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8:50 PM ET, July 19, 2007

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Google:
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 …
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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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google isn't perfect: Earnings fall short of expectations  —  Google reported second quarter earnings of $925 million, or $2.93 a share, but that wasn't enough to satisfy Wall Street.  —  Excluding charges, Google reported earnings Thursday of $1.12 billion, or $3.56 a share.
Discussion: eWEEK.com and WebProNews
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Wall Street pouts after Google earnings
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google's profit falls short, shares drop
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Rob Hof / Business Week:
Fancy That! Google Misses on Earnings
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Microsoft:
Microsoft's Annual Revenue Surpasses $50 Billion  —  Double-digit revenue and EPS growth fueled by Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30 …
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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.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Acquires Parakey  —  Just received word from Facebook that the company has made its first acquisition: Parakey, a startup founded by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, co-founders of Mozilla Firefox.  Ross and Hewitt will join Facebook immediately to work on the Facebook Platform.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FaceBook's First Acquisition: Parakey  —  Their first acquisition: Facebook has bought Parakey, the yet-to-launch "web operating system" created by Mozilla co-founders Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt.  The price isn't being disclosed, but Facebook should be issuing a press release this afternoon.
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and Neomeme
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook's first acquisition: secretive start-up Parakey
Discussion: All Facebook
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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John Murrell / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Ooma features free calling, direct lines to top bloggers
Valleywag:
Deathwatch: Why Ooma is dooma'd
Discussion: CrunchGear
Jeffobrien / The Browser:
Ooma punks VOIP market - with help from Ashton Kutcher
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
house.gov:
Rush Opens Investigation of Privacy, Competition issues in Proposed Google/DoubleClick Merger  —  Letter to Federal Trade Commission  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Chairman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), opened an investigation into the far-reaching privacy …
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Associated Press:   Congress Eyes Google-DoubleClick Deal
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
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
AMD parts with profits in Q2  —  AMD suffered from the same desktop chip syndrome as rival Intel during its second quarter, as the company handed in another loss.  —  The chip maker's Q2 revenue increased double-digits to $1.4bn.  But perfect year-over-year comparisons remain tough to come by …
Discussion: Reuters
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AMD:
AMD Reports Second Quarter Results
Discussion: TechSpot News and The Tech Report
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Irina Slutsky Leaves PodTech  —  Online video network PodTech, citing a shift in focus, let go of web video personality Irina Slutsky on Wednesday.  Slutsky, who had been with PodTech for a year, had brought with her the web show Geek Entertainment TV, and had helped PodTech put on the red-carpet Vloggies awards event last year.
Discussion: WebProNews and Podcasting News
Alexander Wolfe / InformationWeek:
Too Many Linux Distros Make For Open Source Mess  —  Remember the 1980s worries about how the "forking" of Unix could hurt that operating system's chances for adoption?  That was nothing compared to the mess we've got today with Linux, where upwards of 300 distributions vie for the attention …
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.
 
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Analyst: Apple gets a cut of AT&T iPhone revenue
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