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4:40 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.
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.
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 …
Blake Ross / Blake Ross on Firefox:
Facebook Goes Public (withnewsaboutitsrecentacquisitionofPar akey, Inc.)  —  Facebook has acquired my fledgling startup, Parakey, Inc. The project remains very much alive, and since we will be working to port the concepts and technology to Facebook, it will remain stealthy.
Emre Sokullu / Read/WriteWeb:
The Impact of Facebook's Platform
Discussion: and VentureWoods
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Could Facebook Become The Next Microsoft?
Dave McClure / Master of 500 Hats:
Kottke is wrong — Facebook isn't AOL; it's Visual Basic.
Discussion: Peer Pressure
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.
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Google Q2 2007 Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Sergey Brin - Founder and President of Technology  —  Larry Page - Founder and President of Products  —  Jonathan Rosenberg - SVP of Product Management  —  Omid Kordestani - SVP of Global Sales and Operations  —  Analysts
Discussion: GigaOM and SeekingAlpha
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.
Live Coverage: Google misses second-quarter earnings — who's taking the fall?
Discussion: and Googling Google
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
New hires, datacenter investments evident in Microsoft earnings
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft to Give People Unmatched Privacy Control  —, 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.
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land: To Launch AskEraser To Erase Search History & New Data Retention Policy  — 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 …
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Verizon-Broadcom deal allows continued imports  —  San Francisco (IDGNS) - Broadcom and Verizon Wireless have reached a deal that will allow Verizon to continue importing and selling phones that are the subject of continuing litigation between Broadcom and Qualcomm.
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Broadcom, Verizon Wireless reach 3G phone deal
Discussion: TechSpot News
Austin Modine / The Register:   Broadcom signs licensing pact with Verizon
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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