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11:00 PM ET, October 21, 2008

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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  6.9 Million iPhones Sold Mac Sales Reach All-Time High  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2008.  The Company posted revenue of $7.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share.
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AppleInsider:
Apple profits rise 26% on sales of 2.6M Macs, 6.8M iPhones  —  Apple said Tuesday that fourth-quarter profits rose more than 26 percent to $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share, on sales of $7.9 billion for the three-month period ended September 27, 2008.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple CEO: What's Adobe's Market Cap, Again?  —  With $25 billion in cash and short-term securities stored away on its balance sheet, Apple (AAPL) is in a uniquely comfortable position from which to weather the econaclypse.  And perhaps a uniquely opportunistic one, as well.  According to CEO Steve Jobs, anyway.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple reports Q4 2008 earnings (updated 3x)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jerry Yang Email To All Yahooers: 10% Of You Are Fired  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang sent the email below to all Yahoo'ers at 2:20 pm PST, after earnings were announced.  Besides being all lowercase, as usual, he lets everyone know that the company will be letting 10% of employees go to help save $400 million in annual costs.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo bets on a glass half full  —  Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang had some bold words to say while announcing the company's third-quarter financial results.  The only problem is that they might have been a different set of words than disgruntled investors were expecting.
Discussion: Techland and Coop's Corner
Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Reports Profit Drop, Plans to Cut 10% of Jobs
Discussion: Guardian and WebGuild
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Stops Mac Mini Shipments to Retailers, Says to Expect No More  —  The Mac mini may be pronounced dead as soon as today's Apple earnings conference call, as two major retailers in Europe have confirmed to me that they can't order any more of the little computers.
Dave Bort / Android Open Source Project:
Android is now available as open source  —  Today is a big day for Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and the open-source community.  All of the work that we've poured into the mobile platform is now officially available, for free, as the Android Open Source Project.  —  You'll be hearing a lot about Android devices.
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?
Discussion: Core77
Charles Wiles / Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Gears Geolocation API for all laptop WiFi users  —  I am thrilled to announce that today we have enhanced the Gears Geolocation API so that developers can now securely locate users to within 200m accuracy in major desktop browsers in hundreds of cities around the world.
Paul Boutin / Wired News:
Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004  —  Thinking about launching your own blog?  Here's some friendly advice: Don't.  And if you've already got one, pull the plug.  —  Writing a weblog today isn't the bright idea it was four years ago.  The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis …
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Research in Motion:
RIM to Launch BlackBerry Application Storefront and BlackBerry Application Center  —  New online distribution channels to benefit consumers, carriers and developers as market for BlackBerry applications continues to grow  —  Santa Clara, CA - BlackBerry Developer Conference - Research In Motion …
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Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Microsoft's SideSight: Something Apple Should Watch  —  A new Microsoft-developed technology called SideSight looks like something that deserves to be on a next-generation iPod touch.  Or in a magician's repertoire.  —  The SideSight technology is contained in yet another paper …
Discussion: Gizmodo, TECH.BLORGE.com and Engadget
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twine: “We Organize That S**t.”  —  A year after launching its beta, Twine opened up today to the general public with a completely redesigned site.  The relaunch got lots of coverage.  Maybe you read some of it.  Even if you did, you probably still don't know what Twine does.  Some semantic s**t, right?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google-Yahoo Search Deal Toast, Says TheDeal  —  Not confirmed, but makes sense given the way this has been headed.  The partnership will have to be so neutered to pass muster that it seems no longer worth doing anyway.  —  TheDeal.com:  —  Google, Yahoo! likely to drop venture
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:   Yahoo-Google deal doomed? No, they insist
Simpson L. Garfinkel / Technology Review:
Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth  —  Why the online encyclopedia's epistemology should worry those who care about traditional notions of accuracy.  —  With little notice from the outside world, the community-written encyclopedia Wikipedia has redefined the commonly accepted use of the word “truth.”
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad network AdMob hits profitability, raises $15.7 million  —  Mobile advertising network AdMob has become a darling of Silicon Valley this past year, having grown large alongside the recent explosion of mobile web traffic in the U.S. and around the world.
Discussion: Bits, Epicenter and mocoNews.net
Michael Iams / MapQuest Blog:
By Popular Demand... An Optimal iPhone Browsing Experience  —  MapQuest users have come to rely on the quality and accuracy of MapQuest results no matter where they are — which is why we are delighted to introduce MapQuest optimized for the iPhone.  We have served millions of requests …
Gmail Blog:
More changes to Gmail contact manager  —  Posted by Benjamin Grol, Product Manager, Google Contacts  —  After hearing consistent feedback that you wanted more control over your contacts, we've changed the way Gmail suggests contacts to you.  Up to this point, if you emailed someone five times …
Discussion: Neowin.net and Lifehacker
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Mail.com raises $35M for custom emails  —  It looks like venture capitalists haven't given up on web companies yet.  Mail.com, which operates an email service, web portal and related content sites, just announced that it raised $35 million back in September.
Discussion: Webware.com
Ron Rogers / PR Newswire:
SureWest Delivers Faster Internet Speeds With the Launch of Bonded DSL  —  ROSEVILLE, Calif., Oct 21, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Leading independent communications holding company SureWest Communications (SURW: , , ) today announced the launch of its newest technology, bonded DSL …
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
ThinkFree launches office suite for Netbooks  —  ThinkFree, a company that specializes in “next-gen” office productivity solutions, announced Tuesday that it has launched its ThinkFree Netbook solution, which will deliver word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications …
Chris Morris / Forbes:
Microsoft Xbox: Not Ready For Primetime  —  There's a new member of the “Not Ready for Primetime Players”: The Xbox 360.  —  Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) has delayed the launch of “Xbox Live Primetime,” its programmed series of interactive games with real-world prizes, until the spring.
Will Park / IntoMobile:
AT&T launches Samsung Epix - Windows Mobile touchscreen handset with optical mouse  —  Remember when Samsung started showing off their Samsung i780 Windows Mobile smartphone?  Remember how the mobile world was split on whether that optical trackpad/mouse was a good fit with the touchscreen handset?
Discussion: AT&T and Electronista
 
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