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8:50 AM ET, July 20, 2007

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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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could Facebook Become The Next Microsoft?  —  Amongst all the noise today over Facebook's acquisition of Parakey, little has been said on what the acquisition means for Facebook in the broader sense.  Robert Scoble says that Facebook is the new data black hole, noting that many of his favorite apps are now appearing on Facebook.
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Kottke is wrong — Facebook isn't AOL; it's Visual Basic.  —  For about a year or two, i've been meaning to do a followup piece on how Google, Microsoft, & Yahoo all screwed the pooch by not building out a REAL web application OS worth developing apps for, but i'm too late.  —  GYM is Old & Busted.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
FaceBook's First Acquisition: Parakey  —  Their first acquisition: Facebook has bought Parakey, the yet-to-launch "web operating system" created by Firefox co-founders Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt.  The price isn't being disclosed, but Facebook should be issuing a press release this afternoon.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook: the new data black hole  —  Oh, my.  —  I added the Wordpress Facebook Application a few days ago.  Now my blog, and your comments, are showing up on my Facebook Profile Page.  Along with my Twitters.  My Flickr photos.  My Google Reader items.  My Kyte videos.  And a bunch of other things.
Blake Ross:   Facebook Goes Public (withnewsaboutitsrecentacquisitionofPar akey, Inc.)
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Facebook's first acquisition: secretive start-up Parakey
Discussion: ParisLemon
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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Discussion: SeekingAlpha and GigaOM
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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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New hires, datacenter investments evident in Microsoft earnings
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft
irconnect.com:
Ask.com to Give People Unmatched Privacy Control  —  Ask.com(R), a leading search engine and wholly-owned business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced it will soon be implementing a new product called AskEraser that will offer its searchers unmatched control over their privacy when searching for information on the Web.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Ask.com To Launch AskEraser To Erase Search History & New Data Retention Policy  —  Ask.com announced that they will be launching "AskEraser" in the near future, a feature to allow you to erase your search history.  Ask also said it will be implementing a new 18 month data retention policy …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
YouTube: Now With Customizable Player  —  YouTube has launched a new "custom player" feature that allows users to customize embedded YouTube videos.  —  Users are able to customize player features including the name of the player, color theme, layout (a standard layout or one with related videos to the right), and content.
Discussion: Beet.TV
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU OKs German online search-engine grant  —  BRUSSELS, Belgium - The European Union on Thursday authorized Germany to give $165 million for research on Internet search-engine technologies that could someday challenge U.S. search giant Google Inc.  —  The Theseus research project …
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europa.eu:   State aid: Commission endorses €120 million aid for German R&D project THESEUS
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Microsoft Hit With A Second Xbox 360 Class Action Suit  —  The suit alleges that the Xbox 360 console scratches expensive game discs, making them impossible to use.  —  Microsoft has been hit with a new class action lawsuit alleging that the company's Xbox 360 console damages game discs.
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
Class Action Suit Against Microsoft Alleges XBox 360 Skwatches Disks …
Discussion: Inquirer
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
The Food Line at the Googleplex Did Seem Rather Long  —  I've often wondered what would happen when Google had its first really tough quarter.  Will it panic like the Wile E. Coyote looking down and seeing no ground, giving up all its Do-No-Evil airs?  —  Google's financial results …
Discussion: CNET News.com
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Earnings Up 28% but Miss Expectations
Jack Ewing / Business Week:
Why Nokia Is Leaving Moto in the Dust  —  Phones for high- and low-end consumers, a great supply chain, and lots of cash—the Finnish company has it all (except the iPhone)  —  Pop singer Alicia Keys and Ramkishen Pyarelal, proprieter of a Mumbai tea stall, may not have a lot in common.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
iPhone says "Hello World," here come the 3rd party apps  —  If there wasn't a vast, cold expanse of internet in the way, we could just hug those iPhone Dev Wiki folks.  Apparently a particularly dedicated hacker who goes by "Nightwatch" has compiled and launched the iPhone's very first independent …
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Phil Butler / Read/WriteWeb:
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Nearly Ten Percent of Companies Have Fired Bloggers, Survey Claims
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Kelly Hill / RCR Wireless News:
Sprint Nextel, Clearwire in mobile WiMAX tie-up
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Firefox Implements httpOnly And is Vulnerable to XMLHTTPRequest
Simon Carless / Gamasutra:
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OXM rumor: MGS4 on 360 a few months after PS3
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Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Verizon-Broadcom deal allows continued imports
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Multi-gigabit wireless "within three years"
Discussion: Ars Technica
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CEO 2.0  —  As a company founder, as I've written before …
Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
The rebirth of advertising  —  To hear my buddy Barry Soicher tell it …
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