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6:45 PM ET, January 31, 2008

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Yahoo! Finance:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.  —  “We're very pleased with our performance this quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's quarter falls short of expectations; Social networking not monetizing well  —  Google on Thursday reported fourth quarter net income of $1.21 billion, or $3.79 a share, on revenue of $4.83 billion, up 51 percent from a year ago.  Excluding charges Google reported earnings of $4.43 a share.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Google: Social Networking Inventory Not Monetizing As Well As Expected; Trouble At MySpace?  —  Speaking on the company's post-earnings conference call, Google (GOOG) CFO George Reyes said the company has found that “social networking inventory is not monetizing as well as expected,” …
Discussion: Bits
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google: We're going under — sell, sell!
Discussion: ParisLemon and Paul Kedrosky's …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Google Q4 Earnings Preview: Meaningful Upside Expected
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Misses Revs/EPS...and Pulls Out the “Display” Card
Discussion: Valleywag
Tim Coulter / Joyeur:
Twitter and Joyent: Update  —  By David Young 31 January 08  —  Twitter has been officially off Joyent since 10PM last night.  This may come as a surprise to some after yesterday's posts here and here regarding the two companies working together.  Those of us at Joyent appreciate …
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Twitter Blog:
We had a rough night.  But now we're back.  —  I just left the office, at 6am, with most of our engineering and technical operations team.  That's only a handful of people, but we were all there all night.  —  You may have noticed we had an outage last night/stretching into this morning.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Twitter's struggles harm more than just the users
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Why does Twitter go down?
Discussion: WinExtra
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: C Block Hits Reserve Price  —  A bid of $4.7 billion this morning for the most valuable group of wireless licenses in the Federal Communications Commission auction for 700Mhz spectrum pushed the price over the minimum price the government set.
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Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Google gets its way with new wireless network  —  Somewhere in the Googleplex, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are celebrating right about now.  —  That's because the Internet search giant Thursday scored its first big win in the mobile business: The minimum $4.6 billion bid …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Open access for all: prime 700MHz Block C hits reserve price
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: The C-Block Bidding Stalls at $4.7 Billion
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
700MHz auction exceeds $10 Billion, open-access just one bid away
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Electronista
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Google's Marissa Mayer: Social search is the future  —  At an event in August, Marissa Mayer, Google's leading VP in search, said social search hasn't shown much promise, but if it does, Google would be in a good position to incorporate it.  I wrote about that here.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Audible.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL).  —  Audible.com is the leading online provider of premium digital spoken word audio content, specializing in digital audio editions of books …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon.com buys Audible; March into digital content distribution continues
Chris Williams / The Register:
‘Facebook fatigue’ kicks in as people tire of social networks  —  Shhh!  Can you hear a hiss?  That's the sound of naughty facts deflating the social networking balloon a tad.  —  Whisper it, but numbers from web analytics outfit comScore have confirmed what the chatter in bars and cafes …
PR Newswire:
Motorola to Explore Structural and Strategic Realignment of its Businesses to Enhance Shareholder Value  —  Company will evaluate alternatives to accelerate the ability of its Mobile Device Business to recapture growth and profitability in an expanding global market
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Motorola Hangs Up on Handsets
Discussion: Computerworld
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Gartner: Apple To Double U.S., Europe PC Share By 2011  —  Apple (AAPL) will double its share of the U.S. and Western European PC market share by 2011, the research firm Gartner said today.  “Apple's gains in computer market share reflect as much on the failures of the rest of the industry as on Apple's success,” Gartner says.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Admins Charged with Assisting Copyright Infringement  —  “The operation of The Pirate Bay is financed through advertising revenues.  In that way it commercially exploits copyright-protected work and performances,” said prosecutor Hakan Roswall in a statement.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Facebook Battle For Computer Science Grads.  Salaries Soar.  —  Google and Facebook are fighting hard to hire this years crop of computer science graduates, we've heard, and ground zero is Stanford.  Most of the class of 2008 already have job offers even though graduation is months away.
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
RealPlayer named by StopBadware.org  —  StopBadware.org said Tuesday it has labeled two versions of the RealPlayer media player as “badware,” or spyware.  —  RealPlayer 10.5, it claims, “fails to accurately and completely disclose the fact that it installs advertising software on the user's computer.”
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