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9:45 AM ET, January 26, 2009

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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
RIM CEO: Buggy smartphone software is the “new reality”  —  While our experience says otherwise, we really hope that the practice of launching buggy smartphones hasn't been institutionalized.  The Wall Street Journal just published a report about the “bumpy launch” of the BlackBerry Storm …
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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 Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint To Chop 8,000 Jobs By March 31  —  Sprint Nextel (S) this morning said it will cut 8,000 jobs by March 31 as part of a program to internal and external labor costs by about $1.2 billion a year.  The total includes 850 positions expected to be eliminated under a voluntary separation plan started late last year.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Sprint:
Sprint Nextel Announces Actions to Reduce Labor Costs by about $1.2 Billion  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today announced that the company will take actions in the first quarter of 2009 to reduce internal and external labor costs by approximately $1.2 billion on an annualized basis.
Discussion: GigaOM, GPS Obsessed and Phone Scoop
Adam Sage / Times of London:
Nintendo brain-trainer ‘no better than pencil and paper’  —  A 10p pencil is just as good as a £100 Nintendo at stimulating the memory, according to a study that dismisses the DS Lite's claims to boost the brain.  —  The survey of ten-year-old children found no evidence to support claims …
Patrick Foster / Times of London:
Music pirates will not be disconnected from the internet  —  Internet service providers will not be forced to disconnect users who repeatedly flout the law by illegally sharing music and video files, The Times has learnt.  —  Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, said last year that the Government had …
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
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Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Why Has Knol Survived Google's Orphan-Project Killing Spree? (GOOG)
Discussion: broadstuff and Data Mining
Robin Harris / Storage Bits:
Windows kicks Linux to the curb  —  Gosh, that didn't take long!  —  Last July Linux had a huge opportunity to beat Windows in the red-hot netbook market (see Linux for housewives.  XP for geeks. ).  But faster than I'd expected Microsoft has kicked Linux to the curb, claiming an 80% attach rate for netbooks.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Obama's Broadband Snub Wasn't A Message  —  During his weekly radio address, President Barack Obama offered some specifics about his economic stimulus plan, but none related to the $6 billion allocated for broadband as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009.
Discussion: PC World and The White House
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Long Tail Not Dead Yet: eMusic Says It's Alive And Well  —  There have been a series of criticisms to Chris Anderson's concept of “The Long Tail” lately.  While most don't hold up under scrutiny, a few have made some good points that don't actually go against the long tail concept, but may adjust some of how people understand it.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Can Microsoft Blame Netbooks?  —  Over the last two days, a couple people have told me that Microsoft largely blames year-over-year Client revenue division declines on netbooks, which most analysts refer to as mini-notebooks.  Yes, netbooks can claim much, perhaps most, of the blame.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Wow.  ChaCha Is Raising Another $30 Million  —  ChaCha, the human-powered answers service we've written about quite a bit here on TechCrunch, is raising a Series C round of $30 million, of which close to $11 million has already been secured according to a regulatory filing, reports peHUB.
Discussion: PE Hub Blog and TechFlash
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 …
 
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Denise Lavoie / Associated Press:
GateHouse Media case against NYTimes goes to trial
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and CNET News
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Commodore 64 emulator brings retro joy to Symbian S60
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RSS-powered Windows 7 desktop slideshows
Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
Philips Halts Buyback, Slashes 6,000 Jobs After Reporting Quarterly Loss
Kevin Rose / TechCrunch:
Kevin Rose: 10 Ways To Increase Your Twitter Followers
Discussion: Zef.me and digg.com
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Zune: $100 Million Sales Drop Plus Layoffs Equals Questions
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Microsoft Songsmith Is Easy (if Painful to Hear)
Discussion: CMC and Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Lucid Imagination: Open source competition in enterprise search
Discussion: Between the Lines and Open Source
Denise Dubie / PC World:
2008: The Last Year for Awhile for IT Pay Hikes?
Discussion: Tech Sanity Check
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Technology Gets a Piece of Stimulus
Discussion: All Points Blog
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Slicing Decades of Video for New Life on the Web
Discussion: broadstuff
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Condé Nast Reshuffles Digital; No Layoffs Planned
Discussion: paidContent.org
David Smith / Guardian:
Websites ‘must be saved for history’
Discussion: jd/adobe