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8:30 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.
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core:
Apple Q4 2008 earnings highlights (updated 2x)
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results  —  Revenues - $1,786 Million — Operating Income - $70 Million — Operating Income Before Depreciation, Amortization, and Stock-Based Compensation Expense - $410 Million  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO …
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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.
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where Will Android Go Next?
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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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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Scott Rosenberg / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:   Reports of blogging's death are...
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
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 and Engadget
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.
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
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 and paidContent.org
Benjamin Cohen / channel4.com:
Meeting Mr Nintendo  —  To fans of video games, he's like Steven Spielberg and Robert de Niro rolled into one: the brains behind everything from Donkey Kong to the Wii, which turned Nintendo into a household name.  —  But now Shigero Miyamoto has condemned the increasing use of violence in many games …
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.
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
ASUS CEO Reveals Eee PC Sales Numbers, Plans for Touch Eee PCs and More Eee Family Products  —  Earlier this week the ASUS Eee PC celebrated its first birthday (with a full birthday party and cake at LAPTOP Magazine).  It was one year ago that the Taiwanese company began selling its first sub-notebook …
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: CrunchGear and AT&T
Elinor Mills / CNET News:
VMware profits up 28 percent on strong services business  —  Virtualization company VMware reported a 32 percent increase in revenue for the third quarter and 28 percent in profit on strong sales of services on Tuesday.  The news pushed the company's stock price up 23 percent in after-hours trade.
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog and TechSpot
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
Boxee adds support for Hulu, CBS video  —  On Monday Boxee, the Mac, Linux, and Apple TV-only Xbox Media Center derivative, announced the immediate support of video programming from Hulu and CBS.  Users are now able to access the entirety both services catalogs of movies and TV shows through Boxee's interface.
Discussion: boxee blog, Gizmodo and TUAW
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Motorola intros avant-garde $2,000 AURA, markets it like a Rolex  —  We can't remember the last time we purchased a phone because it possessed 700+ individual components, a stainless steel housing or a front plate that takes a fortnight to create, but Motorola's hoping you start to care about that kind of minutiae right about now.
 
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