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Man of many faces Philippe Kahn has popped up again via another deal with Motorola. He's now being described as a 'software entrepreneur,' but we at The Reg think he'd be better tagged as a start-up chef, always ready to whip up a new confection for Big M to buy an undisclosed stake in. Philippe, also known as the man who put Borland where it is today (quite...), sold Starfish to Motorola a while back, and has now secured Motorola funding for his new outfit, LightSurf Technologies. We're told it was founded by Kahn and his wife, but we assume she's the new Mrs Kahn, as we heard the last one secured a sizeable portion of Philippe's lunch (no mean feat) in settlement as Borland crashed about his ears. As with Starfish, which built software for synchronising pocket devices and PCs, it's not entirely clear what is unique about LightSurf. The company has a system it calls ePhoto which is intended to allow photo quality images to be transmitted faster by wireless. Any uniqueness must lie in how good the technology is, rather than it being the only one of its kind, but presumably Motorola was so impressed by the class of the last not-unique technology to buy a slice of this one. ®

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