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3:50 PM ET, January 18, 2008

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Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth-Quarter Subscriber Results, Announces Actions to Streamline Operations  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported wireless subscriber results for the fourth quarter of 2007, announced initial plans to streamline its business as part of an ongoing review …
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Reuters:
Sprint to cut 4,000 jobs  —  Sprint Nextel , the No. 3 U.S. mobile service, said on Friday it will cut about 4,000 jobs and close about 8 percent of its stores, predicting further pressure on its ability to attract subscribers and turn a profit in 2008.  —  Sprint shares fell 7 percent …
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy:
Sprint Hits the Growth Skids...4,000 Jobs Cut
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
CE-Oh no he didn't!  Part LIV: Jobs calls Robbie Bach a drunk  —  Proving once again that the truth is stranger (and more entertaining) than fiction, Steve Jobs himself delivers one of the finest Oh no he didn't moments ever.  Apparently riding high on the thrill of introducing the MacBook Air …
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
What Bugs Apple Fans  —  SAN FRANCISCO -  —  It was a moment that showed the two sides of Steve Jobs.  It was the mid-1990s, before Jobs' triumphant return to the company he founded.  Newton Munson rode in an elevator with Jobs and two of his employees at NeXT, the computer company Jobs founded after leaving Apple.
Discussion: The Mac Observer and MacDailyNews
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The “Google generation” not so hot at Googling, after all  —  A new UK report on the habits of the “Google Generation” finds that kids born since 1993 aren't quite the Internet super-sleuths they're sometimes made out to be.  For instance, are teens better with technology than older adults?
Chris Vallance / BBC:
Facebook faces privacy questions  —  Facebook is to be quizzed about its data protection policies by the Information Commissioner's Office.  —  The investigation follows a complaint by a user of the social network who was unable to fully delete their profile even after terminating their account.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK, GigaOM and Mashable!
Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
Seesmic killed the YouTube star?  —  It's not often you are presented with a vision of the future of online video in a pub in London.  —  But that's exactly what I was shown last night by celebrated French blogger, well-connected entrepreneur and Seesmic founder Loic LeMeur.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Don't miss lessons Radiohead, Trent Reznor offer  —  Musicians aren't merchants.  —  We certainly learned that through Radiohead and Trent Reznor's separate experiments with choose-your-price album promotions.  —  In October, Reznor, the leader of the band Nine Inch Nails …
Associated Press:
FCC resumes testing of Internet devices  —  WASHINGTON - Federal regulators said they will try again to test prototypes on Jan. 24 for transmitting high-speed Internet service over unused television airwaves.  —  Late Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission said the devices …
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Karl / DSLreports:
FCC Announces New White Space Broadband Tests - Microsoft …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Electronista
USA Today:
Social, work lives collide on networking websites  —  Just after her honeymoon last March, Wadooah Wali took the de rigueur next step these days: She changed her status on the networking websites Facebook and MySpace from “in a relationship” to “married” and posted pictures of her partner — another woman.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Slide Gets Big Funding?  —  Call it the Facebook Funding Effect.  —  I am still collecting details, but Slide-the San Francisco start-up whose widgets are among the most popular on Facebook and MySpace-is completing a round of funding that could value it at many times a multiple of its most recent $60 million to $80 million valuation.
Tony Ruscoe / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Sites Closer to Launch?  —  Since October 2006 when Google announced they had acquired Jotspot - the wiki hosting service which allows you to create “rich web-based spreadsheets, calendars, documents and photo galleries” by using their wiki applications - people have been waiting for Google to do something with it.
Mweller / The Ed Techie:
The Facebook lessons  —  (avlxyz - http://www.flickr.com/photo_ zoom.gne?  id=2077892948&size=l)  —  So, as I said in my last post, this will be the year Facebook fades away for many of us.  It won't disappear - I'll probably have a Facebook profile still, but I just won't use it much …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
iPhone speaker too quiet?  Stab it with needles  —  If you're like us, you feel more than a little annoyed with iPhone's speaker volume.  Yes, whether you're waiting for a call, trying to have a speakerphone conversation, or just listening for sweet DTMF tones — the thing kind of stinks.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
New Blu-ray 2.0 spec makes PS3 the most future-proof player  —  With the sudden and unexpected announcement from Warner that the studio would be abandoning HD DVD titles in favor of Blu-ray, it seemed to many observers that the high-def format war was all over, bar the shouting.
 
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Erik Hanson / Engadget:
DirecTV rolls out remote recording
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
HTC Touch coming to Verizon: People who liked the Sprint Touch …
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Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
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Adam Frucci / Gizmodo:
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Don Reisinger / Crave: The gadget blog:
If people buy consoles for software, why is the Wii so popular?
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD's earnings: off life support and headed back to black
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D.C. Googleplex: 1,100 sq. ft. per worker, and built to party
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User Comments And The Art Of Moderation
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Nokia N95 8GB, the first DLNA certified mobile
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Conjunction Junction, Google No Longer Displays Stop Words Malfunction
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Florian Jensen / Florian Jensen's Weblog:
AOL adopting XMPP aka Jabber
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Eee PC with 9-inch touchscreen in the works?
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