HTC launches Touch Cruise phone; Clearwire names new CFO

> HTC launched a new touchscreen phone, the Touch Cruise, with Footprints geotagging technology. It will be sold unlocked in North America for $500-$600 in the second quarter. Article, FierceWireless slideshow

> Clearwire Corp. named industry veteran David Sach its new CFO, effective Feb. 2, 2009. Release

> AT&T announced it was selling 235 of its cellular towers to Global Tower Partners across 24 states for an undisclosed sum. Article

> Sprint Nextel quietly launched Palm's Treo Pro on its website. The phone is being sold for $249.99 with a two-year contract and after rebates. Article

> Microsoft made its first-ever round of large layoffs, as the software giant announced it would cut 5,000 jobs amid the economic recession. Article (sub. req.)

> Alcatel-Lucent won a major contract to deploy a new backhaul network for Hungarian operator Pannon GSM. Article

> The WiMAX Forum launched its Global Roaming Program which will allow operators and vendors to get the information they need to establish WiMAX roaming services. Article

And finally... Japan's Hello Kitty has been imported to Taiwan to help relax anxious mothers in maternity wards at hospitals, with the kitty emblazoned on everything from cribs to blankets. Article