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5:30 PM ET, January 24, 2008

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Second Quarter Results  —  Robust holiday sales and enterprise demand drive revenue growth of 30%  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Second Quarter Form 10-Q View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced second quarter records for revenue …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: FY Q2 Tops High End of Guidance; Raises FY 2008 Estimates …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
YouTube On the Go  —  YouTube first dipped its toe in the mobile world in November of 2006 with a deal to deliver some video clips through the VCast service of Verizon Wireless.  Last year it created a mobile Web site accessible on many Sprint and AT&T phones.  But the site only carried a small slice of YouTube content.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
YouTube Takes Entire Site Mobile
Discussion: mocoNews.net and Yahoo! Finance
Robert A. Guth / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Calls for Kind Capitalism  —  Famously Competitive, Billionaire Now Urges Business to Aid the Poor  —  Free enterprise has been good to Bill Gates.  But later today, the Microsoft Corp. chairman will call for a revision of capitalism.  —  In a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos …
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InfoWorld:
Gates calls for ‘creative capitalism’ to solve needs of poor
Discussion: eWeek
Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
Wall Street Journal Web Site To Remain Subscription-Based  —  The Wall Street Journal's Web site, WSJ.com, will keep a significant portion of its content behind its paid-subscription wall, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Thursday.  —  Speculation that News Corp. would make WSJ.com …
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InfoWorld:
How the wireless spectrum auction could change your life  —  Depending on who's talking, the wireless spectrum auction that starts on Jan. 24 will significantly change the mobile and wireless landscape in the United States, or it won't have much impact at all.
Discussion: Electronista, last100 and Computerworld
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Robert X. Cringely / Popular Mechanics:
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the 700-MHz Auction …
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Report: iPhones piling up at AT&T stores  —  Is demand for the iPhone in America already starting to wane?  —  AT&T, the exclusive American carrier of the iPhone, activated just 900,000 iPhones during the fourth quarter, the company revealed during its earnings conference call Thursday.
Discussion: Macsimum News
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Analysis: One-third of iPhones sold to unlock
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
Vudu drops price to fend off resurgent Apple TV  —  Vudu is knocking 25 percent off the price of its eponymous video-on-demand box.  Effective immediately, the Vudu is now $295, down from its original $399 asking price.  Customers who've purchased the unit in the past 30 days …
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Steve O'Hear / last100:
Vudu “slashes” price again (sort of)
Discussion: NewTeeVee, Gearlog and Valleywag
comScore:
“Top Friends” Ranks as Most Engaged Facebook Application Among U.S. Internet Users in November 2007, According to comScore Widget Metrix  —  Myspace.Com Has Largest Web Widget Viewing Audience  —  comScore (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Widget Kings  —  Who rules the world of widgets?
Discussion: RyanSpoon.com Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Battelle Turns Down $100 Million Offer For FM Publishing.  Decides To Shop Around For a Higher Price.  —  Yesterday, news started circulating that Federated Media Publishing hired Savvian, a boutique San Francisco investment bank, to shop around the blog ad network to potential buyers.
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The “Work From Home” Generation  —  For decades in American households the most dreaded morning sound was that of an alarm clock.  Sometime between 6 and 7am a beep or radio music signaled that it was time to get up and head to work.  But in the early 21st century two things have begun to change.
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Adchemy raises $19M to use science for online ads  —  Adchemy, which uses “predictive algorithms” to help companies place online ads more efficiently, said it has raised $19 million in a third round of funding.  —  Adchemy is a relatively quiet Silicon Valley company that has been studying what makes ads more effective.
Josh / Redeye VC:
After the Techcrunch Bump  —  I see many consumer Internet pitches these days where the basic marketing strategy is to (1) get covered by Techcrunch, (2) get tens of thousands of users from the “Techcrunch Bump”, and then (3) “grow virally".  While a positive Techcrunch review has the potential …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Sprint Cleans House: CFO, CMO, Sales Chief Get The Boot  —  Sprint Nextel (S) this morning started cleaning house: the company announced the departures effective tomorrow of CFO Paul Saleh, Chief Marketing Officer Tim Kelly, and President of Sales and Distribution Mark Angelino.  Buh-bye.  Buh-bye.
Lance Ulanoff / PC Magazine:
DRM-Free Music Spells Trouble  —  The digital content industry is on the road to ruin, and with each new stopgap plan, the it just digs itself in deeper.  —  I say we're on the road to ruin.  It's one panic after another, and with each new stopgap plan, the music industry …
Bill Snyder / InfoWorld:
Has open source sold out?  —  As open source goes mainstream, big commercial software companies reap as much revenue as scrappy independents  —  Has the open source software movement become a victim of its own success?  A provocative new study by a longtime software analyst suggests …
Discussion: Open Source
 
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Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Extending iTunes rental times
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Smartphones, seat belts, searches, and the Fourth Amendment
Discussion: Salon and Gizmodo
Jasmine France / Crave: The gadget blog:
Do you know Jack?  —  Meet Jack.  Jack hates tangled earphone wires.
John Leyden / The Register:
Estonia fines man for DDoS attacks
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Confirmed: MacBook Air SuperDrive does NOT work with other machines
Discussion: Christopher Null
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Alchemist Author Pirates His Own Books
Discussion: P2P Blog and O'Reilly Radar
Business Wire:
Rockstar Games Announces Release Date for Grand Theft Auto IV
 Earlier Items: 
Cher Pryce / Inquirer:
Rumours of Big Blue buy-out boost AMD stock
Discussion: Between the Lines
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Netflix bringing streaming rentals to Macs, game console next?
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Thunderbolt's jetpack: Just $100,000 for 75 seconds of flight
Discussion: Engadget
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
What Growth in Widget networks means to the Web Strategist
Discussion: Snipperoo
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple halving iPhone projections for quarter?
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
EA Calls Fox Out on “Insulting” Mass Effect Inaccuracies
Tony Smith / The Register:
Linux-less Eee PC launched in Japan
 

 
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