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12:50 PM 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 …
Discussion: TechSpot, CNET News and AppScout
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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.
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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.
Apple:
iLife '09 Shipping January 27  —  Major Upgrades to iPhoto, iMovie & GarageBand  —  Apple® today announced that iLife® '09 will be available tomorrow, January 27, and features major upgrades to iPhoto®, iMovie® and GarageBand®, with breakthrough new ways to organize and manage photos …
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple equipping all Macs with iLife '09 for Tuesday launch  —  Apple will officially launch iLife '09 this Tuesday and is in the process of making sure that each new Mac that leaves its retail or online stores will include a copy of the new digital lifestyle software.
Discussion: CNET News and The Mac Observer
Intego:
New Variant of Mac Trojan Horse iServices Found in Pirated Adobe Photoshop CS4  —  Exploit: OSX.Trojan.iServices.B Trojan Horse  —  Description: Intego has discovered a new variant of the iServices Trojan horse that the company discovered on January 22, 2009.
Zach Spear / AppleInsider:
Chip complex delaying Apple's new iMac line, says analyst  —  Apple's next-generation iMacs are being held up for business reasons and a minor technical obstacle, according to one Wall Street analyst.  —  Kaufman Brothers' Shaw Wu, citing supply chain checks, says the new iMac appears …
Discussion: The Toybox and Electronista
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 …
PE Hub Blog:
ChaCha Raising $30 Million  —  ChaCha Search Inc., a Carmel, Ind.-based search startup, has secured around $11 million of a $30 million Series C round, according to a regulatory filing.  No new shareholders are listed.  The company had previously raised around $14 million from Morton Meyerson …
Discussion: Local Mobile Search and TechFlash
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Wow. ChaCha Is Raising Another $30 Million
Times of London:
Speculation grows over eBay plan to sell Skype internet telephone division  —  Chief executive's descrition of internet telephony group as great standalone business fires speculation  —  Speculation is mounting that eBay, the internet auction website, is preparing to sell Skype, its internet telephone company.
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 …
Abbey Klaasen / AdAge:
Online CPM Prices Take Tumble  —  Many Pin Blame on Web's History of a ‘Spray-and-Pray’ Medium  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Forget about first-quarter woes in the display-ad market.  For content companies, what will be more important are the long-lasting effects of a recession-induced ad slowdown …
Associated Press:
Gatehouse and New York Times Co. settle lawsuit  —  BOSTON (AP) — An agreement has been reached in a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by GateHouse Media against The New York Times Co.  —  GateHouse sued the Times, the parent company of The Boston Globe and its Boston.com Web Site …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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.
Discussion: broadstuff
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
InfoWorld:
Wireless app development marching on  —  The battered economy is not stopping wireless developers from building enterprise applications for devices, according to an Evans Data study detailed on Monday.  —  The survey of more than 400 wireless developers worldwide in the commercial …
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AMD launches more energy efficient server chips  —  AMD on Monday delivered latest installment of its 45 nanometer quad-core Opteron line-a high efficiency extension of its flagship server chips.  —  The company said that five Opteron HE processors are available in servers from HP and Rackable with Dell …
Discussion: Business Wire
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
TurboTax face-off: Treasury Secretary Geithner vs. Intuit
Discussion: CNET News
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Silicon Valley's Fork in the Road
Discussion: The Baglady
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
Isle of Man Plans Unlimited Music Downloads
Discussion: Guardian
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Band Website Displays Copyright Claim from its Own Label
Discussion: Techdirt
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA seeks sanctions against Harvard Law School prof
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Mobile VoIP Startups Looking Beyond Cheap Calls
Discussion: FierceVoIP
David Smith / Guardian:
Google plans to make PCs history
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Can Microsoft Blame Netbooks?
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Obama's Broadband Snub Wasn't A Message
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Commodore 64 emulator brings retro joy to Symbian S60
Marcel van de Hoef / Bloomberg:
Philips Halts Buyback, Slashes 6,000 Jobs After Reporting Quarterly Loss
Kevin Rose / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: p2pnet and Zef.me
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Zune: $100 Million Sales Drop Plus Layoffs Equals Questions