John Paczkowski

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Announcing the Motorola LOZR

The ongoing collapse of Motorola’s post-Razr phone business is not due to a failure of innovation and leadership. Nor is it the result of a string of management, marketing and product blunders. No. Motorola’s decline isn’t Motorola’s (MOT) fault at all. It’s Apple’s (AAPL). Specifically, it’s the fault of Michael Fenger, Apple’s VP of global iPhone sales. Fenger once oversaw Motorola’s mobile-device business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa–until this past March when he jumped ship for Cupertino, allegedly taking a bunch of Motorola’s trade secrets with him.

On Friday Motorola sued Fenger, accusing him of divulging its operating strategies, marketing initiatives and whatnot to further the success of Apple’s new iPhone mobile platform. “[Fenger] was privy to the pricing, margins, customer initiatives, allocation of resources, product development, multi-year product, business and talent planning and strategies being used by Motorola,” the mobile-phone maker alleged in its complaint. It fears he handed that information over to Apple. And presumably, that’s the reason Motorola hasn’t been making phones that people want to buy.

Anyway, in addition to damages, Motorola seeks a court order barring Fenger from working at Apple. The company also hopes to recoup more than $1 million for Fenger’s alleged violation of stock-option agreements. And, perhaps, even the market share it has ceded to rivals in the past few years.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik