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4:30 AM ET, October 17, 2008

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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2008 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2008.  —  “We had a good third quarter with strong traffic and revenue growth across all of our major geographies thanks to the underlying strength of our core search and ads business.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google (GOOG) Strong Q3, Amazing Cash Flow  —  Initial Analysis: Revenue was in line with estimates, which is a modest upside surprise (Wall Street was expecting a miss).  EPS was solidly ahead of estimates, so a strong upside surprise.  The upside came from better G&A expenses …
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Google beats for Q3, Wall Street looks ahead  —  updated: In after-hours trading, shares of Google shot up more than 11 percent within 20 minutes after the company reported strong quarterly earnings.  In regular trading, shares initially declined early in the day but rallied late in the day to close up more than 4 percent at $353.02.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Ballmer: It's ok to wait until Windows 7; Yahoo still ‘makes sense’; Google Apps ‘primitive’  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday defended Vista's honor-again-but at least gave a nod to enterprise buyers that planned to skip it and upgrade when Windows 7 launches.
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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Mobile is an Also-ran  —  The big T-Mobile G1 reviews published today, pretty much everywhere.  The new smartphone, which runs Google's Android operating system, goes on sale next week.  My eWEEK Labs colleague Andrew Garcia has reviews of the device and mobile app store.  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Go Get Yer Shiny New Yahoo Profile...And Make Some Connections!  —  Yahoo begins the rollout of its new user profile today, which marks the first tangible product release for the social part of the Yahoo Open Strategy, or YOS.  The profile is one of the anchors (mail is the other) …
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Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:   The New Yahoo! Profile and Doing Data Portability the Right Way
Dan Farber / Webware.com:
Yahoo rolls out social Web foundation
Discussion: Valleywag
Twitter Blog:
Meet Our CEO and Chairman, Again  —  Three years ago during my time as CEO of Odeo, I was lucky to be working with a software engineer Jack Dorsey who wasn't afraid to bring up an idea he'd been thinking about for a long time.  What if a simple status message was the format for a social communication service?
Matt Gundersen / The Official Google Blog:
What's new with iGoogle?  —  I'm an iGoogle addict.  I check my news, email, stocks, feeds and weather there and sometimes even manage to squeeze in a game or two during the day.  Having everything in one place is super convenient, but I often wish I could deal with all my stuff without having to leave my iGoogle page.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
iGoogle Goes Wide, Introduces Canvas Pages.
Discussion: louisgray.com
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
iGoogle attacked by giant widgets
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Apple:
ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC Offer Incredible Lineup of Programming in Stunning HD on the iTunes Store  —  iTunes Tops 200 Million TV Episodes Sold, Including Over One Million HD Episodes  —  Apple® today announced that all four of the major networks are offering primetime programs …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's Gift To Hollywood: $280 Million In iTunes TV Sales (AAPL)
Discussion: CNET News
Christopher Beam / Slate:
Epic Win  —  GOODBYE, SCHADENFREUDE; HELLO, FAIL.  —  When Ben Bernanke and Henry Paulson testified before the Senate banking committee last month about Paulson's proposed bailout bill, a demonstrator in the audience held up an 8.5-by-11 piece of paper with one word scrawled on it in block letters: “FAIL.”
Discussion: Valleywag
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
No Hi5's Today.  No. 3 Social Network Lays Off 10 to 15 Percent Of Staff  —  The layoffs keep rolling in.  The latest startup to cut back is Hi5, the third largest social network.  But you wouldn't know it from reading the company's blog, which touts some positive press coverage today:
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Adriana Gascoigne / Hi5 Blog:   hi5 Feature in Fortune Magazine
C.K. Sample III / Obsessable:
Warhammer Online on a MacBook 2008 running XP  —  One of the questions that has been on everyone's minds since Apple announced their new laptops on Tuesday has been whether the improved NVIDIA graphics cards that Steve Jobs spent so much time discussing on stage would mean that Apple's newer laptops would make good gaming machines.
Discussion: Joystiq, TUAW, Massively and CrunchGear
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
Asus breaks sub-$300 price barrier with Eee PC 900A at Best Buy  —  Let's get the sub-$300 netbook party started!  Pereira just pinged me to share this Best Buy link which shows the white Asus Eee PC 900A available for $299.  This is basically the same model as the 900, but the “A” stands for Atom.
Juan Carlos Perez / Computerworld:
Extended Gmail outage hits Apps admins  —  E-mail service expected to be down for 24 hours  —  IDG News Service) A prolonged, ongoing Gmail outage has some Google Apps administrators pulling their hair out as their end users, including high-ranking executives, complain loudly while they wait for service to be restored.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
Shocker: Tribune Co. Gives Notice To Drop AP  —  NEW YORK Tribune Company has given a two-year notice to the Associated Press that its daily newspapers plan to drop the news service, becoming the first major newspaper chain to do so since the recent controversy over new rates began.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Mike Ricciuti / CNET News:
Microsoft mulls ‘Instant On’ for Windows  —  If you feel that Windows starts too slowly most days, Microsoft is considering an option that could help.  —  The company is surveying select users on whether an “instant on” feature, which would rush a usable desktop to your screen in just seconds …
Matt Burns / CrunchGear:
The MacBook and MacBook Pro splayed-out revealing intimate details  —  It's just tradition that when a new, hot gadget launches, someone has to tear the sucker apart thus producing what is affectionately called circuit board pr0n.  Besides the pretty pictures though, sometimes hidden details …
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
Microsoft starts distributing open-source Drupal  —  The single biggest distributor of Drupal just might be Microsoft.  As I discovered from Dries Buytaert's blog on Wednesday, Microsoft's Web Application Installer comes with out-of-the-box support for Drupal, OScommerce, and other popular open-source Web applications.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Adbrite Lays Off 40% Of Staff, Including Two Execs  —  It's not a happy day at San Francisco-based Adbrite this morning.  The company is laying off 40 employees, which is 40% of total staff.  Among those that are leaving are VP Marketing Paul Levine and VP Finance Bob Feller.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
News Corp Rethinks Private Equity Investment In MySpace Music; Too Complicated, Not Necessary  —  You're reading it here first ... That Hulu-like private-equity set-up for the much-hyped MySpace Music isn't on the front burner and may not ever happen, according to sources familiar with the situation.
 
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Ben Worthen / Wall Street Journal:
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Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
AMD reports smaller loss, better revenues
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InfoWorld:
Attack unleashed for new Microsoft mainframe bug
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