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6:40 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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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.
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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Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Reports Profit Drop, Plans to Cut 10% of Jobs
Discussion: Guardian and WebGuild
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where Will Android Go Next?
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
Google Open-Sources Android on Eve of G1 Launch
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google opens up Android source code
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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Jessica Dolcourt / Crave: The gadget blog:
More BlackBerry app store details emerge  —  SANTA CLARA, Calif.—RIM's co-founder and co-CEO Mike Lazaridis has just given the 700 registered developers at the first ever BlackBerry Developer conference sound, but strange advice.  The key to successful BlackBerry development isn't just good programming …
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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Seamusmccauley / Virtual Economics:
Most flagrant flamebait ever
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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
Discussion: Tech Confidential
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
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.
Discussion: NEWSFACTOR, Crave, Yahoo! Tech and BetaNews
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Search Engine Watch
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 …
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 …
Julian Prokaza / Mobile Computer:
Hands-on with the HP iPaq Voice Messenger and iPaq Data Messenger smartphones  —  HP has announced two new Windows Mobile smartphones today - the iPaq Voice Messenger and Data Messenger.  HP is pitching the smartphones at two different markets and the iPaq Voice Messenger is aimed at users …
Discussion: Engadget Mobile
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John Herrman / Gizmodo:
HP Shows Off Two New iPaq Phones: One Touch, One Not
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.
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.
Discussion: BoomTown and Valleywag
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
‘Shocking’ 61% of all Upstream Internet Traffic is P2P  —  Sandvine, best known for manufacturing the hardware that slowed down BitTorrent users on Comcast, has released an Internet traffic trends report today.  The report shows that, on average, P2P traffic is responsible for more than half …
Timothy Prickett Morgan / The Register:
Rackable stays horizontal with x64 servers  —  Now with more density  —  Rackable Systems might be a niche player in the server racket, but the company's server engineering has allowed it to stay in business since 1999 and still, in many ways, set the pace for density in the data center.
 
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