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10:20 AM ET, January 26, 2009

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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 and Gearlog
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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.
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Sprint to Cut 8,000 Jobs  —  Today, troubled Sprint Nextel ( s S) said it would eliminate 8,000 jobs, freeze salaries and cut its 401 (k) match in an effort to save $1.2 billion.  Sprint has 56,000 employees today.  Only 850 of the job cuts will be voluntary, and layoffs should be completed by March 31.
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 …
Discussion: AppScout
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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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: AppScout
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Multiple Windows 7 versions coming?  Say it ain't so!  —  These pictures supposedly come from a new build of the Windows 7 beta, 7025.  It goes without saying that while we knew this was a possibility, we've been seriously wishing against it.  We hope these are fake (and they very well could be) …
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: Beyond Search and 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
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.
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
 
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David Smith / Guardian:
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Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Zune: $100 Million Sales Drop Plus Layoffs Equals Questions
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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Denise Dubie / PC World:
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Slicing Decades of Video for New Life on the Web
Discussion: broadstuff