Just as Motorola was getting its act together and releasing brilliant hardware after years of, well, dirge, they're now splitting down the middle into two independent companies - on one side the phone division, the other, the set-top box side. Don't glare at your Droid and vow to never put more money into Motorola, because the split is actually a good thing.
It'll make them more streamlined and focused, with equal attention being placed on each side - though the handset side will own the name and licence it to the dustier set-top box side. Sounds fair, considering we only care about the mobile division anyway, but apparently they're both raking in around the same amount in sales (approximately $US11 billion last year each).
Honestly, I never thought I'd see the day when I could write about Moto's corporate struggles and actually be able to put a positive spin on it, but it does sound like the right decision has been made up above. [NY Times]