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12:40 AM ET, January 26, 2009


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Wall Street Journal:
Bumpy Start for BlackBerry Storm  —  Verizon Wireless and Research In Motion Ltd. have high hopes for the BlackBerry Storm, which they spent nearly two years developing as their big response to Apple Inc.'s iPhone.  —  But despite a marketing campaign that cost more than $100 million, the smart phone has gotten off to a bumpy start.
New York Times:
$200 Laptops Break a Business Model  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The global credit crisis may have caused the decline in consumer and business spending that is assaulting the giants of high tech.  But as the dominant technology companies try to emerge from this slump, they may find themselves blaming people …
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan /
Twitter is 2009's Facebook, With Less Upside  —  Twitter is making the same mistakes Facebook did, which are:  — raising money instead of generating any,  — letting the valuation get ahead of realistic business prospects which will make any M&A nearly impossible,
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Has Knol Survived Google's Orphan-Project Killing Spree?  (GOOG)  —  We had thought Google (GOOG) was all about frugality and focus now: In recent months, the search giant has been killing off failed experiments like Twitter-rival Jaiku, mobile social networking service Dodgeball and virtual world Lively.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Matt Cutts
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Technology Gets a Piece of Stimulus  —  The time-tested way for governments to create jobs in a hurry is to pour money into old-fashioned public works projects like roads and bridges.  President Obama's economic recovery plan will do that, but it also has some ambitious 21st century twists.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Competition in the eBook Market  —  There's been a lot of buzz on forward-looking publisher mailing lists in the past few days about Robert Darnton's piece in the New York Review of Books, Google and the Future of Books.  When it hit techmeme today, I thought it might be appropriate to share …
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Cash-rich US techs guard purse strings  —  The biggest US technology companies may have a surfeit of cash but leading industry executives have dashed hopes that they will use those resources to return money to shareholders or step up acquisitions in the downturn.
Discussion: Clickety Clack
Denise Dubie / PC World:
2008: The Last Year for Awhile for IT Pay Hikes?  —  Salaries improved for IT professionals in 2008, but many worry the trend won't continue into 2009 as they face pay decreases, workload increases and headcount reductions.  —  According to a survey conducted by Dice, a career site …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast Reshuffles Digital; No Layoffs Planned  —  Condé Nast's famously Byzantine digital strategy may be getting a little bit easier to understand: The company's Web operations, which had been splintered into two groups, are getting melded into one, which will be run by Condé digital exec Sarah Chubb.
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Slicing Decades of Video for New Life on the Web  —  SILVER SPRING, Md. — Media companies are rushing to repackage their videos for the Internet, and some say they can hardly keep up with advertiser demand for more.  Video clips of TV shows and behind-the-scenes outtakes are omnipresent online — but how do they get there?
Luke Hutchison:
Zoom-Zoom-Zoom — Get Multi-Touch Zooming Support on your T-Mobile G1 TODAY  —  I posted recently to show that working multi-touch input is available on the T-Mobile G1 phone.  Now the necessary changes to the Android software stack are finally in good shape, and the software is easily installable on your own phone.
Discussion: Boy Genius Report and GPS Obsessed
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint Treo Pro spotted in the wild, specs and all  —  Thanks, Best Buy — we owe you [one] another.  Yet again, we're getting our first real live look at a recently unveiled Sprint handset courtesy of the big box retailer, and this time it's the CDMA version of Palm's Treo Pro.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Android app destroying G1 users' memory?
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Chris Early, head of Games for Windows Live, among the layoffs

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