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4:21 AM ET, January 23, 2008

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Matt / Photo Matt:
Act Two  —  You've probably seen the news on GigaOM, Automattic has raised a new “series B” round of funding.  We're entering what I consider Act II of the Automattic story.  I'll talk about where we're going, but first some history.  —  In 2005 Automattic was small.
Toni / Toni's Garage:
Automattic fundraising  —  As Om and Matt report, we closed a $29.5 million round of financing for Automattic today.  Coincidentally, the closing is happening during one of our bi-annual company get-togethers, so we'll be able to toast the occasion in person!
Discussion: Holy Shmoly! and True Ventures
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Times Company in Group Investing in Blog Publisher
Discussion: Pulse 2.0
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Automattic Raises $29.5 Million Second Round, After Sale Talks …
Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Best Quarterly Revenue & Earnings in Apple History  —  Mac, iPod & iPhone Sales Break Previous Records  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 first quarter ended December 29, 2007.  The Company posted revenue of $9.6 billion …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Q1: The iPod Has Left The Building (AAPL)  —  We'll let SAI's Henry Blodget explain the pros and cons of paying attention to quarterly numbers, guidance, and whisper numbers tomorrow.  And we're not going to try to analyze why AAPL is plummeting in after-hours trading.
Discussion: Cult of Mac
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple posts nice Q1, but pessimistic on Q2  —  Updated at 3:45 p.m. PST following the conference call, with changes throughout.  —  Apple's first quarter hit on all cylinders, as the company continued its financial run on the strength of its Mac business.  But anyone looking for reassurance …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Apple: iPod Growth Asymptotically Approaches Zero
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
RealClearMarkets:
Might Google Buy the New York Times?  —  The choice for the family would be basically this: double your money or double down on “young Arthur,” as the NYT's Chairman and CEO is sometimes called.  In the back of their minds, the prospect of doubling down on “young Arthur” …
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Paul Boutin / Valleywag:   Bloggers hope Google will buy NY Times, hire them
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Google to buy everything, cure cancer
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
GOOGLE DROPS MORE THAN 160 POINTS  —  That's not something we're used to hearing, but since its peak back in the Fall at nearly 750, Google has dropped to 584 currently, a 166 point drop (it's dropped more in after hours, all the way down to 568).  It's on a steep decline in the past few days …
James Bannan / APC:
Vista successor, Windows 7 to be released next year?  —  A recently-release roadmap for the next major Window release - Windows 7 - indicates that Microsoft is planning to release the new operating system in the second half of 2009, rather than the anticipated release date of some time in 2010.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Could Windows 7 be the best Windows yet?
Discussion: ParisLemon and eWeek
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Create Your Own Reddit  —  Reddit has announced a brand new feature that they are currently testing out in closed beta - the ability for users to make their own Reddits.  Reddit has long had the “other reddits” featuring ones specializing in programming, science, politics, etc …
Discussion: The Last Podcast
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Justin Pope / Associated Press:
MPAA Admits Mistake on Downloading Study  —  Hollywood laid much of the blame for illegal movie downloading on college students.  Now, it says its math was wrong.  —  In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent of the industry's domestic losses came …
Discussion: Techdirt and The Chronicle
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Oops: MPAA admits college piracy numbers grossly inflated
Discussion: Digg
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Real-Estate Search Engine Roost Launches With Full MLS Listings  —  Just when you thought the real-estate bubble had burst and the economy was going to hell, here comes another real-estate search engine.  Today we see the launch of Roost, a real-estate site inspired by the lean look and feel of travel search engine Kayak.
Discussion: CNET News.com, VentureBeat and BUZZYEAH
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBS Will Try To Convert Last.FM Acquisition To Video Value  —  One of the questions that comes up repeatedly in chats about CBS: what is the company doing to move last year's $280 million Last.fm acquisition beyond buzz into value?  Looks like answers may be on the way.
Forbes:
EBay's Bounce-Back Opportunity  —  What would you do if you ran eBay?  —  That question became relevant today as eBay's (nasdaq: EBAY - news - people ) long-time chief executive, Meg Whitman, indicated that she's going to leave.  —  The company—and the industry—are profoundly different …
Maxlevchin / You've gotta be kidding me:
How to successfully launch a social networking development platform.  —  I decided to jot down some observations and thoughts on launching successful social networking development platforms... like the one facebook launched at f8, Bebo's clone of facebook's, or the one MySpace will be launching, etc.
Discussion: Futuristic Play
 
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Eroticism Comes to Microblogging with Boobik?
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Syndicaster.TV Launches. …
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EA Leaps into Free Video Games
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Rackspace goes down again, loses Tumblr's business
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Do the (RED) thing  —  There's been some speculation online …
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Telegraph Connected:
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AT&T's Mobile TV service to debut with the LG Vu?
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InfoWorld:
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Uh-oh, Optimus: United Keys partners with FoxConn to build OLED gaming keyboards
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DealBook:
The Valley Goes to the Mountains, in Full Blogging Mode
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Gates vs. Jobs: Keynote text analysis, 2008 edition
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