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7:25 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: WebProNews
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google's profit falls short, shares drop
Discussion: paidContent.org
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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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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook's first acquisition: secretive start-up Parakey  —  Facebook has acquired Parakey, a Mountain View, Calif., startup that had been working on a new way for people to work seamlessly on applications while online and offline.  —  Founded by former Mozilla Firefox browser developers Blake Ross …
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
The Impact of Facebook's Platform
Discussion: techno.blog
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
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
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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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.
Roger O. Crockett / Business Week:
Zander May Be Running Out of Minutes  —  As profits vanish, is Motorola preparing to kick its CEO upstairs?  —  The board of directors at troubled Motorola Inc. has begun exploring options for the succession of embattled Chief Executive Edward J. Zander, BusinessWeek has learned.
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 …
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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Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
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Nokia:
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