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1:35 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.
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 Data Mining
Matt Cutts / Gadgets, Google, and SEO:
Four Things You Need To Know About Knol  —  Recently Google mentioned that 100,000 different articles have been posted to Google Knol.  I've been meaning to talk about Google Knol for a while, because there's a few things you need to know.  It seemed especially relevant after I saw …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD fills out its server product line in salvo at Intel  —  The tennis match continues.  Advanced Micro Devices and Intel are in a duel for the top performance in microprocessors.  Today, AMD is taking a swing with the launch of its new series of server processors for high-end computers and Internet servers.
Discussion: eWeek, The Register and Computerworld
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,
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Lucid Imagination: Open source competition in enterprise search  —  A San Mateo, Calif. startup called Lucid Imagination is launching today with the goal of supporting (and making money from) Apache Lucene and Solr, open source search products that power high-profile websites like Netflix and and Ticketmaster.
Discussion: Open Source and CMC
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.
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.
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 …
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?
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
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Microsoft Songsmith Is Easy (if Painful to Hear)  —  CALLING all novice songwriters: Microsoft is pitching software designed for you, no musical training required.  You sing the words as best you can, and its Songsmith software supplies computer-matched musical accompaniment.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Gawker
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