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9:15 PM ET, April 17, 2008


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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2008 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  “Our ongoing innovation in search, ads, and apps helped drive healthy growth globally across our product lines, yielding another strong quarter for Google …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google delivers; Maybe paid clicks weren't such a big deal  —  Google on Thursday allayed concerns about its paid click growth rate with first quarter earnings that topped Wall Street's expectations.  —  Google reported first quarter net income of $1.31 billion, or $4.12 a share, on revenue of $5.19 billion.
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Google settles a score with ComScore  —  Chief Executive Eric Schmidt got straight to the point as he opened up Google's quarterly earnings conference call.  Click growth, he said in a matter-of-fact tone, was much higher than speculated upon “by third parties.”  Hmm.  Wondering who he might have been referring to?
Discussion: CNET and Traffick
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   Liveblogging Google Q1 Earnings Report—Fears Were Overblown
John Cook / John Cook's Venture Blog:
Secret Farecast buyer is Microsoft  —  It's official: Microsoft is the mystery buyer of Farecast, the Seattle online travel startup.  Responding to an inquiry from the P-I today, Microsoft issued this statement from spokeswoman Whitney Burk: … We reported earlier this week that the company …
Hugh Crean / Farecast Blog:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast  —  We're excited to confirm that Farecast has been acquired by Microsoft!  This acquisition creates tremendous opportunities for the Farecast team and our customers.  We look forward to sharing more details in the weeks to come.  On behalf of the Farecast team, thank you.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Acquires Farecast For $115M  —  Rumors about the acquisition of Farecast are accurate - in a very brief blog post CEO Hugh Crean says they've been acquired by Microsoft.  —  SeattlePI, which first broke the rumor last week, says the price tag was $115 million.
Discussion: Beyond Binary
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Farecast is Microsoft's latest Seattle buy
Discussion: Profy.Com
Arn / MacRumors:
Aluminum MultiTouch MacBook, New MacBook Pro, and More?  [Updated]  —  A MacRumors reader ran across a very unusual .Mac web page yesterday and was kind enough to forward it on.  The page contained promotional images for Apple products, including a couple that are not yet shipping products.
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
Apple orders aluminum 13-inch MacBook shells, 3G iPhone chips
Discussion: CrunchGear
Amazon Web Services Blog:
May We Help You?  —  From the very beginning, we've always wanted to make sure that developers had all of the formal and informal support needed to build and to run their applications.  —  At first the task of monitoring the AWS Forums was a rotating part-time assignment.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Web 3.0 Will Be About Reducing the Noise—And Twhirl Isn't Helping  —  It's my own damn fault.  I should have never listened to Mike.  This morning I installed Twhirl on my desktop in a failed attempt to keep up better with Twitter and Friendfeed.  I was hoping it would help me manage …
Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
Blockbuster Sued For Participating In Facebook's Beacon Program  —  A Texas resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Blockbuster for participating in Facebook's Beacon program, which tells members about their friends' e-commerce activity.  —  In the lawsuit, quietly filed last week …
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's Ozzie gives open-source outlook  —  People trying to get a sense for Microsoft's direction will be listening closely in the coming months to Ray Ozzie, who has assumed the role of chief software architect in advance of Bill Gates ending his full-time role.
Discussion: CNET
Business Wire:
AMD Reports First Quarter Results  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—AMD (NYSE:AMD - News) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million.  These results include an impact of $50 million …
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Sixth straight quarterly loss for AMD
Discussion: Ars Technica
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Socrato Crowdsources Test Prep Materials  —  Socrato is a Massachusetts-based company bringing test preparation materials online so they can be distributed and used more effectively.  —  The team behind Socrato started off by loading all of the site's content manually …
Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Nine Thou-what?  Bring on the BlackBerry 9100!  —  If the delayed impact of the Canadian tidal wave hasn't been completely underwhelming of late, it appears another new BlackBerry could be hiding around the corner.  Throw down the red carpet and bring out the welcoming party …
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Rocketboom creator pulls plug on auction of Twitter account  —  It appears that for now at least, we won't get to find out the value of identity on Twitter.  —  A few days ago, Rocketboom creator Andrew Baron put his Twitter account up for sale on eBay, offering access to his 1,500-plus followers (it's now at 1,757 followers).
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