1. Lightheaded at LucentThe lightweights at Lucent ( LU) have stumbled again. The Murray Hill, N.J., telecom-equipment maker warned late Monday of its
2. Microsoft's Lip ServiceEverything is just fine and dandy between Microsoft ( MSFT) and its good friends in Europe. The European Commission
3. New Voices in Your HeadApple ( AAPL) and Nike ( NKE) are taking marketing hype and running with it. On Thursday, the companies officially rolled out the Nike+iPod Sport Kit. The $29 product lets runners wearing certain Nike shoes measure their progress through a link with their Apple iPod. "The Nike+iPod Sport Kit allows the runner to receive audible updates on speed, distance and calories burned upon request throughout the run," Nike says. That may sound like information you could easily calculate yourself or do without. But as usual, skeptics are missing the bigger picture. "Nike+iPod will change the way people run," Nike chief Mark Parker says in a press release Wednesday. "Nike+iPod creates a better running experience." "The result," Apple CEO Steve Jobs explains in a May statement setting plans for the July product launch, "is like having a personal coach or training partner motivating you every step of your workout." Sorry, but that actually sounds like a much, much worse running experience. Dumb-o-Meter score: 85. "It will take working out to a whole other level," biking champion Lance Armstrong vacuously asserts, the Associated Press reports.
4. Motorola's Dorman BuildingMotorola ( MOT) is looking for leadership in all the wrong places. The Schaumburg, Ill., tech giant said Monday that former AT&T ( T) chief David Dorman would join the Motorola board. "David is a proven leader with 25 years of leadership experience in the telecommunications industry," said Motorola chief Ed Zander. And what leadership experience it is. Though Dorman also has run other companies, such as Pacific Bell, Concert and PointCast, he is best remembered for his well-paid tenure atop long-distance giant AT&T, which shrank alarmingly in practically every respect until Dorman sold it last November to a San Antonio rival then known as SBC. Under Dorman's tenure, as Jon Markman