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1:10 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, AppScout and IntoMobile
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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
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
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.
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 …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Netflix Shrs Rally Ahead Of Earnings This Afternoon  —  Netflix (NFLX) shares are on the rise this morning ahead of the company's Q4 earnings report due after the close of trading this afternoon.  The question investors are likely to focus on: can the company continue to put up solid growth numbers …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Daniel Lyons / Newsweek:
Silicon Valley's Fork in the Road  —  Unless we spend more on technology and science, companies like Apple, HP and IBM could be eclipsed by foreign rivals.  —  From the magazine issue dated Feb 2, 2009  —  Could Silicon Valley become another Detroit?  It's hard to imagine as you crawl along …
Discussion: The Baglady
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 …
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 …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
RIAA seeks sanctions against Harvard Law School prof  —  Joel Tenenbaum's file-swapping case is being handled by a Harvard Law prof and his students, but the RIAA wants Professor Nesson censored and fined after he tries to depose a mysterious music industry lawyer.  —  Does the RIAA look at Charles Nesson and see Denny Crane?
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
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 …
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
TurboTax face-off: Treasury Secretary Geithner vs. Intuit  —  Most likely to be Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner-the man entrusted with overseeing with the Internal Revenue Service and a remaining $350 billion in bailout funds-apparently isn't so smooth when it comes to Intuit's TurboTax.
Discussion: CNET News
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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Richard Wachman / Guardian:
BT ponders return to mobile market
Associated Press:
Gatehouse and New York Times Co. settle lawsuit
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
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:
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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