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10:35 AM ET, October 26, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports 27% Revenue Growth; Fastest First Quarter Since 1999  —  Broad-based strength drives operating income and EPS growth each in excess of 25%  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.76 billion for the quarter ended September 30 …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft's $30 Billion Vista Bump  —  It turns out someone does like Windows Vista, along with Office and the other stuff Microsoft sells.  Indeed, the company sold $1.1 billion more of that stuff in the second quarter than analysts expected.  The company's profits rose by 23 percent.
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Results Turn Heads
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Microsoft Has Blowout Quarter, Stock Up Over $30 Billion
Discussion: Between the Lines
LabRats / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Prism  —  Personal computing is currently in a state of transition.  While traditionally users have interacted mostly with desktop applications, more and more of them are using web applications.  But the latter often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers.
David Pogue / New York Times:
More Goodies in Apple's New Operating System  —  In today's Times, I reviewed Apple's latest operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard."  I noted that Apple claims to have added over 300 new features.  —  Trouble is, if I tried to describe them all in my 1,280-word column, I'd have 4.3 words to describe and assess each one.
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Karl / DSLreports:
AT&T Wants $300 From Wildfire Victim - They didn't think to grab their Dish network receiver...  I was hit hard by the floods in the Northeast last spring, effectively having everything I owned destroyed by eight feet of raging mudwater.  At the time, I was pleasantly surprised to find …
Hiroko Tabuchi / Associated Press:
Nintendo rules out Wii price cut  —  TOKYO - Fresh off bumper earnings, Nintendo Co. ruled out a price cut for its smash-hit Wii video game console Friday and announced the company will being selling the Wii in China next year.  —  Profits at Nintendo have surged on the runaway success …
Discussion: Joystiq and Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Omniture To Buy Visual Sciences; Sees Q3 Results Above Old Guidance; Both Stocks Jump  —  Omniture (OMTR) late yesterday announced that it will buy Visual Sciences (VSCN), one of its primary rivals in the online business optimization business.  Omniture will pay $2.39 a share in cash and 0.49 shares of OMTR stock for each VSCN share.
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Exclusive First Review: Asus Eee PC 701  —  Pound for pound, the best value-priced notebook on the planet.  —  Price: $399  —  This past weekend a circular advertised a Vista-powered laptop equipped with a Celeron processor, 14.1-inch display, an 80GB hard drive, and a DVD drive for only $399.
New York Times:
Merrill's Chief Is Said to Consider a Bid to Merge  —  Facing billions of dollars in losses from the subprime mortgage crisis, Merrill Lynch chairman and chief executive, E. Stanley O'Neal, floated the idea of a merger with a large bank, a foray that angered Merrill's board and could cost him his job …
Discussion: Deal Journal and BloggingStocks
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook's Stock Options  —  Cash is good, and Facebook, following its $240 million investment from Microsoft, now has plenty of it.  It might have much much more if reports prove true that other investors have, or will soon, join in.  With those lofty sums, Mark Zuckerberg and his crew …
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
AdSense Disallowed On URLs Containing "Google", Google Says  —  Google informed me that they banned showing AdSense from my account on Google.blogoscoped.cn (a site which I don't run, but they are nice enough to rotate my AdSense code every couple of times as they're translating posts from here).
Discussion: Search Engine Land
CenterNetworks:
Metrofunk.com, The World's First Invite-Only Social Network Built by Trendsetters FOR Trendsetters ... Are you invited?  —  New York, NY - October 25, 2007 - Metrofunk announced today that on November 15, 2007 they will launch Metrofunk.com, the world's first invite-only social network devoted entirely …
Stan Schroeder / Mashable!:
Fastest Growing Facebook Group Now Has A Million Members  —  Unfortunately, the fastest growing Facebook group ever is not a very spontaneous affair; it's part of a US presidential candidate's campaign.  However, the results are quite astonishing.  —  Responding to Barack Obama's Facebook …
canada.com:
UBC tracked his 'theft of time'  —  Use of spyware in firing of web-surfing employee violated his privacy  —  The University of B.C. wants the right to keep using "spyware" to monitor its employees' Internet use.  —  And the university — which used the software to fire a worker …
Discussion: The Chronicle
 
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The Register:
Global mobile penetration to reach 75% by 2011
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Business Wire:
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InfoWorld:
Scammers get jail time for Microsoft software scheme
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Dave Hitz / Network Appliance, Inc.:
Sun Sues NetApp: Says "You Cannot Unfree What Is Free"
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
British Lord: Virtual worlds should teach real-world values
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CNET's Shiny New $250 Million Credit Line: What Will They Use It For?
Rob Greenlee / Zune Insider:
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Leopard backpedals again: No more iPhone note syncing
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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