Lunchtime Links: January 29, 2010

Author J.D. Salinger, 91, died Wednesday in Cornish, N.H. Salinger lived as a recluse shunning the fame brought about by the novel “The Catcher in the Rye,” a staple of high school literature classes and a manifesto of teen angst. The content of the book also leaves questions about Salinger’s legacy in the persona of protagonist Holden Caulfield.

Grammy Awards nominees are polishing up their live acts in advance of Sunday’s awards telecast.

At least according to one survey, bars and social networks are better places to make and keep friends than churches.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates pledged $10 billion over the next 10 years toward the development and distribution of vaccines to the poorest countries of the world. The offer from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation came at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Roger Federer cruised into the men’s finals of the Australian Open with a straight sets win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Federer will now face Britain’s Andy Murray in the final of the first Grand Slam of the year. Serena and Venus Williams teamed up to win the women’s doubles title in advance of Serena’s women’s singles final matchup with Justine Henin.

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