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8:00 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft earnings shine; Ups fiscal year outlook  —  Microsoft on Thursday reported fiscal second quarter earnings of $4.7 billion, or 50 cents a share, on revenue of $16.36 billion.  More importantly, Microsoft's outlook was in line with expectations for the March quarter.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: FY Q2 Tops High End of Guidance; Raises FY 2008 Estimates …
Chris / LiveSide:
Microsoft reports 30% growth in revenue - Online Services with $1.1bn of costs in Q2
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft beats quarterly estimates, raises forecast
Discussion: paidContent.org
cre.ations.net:
iPhone 1.1.3 jailbreak released  —  Well, the iPhone Dev Team has done it again.  A working jailbreak for 1.1.3 is finally here.  —  STATEMENT OF RISK  —  As all upgrades are risky, this one is doubly so.  You may have to restore your phone using iTunes and start again if it fails.
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Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.3 iPhone jailbreak goes LIVE
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Digg
Erica Sadun / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
1.1.3 Jailbreak nears release
Discussion: Digg
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.
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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Robert X. Cringely / Popular Mechanics:
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the 700-MHz Auction …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Confirmed: MacBook Air SuperDrive does NOT work with other machines  —  One obvious and debated question on a lot of potential buyers' minds: okay, I'm dropping nearly two large on this here machine, but will the external optical drive even work with one of my other laptops and/or desktops?
Discussion: Gizmodo, Christopher Null and DVICE
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
First benchmarks: MacBook Air is the slowest Apple machine on the block
Discussion: Gizmodo
Smaran / TorrentFreak:
Alchemist Author Pirates His Own Books  —  Coelho's view is that letting people swap digital copies of his books for free increases sales.  In a keynote speech (embedded below) at the Digital, Life, Design conference in Munich he talked about how uploading the Russian translation of …
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 …
Ryan Geddes / IGN Xbox 360:
Rock Band Instruments Priced, Dated  —  Drum sets start shipping in February and guitars will roll out in April.  —  Standalone Rock Band instruments will start shipping to stores in the United States next month, Harmonix, MTV and Electronic Arts announced today.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Kotaku, Joystiq and PS3 Fanboy
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.
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 …
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
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Eee PC with Windows launches in Japan, U.S. is next  —  Asus launched the first Windows version of its popular Eee PC in Japan on Thursday, according to a report in The Register.  —  Called the Eee PC 4G-X, it will come pre-loaded with Windows XP Home Edition.
Jeff Fisher / Official Google Data APIs Blog:
Easily upload your documents to Google Docs!  —  To demonstrate the functionality of the Documents List Data API, I have released a new sample application that makes uploading your documents even easier.  The application works on Windows PCs running the .NET Framework 2.0 or higher.
 
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Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Claim: Nvidia working on GPGPU for Apple
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Official YouTube application in beta, working on Nokia Nseries …
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Sharp announces world's thinnest TV
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Samsung drops the i8, we like how it looks
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Christopher Breen / Macworld:
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Vudu drops price to fend off resurgent Apple TV
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Bill Snyder / InfoWorld:
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