Tidbit Tuesday: Barnes & Noble offers Wi-Fi, Verizon to slash jobs

Aaron Baker
Writer from  Dallas, TX
| July 28, 2009

Since we can't actively cover every news article that breaks (as
much as we would love to), PhoneDog compiles various announcements and
press releases that have been published throughout the week and places
them in one easy to read article.  Enjoy!

(Formerly known as "Weekly News In Review")

Barnes & Noble to offer free Wi-Fi
Thanks to a modification of the company's agreement with AT&T, Barnes & Noble will offer free Wi-Fi in all of their retail locations.  Customers will be able to receive free alerts for coupons and author appearances, as well as a free application that offers access to the company's eBookstore.  With 700,000 available titles, the application will be available for the iPhone, iPod, BlackBerry, PC, and Mac platforms.  Via PhoneArena

Verizon to slash 8,000 jobs
Following a 21 percent drop in profits for the second quarter of 2009, Verizon Communications announced its intent to cut 8,000 jobs by the end of the year.  According to reports, the 8,000 jobs will come from the company's fixed line side, and will affect both employees and contractors.  Additionally, the company is expected to slow hiring across all units until economic situations improve.
Via Financial Times

Sidekick Sync arrives, offers users Exchange support
Promised at the launch of the Sidekick LX 2009, T-Mobile has finally brought Sidekick Sync to those hard-working individuals that want to have a fun phone, but have had to resort to a "boring work phone" that supported Microsoft Exchange.  Offering Exchange features such as push email, attachment viewing, calendar and contact sync, the service will cost $4.99 per month, and is available in the Download Catalog.  Via Engadget Mobile

T-Mobile HTC Touch Pro2 specification sheet leaked, coming August 12th?
Though we've seen leaked pictures of the Touch Pro2 sporting various carrier logos, T-Mobile seems to be the first nationwide carrier with a concrete intent to launch the device in the future.  Offering Windows Mobile 6.1, touchscreen, 3G connectivity, a 3.2 megapixel camera, and a sliding QWERTY keyboard, the device is rumored to land on August 12th.  Via CellPhoneSignal