kingdom in Typhoon deal.  —  EMI has sold off their Greater China operations and though we don't have the full details, it has also divested its interests in Japan too …
Discussion: hypebot
Wall Street Journal:
Targeted-Ad Initiative Is Crucial for MySpace  —  Questions Multiply On Site's Potential to Turn a Big Profit  —  When News Corp. reports its fiscal 2008 earnings Tuesday, investors will scrutinize the company's plans to generate more advertising revenue from the enormous amount of traffic on its MySpace social-networking Web site.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: DISH Loses Subs In Q2 On Weak Economy And Competition; EchoStar Losses Slim  —  Satellite TV operators DISH said it lost 25,000 subscribers in Q2, citing heavy competition, the growth of fiber-based TV and the weak economy.  Revenue still managed to increase 5.6 percent to $2.91 billion.
 
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Don Reisinger / Ars Technica:
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