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10:55 PM ET, January 25, 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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Twitter Said To Be Raising More Cash, Valued at $250 Million  —  Twitter is rumored to be raising $20 million (or more) in venture capital funding at a valuation that would peg the Twitter to be worth $200 million or higher.  IVP, a late stage VC investor is rumored to have signed on, reports TechCrunch.
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Twitter is 2009's Facebook, With Less Upside
Discussion: louisgray.com
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
No Revenue? No Problem. More Money for Twitter on the Way.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Raising New Cash At $250 Million Valuation
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 …
Discussion: GottaBeMobile.com
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: Matt Cutts
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 …
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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
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?
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.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Bluetooth File Transfer Coming Soon (YES!)  —  Trust the rogue programmers and Cydia—the independent equivalent to the iTunes App Store—to bring you one of the most awaited features ever for the iPhone: Bluetooth file transfer.  —  As you can see in the video, iBluetooth will bring you just that …
Discussion: CrunchGear and 9 to 5 Mac
David Smith / Guardian:
Websites ‘must be saved for history’  —  Historians face a “black hole” of lost material unless urgent action is taken to preserve websites and other digital records, the head of the British Library has warned.  —  Just as families store digital photos on computers which might never be passed …
Chris Gampat / Geek.com:
Android app destroying G1 users' memory?  —  A new app called MemoryUp Personal appears to be responsible for the destruction of many G1 users' memory, as stated in the comments about the app in Android's App Market.  The app, created by Peter Liu, is being called a “scam” by users in the App Market.
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Sprint Treo Pro spotted in the wild, specs and all
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Why you can't find a library book in your search engine
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Jesse Stay / louisgray.com:
Learn More About Who You Follow With TweepSearch
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Carol Bartz's First-Week-at-Yahoo Memo to the Troops
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Chris Early, head of Games for Windows Live, among the layoffs
Discussion: paidContent.org
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook screws iFart author