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5:45 PM ET, July 19, 2007

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Microsoft's Annual Revenue Surpasses $50 Billion  —  Double-digit revenue and EPS growth fueled by Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system  —  REDMOND, Wash., July 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT - News) today announced revenue of $13.37 billion …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft earnings today: Xbox 360, Windows Vista  —  Microsoft's recently announced $1 billion charge for Xbox 360 malfunctions is expected to take its toll when the company reports financial results for its fourth quarter and 2007 fiscal year after the stock market closes today.
CNNMoney.com:   Microsoft earnings meet, sales beat
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft earnings hit target; client, business divisions shine
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Ooma wants voice to be free  —  Voice over the Internet, so far, has been a game of cheap minutes, shoddy quality, and unreliable connections.  It's also been a money-losing proposition.  The promise of voice being free has remained just that - a promise.  Palo Alto-based startup Ooma promises …
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Rachel Konrad / Associated Press:
Ooma Inc. Offers Free Domestic Calls
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Olga Kharif / Business Week:
A Web Phone Called ooma
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google Slides 5% After Hours As Q2 EPS Comes In Light  —  Google (GOOG) shares are falling what turned out to be a slightly disappointing second quarter.  —  Revenues were $3.87 billion, or $2.72 billion ex-TAC, with pro forma EPS of $3.56; the Street was looking for $2.68 billion revenues ex-TAC, and $3.59 a share.
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Google Announces Second Quarter 2007 Results  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2007.  —  "Our performance once again demonstrates the strength of our core search and ads business.  The growth in our global traffic combined …
Discussion: Valleywag, HipMojo.com and SeekingAlpha
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google earnings fall short of expectations
Discussion: WebProNews
Kasper Jade / AppleInsider:
Sources: Apple set to grow iPhone family pre-holidays  —  Apple Inc. this fall plans to accelerate its assault on the 1 billion unit worldwide cell phone market with a second incarnation of its iPhone handset that will likely appeal to an even larger audience, AppleInsider has learned.
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Reuters:
Vodafone "looks forward" to 3G iPhone version
Discussion: Engadget
CNNMoney.com:
Senate looking at Google-DoubleClick  —  Executives from search engine firm, its target DoubleClick, and competitors expected to appear at antitrust hearing.  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Lawmakers in Congress plan to hold hearings to air concerns about Google Inc.'s proposed acquisition of Web advertising supplier DoubleClick Inc.
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Scott Ferguson / eWEEK.com:
HP Is Tops in Worldwide PC Shipment—Again
Discussion: WebProNews and PC World
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pageflakes Blizzard Release Launches  —  Customized home page startup Pageflakes launched a slew of new features this morning under what it is calling its "Blizzard" release.  —  Among all of the new features, the two that are important to highlight are social networking and customizable themes on pages.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
It is time to stop the spread of Vista SP1 misinformation!  —  Microsoft wants you to be informed about the current state of the Windows Vista SP1 beta.  —  (Not really, but they are pretending they do....)  —  Here is the latest official missive on Vista SP1 from Microsoft headquarters:
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
LOOKS LIKE YOUTUBE IS GOING WIDESCREEN  —  While perusing YouTube last night, I noticed the thumbnails for all the YouTube videos had all of a sudden switched from the regular standard dimensions to more of a widescreen size.  You can see the change in the screenshot, something Gizmodo noticed, too.
Tony Smith / The Register:
The IBM ThinkPad: 15 years old today  —  Receive the day's biggest stories by email, sign up here  —  Forgotten Tech The ThinkPad is 15 today.  Sort of.  Launched by IBM and now made by Lenovo, the black-clad laptop family quickly established itself as an icon, in many ways re-establishing …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch Acquires InviteShare  —  Getting invitations to private betas can be a frustrating experience for early adopters.  If you don't know someone who's already in the beta it could end up being a very long wait.  Over the last few years invitations for some betas were so hard …
 
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Mark Hefflinger / Digital Media Wire:
Digitized New Harry Potter Book Leaked Online
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Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
The Impact of Facebook's Platform
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Charting the $480 billion US spectrum giveaway
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Irina Slutsky Leaves PodTech
Discussion: WebProNews
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
What Google is, and isn't, doing in video games
Associated Press:
Swedish woman gets superfast Internet
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Tim Mullaney / Bloomberg:
McClatchy, New York Times Hit as Housing Moves to Web
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NETELLER Announces Settlement of US Situation
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Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Too Many Linux Distros Make For Open Source Mess
Nick Carr / Guardian:
How corporations still control the marketing conversation
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Reuters:
Toshiba recalls more Sony PC batteries
Nokia:
Nokia makes finding yourself faster with new A-GPS service
PRWeb:
Azureus' Vuze Joins WatchMojo.com's Original Web Video Syndication Network
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National Design Awards Presented At White House
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Scripps Buys User-Gen Recipes Site Recipezaar; Reportedly Around $25 Million
 

 
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