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5:25 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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Seeking Alpha:
Microsoft F3Q07 (Qtr End 3/31/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Kirk Materne - Banc of America Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Welcome to the Microsoft 2007 fiscal year third quarter earnings conference call.
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Strong Quarter at Microsoft, and an Upbeat '08 Outlook, Bring Wall St. a Sigh of Relief  —  Microsoft reported quarterly sales and profits that surpassed Wall Street's expectations yesterday, suggesting that early sales of its new Windows Vista operating system were off to a solid start.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Profits  —  Robust demand for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system drives 72% growth in earnings per share  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $14.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 …
John McBride / Ars Technica:
Vista, Office 2007 drive record profits for Microsoft
Discussion: Reuters and TechSpot News
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft is dead in theory
Discussion: Channel 9
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
'$100 laptop' to cost $175  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The founder of the ambitious "$100 laptop" project, which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, revealed Thursday that the machine for now costs $175, and it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Negroponte suggests the OLPC can support Windows, may hit US schools  —  Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the OLPC, Negroponte, and the Sugar interface, in comes the man himself using the "W" word in an open-sourced conversation.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Michael Gartenberg:   OLPC - Overview  —  As mentioned, I was invited yesterday along …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:   U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop  —  Is Linux finally ready to take on Windows as a desktop OS?  We tried out both Vista and Ubuntu on individual PCs to see which works better.  Here's who won.  —  The prevailing wisdom about Linux on the desktop runs something like this …
Discussion: Download Squad, digg and Slashdot
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sold on eBay, Shipped by Amazon.com  —  Your next eBay purchase could arrive at your door in a brown Amazon.com box.  —  Amazon.com, the online retailer, is expanding a program designed to allow independent sellers to use its network of distribution centers to store and ship their products …
Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:
Firefox Extension: Smart Digg Button  —  The Smart Digg Button extension for Firefox places a button in your status bar.  It uses the newly released Digg API to determine if the web page you are currently viewing has been submitted to Digg.  —  If the page you are viewing has been submitted to Digg …
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:   FIREFOX GETS TIGHT WITH DIGG
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Akamai Releases FoxTorrent 1.0 - Firefox BitTorrent Add-on  —  Red Swoosh (acquired by Akamai for $15 million earlier this month) released v1.0 of FoxTorrent today.  This is a fully functional BitTorrent client for Firefox that works cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) …
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P2P Blog:
Foxtorrent: First review of Akamai's new Firefox Bittorrent extension
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Six Basic Truths of Free APIs  —  Amazon and Google have recently shattered a common misconception: that free APIs are a commons of goodies to be built on top of for fun and profit, like open source software.  If you think that, then here are six things you need to know about free APIs:
Discussion: Vincent Maher
Kotaku:
Blizzard Working on "Next-Gen MMO"  —  360 Launches in the Middle East  —  While we were busy yesterday following the Kutaragi news, over in the United Arab Emirates they were celebrating the launch of a brand new video game console for the region, the Microsoft Xbox 360.
Discussion: Crave and WOW Insider
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizz Confirms New Product Next Month
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
Microsoft mulling major changes to ward off .ANI-type flaws  —  How did the super-critical animated cursor (.ani) vulnerability get past all the strict code review, fuzz testing and other defense-in-depth mitigations built into Windows Vista?  —  Michael Howard (left) has the answer …
Discussion: Slashdot
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Sdl / The Security Development Lifecycle:
Lessons learned from the Animated Cursor Security Bug
Chris Kohler / Game | Life:
Kaz Hirai's Post-Kutaragi Metamorphosis  —  Upon leaving his native Japan to head up Sony Computer Entertainment America, Kazuo Hirai adopted the nickname "Kaz", polished up his already-fluent English, and masterfully transitioned into American business culture.
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Is Zunch Communications' Bankruptcy a Sign of Things to Come?  —  Zunch Communications has declared bankruptcy, but Zunch Worldwide lives on.  The new entity bought the assets and took on some of the debts of SEM firm Zunch Communications in October 2006, and that company finally filed for bankruptcy last week.
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Bill May Save Net Radio  —  On Thursday a bill that could save Internet radio was submitted to Congress.  The bill, Internet Radio Equality Act, would stop a new royalty scheme that Internet broadcasters say will shut them down because it will cost them too much money.
Ryan Block:
Why I bought a TiVo Series3  —  I'm a huge fan of Windows Media Center.  I really do think it's one of the best things Microsoft's done in years, and they really nailed an intuitive, easy to use alternative to TiVo's best-of-breed DVR.  Foolishly, I expected to see some Vista CableCARD machines …
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
A tale of two Web 2.0 conferences and mashups  —  I've just come off a whirlwind conference tour that started in San Francisco last week with Web 2.0 Expo and ended with the Web 2.0 Kongress yesterday in Frankfurt.  I was fortunate enough to be able to speak at both conferences and it was fascinating …
Mark Wallace / 3pointD.com:
Second Life Build Tools Support More Formats  —  Without an announcement on its official blog, Linden Lab, makers of the virtual world of Second Life, seems to have introduced a new capability for its in-world building tools that will allow them to better support established formats …
Lifehacker:
LIFEHACKER TOP 10: LH Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks  —  Is that a gigabyte in your pocket?  And are you putting it to good use?  The explosion of USB thumb drives gives anyone the ability take some serious file storage space along with their house keys.  —  Developers and road warriors …
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Tony Smith / The Register:
Sony snapper to see further with 6x optical zoom  —  Receive the days biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Sony will next month upscale the optics of its Cyber-shot S series of digital cameras - 'S' for 'solid', if ours is anything to go by - with a 6x optical zoom lens.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gadget Lab
Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Jamglue's Growth and Scaling  —  Jamglue is a Seattle-based, YCombinator company that has grown quickly since its launch in December 2006.  They are an audio remixing site that allows for simple sharing of audio samples across its members through a searchable database and social network.
Discussion: Listening Post
 
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Moving fuels shift from wireline service
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Acer to buy small PC vendor — but not Gateway, it says
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Schools take wait-and-see approach after Ohio U bans P2P traffic
Discussion: Listening Post
Terence Poon / Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Make Gains in China By Giving Units Greater Autonomy
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Protecting your security online
Discussion: WebProNews and TheGoogleCache
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Office 2003 to get security upgrade
 

 
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