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Motorola Mobility Unveils Much-Anticipated Xoom Android Tablet

Just a day after Motorola split in two, its mobility division has unveiled the much-anticipated Xoom, the first tablet to run on a tablet-specific version of Android version called Honeycomb. Could this tablet be the one to give the Apple iPad a run for its money?

Motorola Splits Into Two Very Different Companies

Now broken up, the Motorolas have distinct corporate personalities: the riskier but higher-growth potential Motorola Mobility, which includes Droid smartphones, and the steadier Motorola Solutions, which makes things like bar-code scanners.

The Year in Tech: Top 10 Highlights of 2010

A broad array of technology news helped define 2010, from the launch of Apple's iPad to the arrival of the app to a supernova of Internet stock gains. Here's a look back at those major stories -- and a glimpse of some highlights you can expect next year.

Motorola Buys Zecter to Drive Motoblur Growth

Motorola snapped up virtual media storage maker Zecter, moving to bolster its Motoblur service and drive growth ahead of its split next month into Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions.

Google Tries Redialing the Smartphone Handset Market

After quickly failing with its Nexus 1 smartphone, Google is back with a Samsung-made device. This time, though, it'll depend on Best Buy to deal with customers, set up contracts and attend to all the other details that tripped up Google's first attempt.

Motorola's Problems in a
Single Word: iPhone

After 80 years of tech achievements, Motorola has run into a nemesis that's unlike others it has overcome in the past. And it's not for lack of trying. Even as Motorola prepares to split itself and launches new products, it keeps getting upstaged by the iPhone.

For Nokia Siemens Joint Venture, an IPO Down the Line?

Nokia Siemens Networks' chief financial officer says the telecom equipment maker may launch an IPO in its distant future, a move that could help its current efforts to sell a chunk of its stock to private equity buyers.

Motorola Targets Microsoft With Patent Infringement Suit

In the latest round of a fight between two technology giants, Motorola punched back at Microsoft Wednesday with a patent infringement lawsuit. Its subsidiary, Motorola Mobility, filed 16 infringement claims against the software giant over its Windows mobile software, as well as its PC and server software and Xbox products.

Android OS Gains in Smartphone Race as All Others Slip

Apple's iPhone operating system software stumbled in the third quarter, losing year-over-year quarterly market share for the first time, as Google's Android mobile operating system pulled further ahead, according to a Gartner Research report released Wednesday.

Goodbye BlackBerry, Hello iPhone

Employees who are tried of carrying both a company issued BlackBerry and a personal smart phone are pushing their employers to allow their personal devices onto corporate networks. Unfortunately for Research In Motion, employers seem to be listening.

Apple Sues Motorola for Alleged Patent Infringement

What, you didn't think Apple was just going to sit around and take it after Motorola first sued for patent infringement and then asked to court to declare some 20 of Cupertino's patents weren't applicable to its products, did you? Apple's fired back with two lawsuits claiming that Motorola's Android phones, including but not limited to the Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, Cliq, Cliq XT, BackFlip, Devour A555, Devour i1, and Charm, infringe a total of six multitouch and OS patents.

Motorola Turnaround Plan Gains Steam in Third Quarter

Motorola (MOT) delivered its first quarter of profitability and annual revenue growth since 2006 when it posted its third quarter results Thursday, beating analysts estimates and shoring up Wall Street's confidence that the company is poised to make good on its turnaround efforts.

Gemalto Sues Google Over Android OS

Gemalto NV, a Dutch maker of security software, sued Google (GOOG), saying that the Android smartphone operating system used its software without permission. The complaint accuses Google of improperly including Gemalto%u2019s Java Card technology in the Android development platform, Bloomberg News said.

A Busy Selling Season Ahead for Motorola's Sanjay Jah

Co-CEO Jha not only has to persuade consumers to buy the new smartphones he just unveiled. He also has to convince investors to buy Motorola stock as it prepares to divide into two companies, Motorola Mobility and Motorola Solutions. He'll be CEO of Motorola Mobility.

Motorola Joins
the Patent Wars,
Suing Apple

No less than four major mobile companies -- Apple, HTC, Microsoft and now Motorola -- are currently suing each other over cell-phone technology. At issue is the intellectual property that underlies several popular mobile devices.

Verizon Wireless to Sell Motorola's Business Smartphone, Droid Pro

Verizon Wireless will sell the Droid Pro, Motorola%u2019s (MOT) first device for business customers that uses the Google (GOOG) Android operating platform. The new device will feature corporate-level security on e-mails, Reuters reported. It will also support Flash software and have Wi-Fi short-range wireless connections so users can stay connected in areas of weak cell phone coverage.

Microsoft Sues Motorola, Saying Android Violates Patents

Microsoft has sued Motorola, a key Google partner, for allegedly infringing upon nine Microsoft patents. The software giant says Motorola's Android based smartphones use technology owned by Microsoft "that are essential to the smartphone user experience."

Motorola Buys Location-Based Software Firm Aloqa

Motorola is snapping up location-based software maker Aloqa as part of its strategy to differentiate its smartphones with the help of software. Aloqa's technology pushes information to smartphone users about events or special offers from merchants near their locations.

Oprah and Wal-Mart Bring Smartphones to Main Street

How can you tell that smartphones aren't just for tech geeks and corporate types tethered to their email anymore? When Oprah Winfrey gives Motorola Defys to her whole studio audience, and Wal-Mart says it's launching its own mobile service, you have to say the devices have gone mainstream.

FCC's Super WiFi Plan Has Big Potential

White Spaces The Federal Communications Commission is poised to open up a new chunk of wireless spectrum that could soon be used to blanket small towns with wireless signals. The FCC is expected to vote on Sept. 23 to open up the wireless spectrum between TV channels for public use.

Analyst: A Verizon iPhone Won't Hurt Motorola; AT&T May Embrace Android

With many analysts expecting Apple's iPhone to hit Verizon Wireless early next year, what will the impact be on Motorola, one of Verizon's top partners on Google's Android operating system? Gleacher's Mark McKechnie says Motorola will continue to benefit despite Verizon's iPhone roll-out.

Why Android Keeps Gaining Ground on iPhone

First, Android is getting better, faster and stronger with each iteration, especially on phones with higher-end processors. Second, iPhone's limited availability via only AT&T is hampering Apple's ability to bring in new customers. But that could soon change.

The Difficult Job of Dignifying Hard Work

Mike Rowe's role as host of "Dirty Jobs" puts him hip deep into the roughest, toughest and filthiest jobs in America. But for the past two years, he's had a second job -- running MikeRoweWorks, a website and foundation that advocates for good-old, honest blue-collar work.

Face-Off on Stocks: Research In Motion, Nokia, Motorola

Not too long ago, Research In Motion, Nokia and Motorola each enjoyed the sort of market-dominating mojo that Apple and Google boast today. But all three have slipped badly and their shares have tanked. The question now, is whether these companies can regain lost ground and if their fallen stocks are now good values.