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Share Tip, Share Loss As a consequence of having to attend the Dow Jones conference in London, yesterday, we also had to talk to other people besides Intel. You wouldn't believe it from our level of Intel coverage, but it is true... One very nice lass who worked for Madge Networks but neglected to leave her card in our tender care, told a guy from Motorola that her company was no longer interested in Token Ring. We'd been talking to the cellular guy before Madge arrived, so were able to talk to him after she left. The guy, at Motorola for thirteen years, confirmed the share price had risen by the $16 in the last 10 years but when we asked him why, he gave us some interesting facts. He said the semiconductor division has been forgotten by Motorola management. Instead, Motorola has some good mobile stuff which competes excellently against Nokia and Ericsson, at last. We said: "Why does the world and its dog think Nokia is a Japanese rather than a Finnish corporation?" He said: "When I joined Motorola, I thought it was a Japanese corporation..." ®

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