Sprint slashes 68 jobs; Palm Pre sales disappoint analyst

> Sprint Nextel has cut 68 jobs at a facility in Olathe, Kan., as part of an broader series of job cuts. Article

> Sales of the Palm Pre dropped from 200,000 units in June to 100,000 in July, according to Morgan Joseph Analyst Ilya Grozovsky, which he said means Palm is not likely to meet Wall Street expectations. Article 

> Consumers are downloading more applications than they actually use, and if the mobile industry wants to keep them interested in apps for the long haul, the focus must shift to apps that have actual, long-term utility. Commentary

> France Telecom is shutting down a research lab in Cambridge, Mass., which focused on speech recognition, interface design and microblogging. Article

And finally... The New York Times' David Pogue is keeping up his campaign to get voicemail messages shortened. Article