Sprint's Elfman appointed to Clearwire board; Microsoft's mobile division feeling cuts

> Sprint Nextel appointed Steve Elfman, the carrier's president of network operations and wholesale, to the board of the Clearwire Corp. Article

> In the wake of Microsoft's decision to lay off 5,000 workers, its entertainment and devices unit, which runs Windows Mobile, is reportedly getting the brunt of most of the first wave of jobs cuts. Article

> A survey by Morgan Stanley found that Verizon Wireless will report the highest subscriber growth rate for the fourth quarter, and that it stole many new customers away from Sprint Nextel. Article

> A report by Strategy Analytics found that global handset shipments fell by 10 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2008. Article

And finally... President Barack Obama will get to keep his BlackBerry after all, the White House press office confirmed yesterday. Article