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6:10 AM ET, January 26, 2009

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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: broadstuff and Data Mining
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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 …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Kevin Rose / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose: 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers  —  This guest post is written by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg and the cofounder of Revision3 and Pownce.  Kevin, who has over 88,000 followers on Twitter (making him the second most followed after President Obama), also “bloggs” at kevinrose.com.
Discussion: Zef.me
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Zune: $100 Million Sales Drop Plus Layoffs Equals Questions  —  Microsoft's Entertainment and Devices division, particularly the Zune group, reportedly was hit hard in Thursday's unprecedented layoff of 1,400 employees and plans to cut up to 3,600 more jobs.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
Philips Halts Buyback, Slashes 6,000 Jobs After Reporting Quarterly Loss  —  Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) — Royal Philips Electronics NV, Europe's largest maker of consumer electronics, said it will eliminate 6,000 jobs and halt its share buyback program after reporting its first quarterly loss in almost six years.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Long Zheng / istartedsomething:
RSS-powered Windows 7 desktop slideshows  —  Desktop themes are making a comeback in Windows 7 with many new styling options to make sure it's easy to create, mix and share your unique themes.  And many there are already, including Paul Thurrott's collection and various OSX inspired theme packs.
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
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
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.
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
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,
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Denise Dubie / PC World:
2008: The Last Year for Awhile for IT Pay Hikes?
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Slicing Decades of Video for New Life on the Web
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast Reshuffles Digital; No Layoffs Planned
Discussion: paidContent.org
Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Cash-rich US techs guard purse strings
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
CNN Uses P2P Plugin for its Live Stream
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David Smith / Guardian:
Websites ‘must be saved for history’
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Sprint Treo Pro spotted in the wild, specs and all
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Bluetooth File Transfer Coming Soon (YES!)
Discussion: CrunchGear and 9 to 5 Mac
Chris Gampat / Geek.com:
Android app destroying G1 users' memory?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Competition in the eBook Market