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11:15 PM ET, January 21, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Best Quarterly Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  iPod Sales Set New Record  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 first quarter ended December 27, 2008.  The Company posted record revenue of $10.17 billion …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Rocks Christmas, Guidance Strong, iPhone Weak (AAPL)  —  Apple (AAPL) sales and profits beat expectations on huge iPod sales, but iPhone sales came in weak.  Apple shares are up 8.6% to $89.99 in after-hours trading.  —  On Apple's conference call, executives did not offer an update on CEO Steve Jobs' health.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Tries Squeezing More Money Out of YouTube  —  Google's two-pronged “get serious” strategy-cut costs while finding new places to earn pennies here and there-continues.  The latest effort: an extension of the affiliate sales program it introduced to YouTube last fall.
Discussion: paidContent.org and CNET News
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YouTube Blog:
Watch it on YouTube, then Click-to-Buy
Discussion: VentureBeat
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2008.  The ecommerce company posted fourth quarter revenue of $2.04 billion …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
eBay Shrs Sink On Disappointing Q1 Outlook  —  eBay (EBAY) shares are trading lower this afternoon after the company provided disappointing guidance for the March quarter.  —  For Q4, the company posted revenue of $2.04 billion, a bit below the Street consensus at $2.12 billion …
Marc Ambinder:
Obama Will Get His Blackberry  —  President Barack Obama is going to get his blackberry.  —  On Monday, a government agency that the Obama administration — but that is probably the National Security Agency — added to a standard blackberry a super-encryption package. …
Intel:
Intel to Consolidate Manufacturing Operations; Company to Halt Production at Five Older Factories  —  Intel Corporation today disclosed plans to restructure some of its manufacturing operations and align its manufacturing capacity to current market conditions.
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Financial Times:
Intel to close its last Silicon Valley plant
Discussion: The Register
Gizmodo:
Apple Hints At Palm Pre Legal Battle  —  Here's what Apple no. 2 Tim Cook just said about iPhone competition: “We like competition as long as they don't off our IP.  And we're going to go after anybody that does.”  Analyst asks back if he's talking about Palm, since the Pre has some very iPhoney elements, like multitouch.
Jesse Stay / The SocialToo Blog:
Twitter Limits Potential App Growth - How This Hurts Our Users … Today I received some disturbing news on the Twitter Developers mailing list.  In a post on the list, Alex Payne, the API Lead for Twitter, informed developers they would be placing new limits on the API which will take place at the end of this week.
Rick Aristotle Munarriz / Motley Fool:
5 Reasons to Worry About Google  —  Save us, Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)!  —  The search-engine bellwether is now two days away from posting its fourth-quarter results.  In the past, this would be a novel time for shareholders to start snickering.  Big G would trounce Wall Street expectations …
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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:   Google As Economic Barometer
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Giz Explains: Why the Windows 7 Taskbar Beats Mac OS X's Dock  —  Yeah, I said it.  The Windows 7 taskbar is the most important Windows UI change since Windows 95, and it will dramatically change the way you use Windows.  And it's better than the Mac's Dock.
Discussion: The Toybox
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: YouTube Will Soon Let Big Content Partners Bring Their Own Ads  —  Big media companies have always had a love-hate relationship with YouTube.  They don't know whether to sue YouTube for abetting copyright infringement or get in bed with it because it is the biggest Web video game in town.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Zimbra Founder Satish Dharmaraj to Depart Yahoo  —  Satish Dharmaraj-the founder of open-source email start-up Zimbra, which has been at the heart of significant new changes to Yahoo's key communications services-will be leaving the company.  —  The move, to be announced internally later today …
Michael Bloomberg / The Official Google Blog:
Explore New York City with Google — from your home, phone, and in person  —  [From time to time we invite guests to blog about initiatives of interest, and are very pleased to have Mayor Bloomberg join us here.  - Ed.]  —  This is New York City: the ultimate destination and home to world-class hotels …
Pat Azzarello / Windows System Deployment:
Windows 7 Deployment Changes  —  Welcome back to the Windows system Deployment blog!  —  With the public availability of Windows 7 Beta on January 9, I thought it might be a good idea to talk a bit about the changes to deployment in Windows 7, as well as some of the reasons behind the changes.
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Is Microsoft working on a software center for Windows?  —  Have you ever wondered why Microsoft renamed the Add/Remove Programs (XP and earlier) control panel applet to Programs and Features (Vista onwards)?  It's possible that Microsoft is considering its own version of something comparable to Linux package management systems.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Android G2 Photos: Thinner and No Keyboard  —  Here they are: Alleged spy photos of the second generation Android cellphone, the thinner, shinier, and totally lickable T-Mobile G2 made by HTC.  It has no keyboard and its back looks oh-so-soap-bar-smooth:  —  As you can see, it has a 3.2 megapixel camera.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple quietly updates $999 white MacBook with unibody specs  —  Hmmm, what's this?  Did Apple just update its lowly, $999 white plastic polycarbonate MacBook to more closely align with its new unibody MacBooks?  Why yes, yes it has... sometime in the last 3 days according to Google's cache.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Ten years of futility: COPA finally, truly dead  —  COPA.  1998-2008.  Requiescat in Pace.  —  The Child Online Protection Act, now a decade old, appears to be permanently, completely, and otherwise absolutely dead now that the Supreme Court has rejected Bush Administration pleas to consider reviving the law one more time.
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James Vicini / Reuters:   Online pornography law appeal denied
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
Corporate America, Swing Your Ax Wisely  —  Big companies could lose valuable employees to rival startups if they abandon their traditional lure: job security  —  In December, IAC Interactive (IACI) CEO Barry Diller said the unthinkable—at least for a corporate executive amid a recession.
Matt Rosoff / Digital Noise:
Is the iPod Touch cannibalizing iPhone sales?  —  It looks like the iPod's still got a bit of life left.  It may no longer be the main driver of innovation at Apple, but the company sold 22.7 million iPods during its fiscal first quarter.  That's up 3 percent from the same period last year …
Discussion: CNET News
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Omniture's Outage Woes  —  The Web's most popular paid-analytics company is increasingly leaving its customers in the lurch.  —  One of the Web's biggest scorekeepers may be taking its eye off the ball.  —  Omniture (nasdaq: OMTR - news - people ), the Web's most popular paid tracker …
Discussion: Lies, Damned Lies
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
New Rackable Server Targets Cloud Economics  —  A diagram of a Rackable MicroSlice server tray.  —  Can racks filled with micro-servers provide the benefits of virtualization at a lower price point?  Rackable Systems (RACK) today disclosed a new server architecture that can pack up to 264 low-power …
Discussion: The Register
Stephanie Condon / CNET News:
Patent office rejects subdomain patent claims  —  Technology firms are often hampered by patent disputes, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office called into question last week a patent that had the potential to disrupt the habits of millions of Internet users.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
OneSeason Raises $3.5 Million For Its Sports Stock Market  —  OneSeason, the stock market for sports that lets users invest real money into their favorite athletes, has closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round led by Charles River Ventures.  To coincide with the funding …
Discussion: paidContent.org and VentureBeat
US-CERT:
Microsoft Windows Does Not Disable AutoRun Properly  —  Technical Cyber Security Alert TA09-020A  —  Systems Affected  —  Overview  —  Disabling AutoRun on Microsoft Windows systems can help prevent the spread of malicious code.  However, Microsoft's guidelines for disabling AutoRun …
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat:
PANDORA ADS INVASIVE COMMERCIALS  —  Change has come to Pandora.com, the popular free music site that lets listeners craft radio stations to fit their tastes.  —  The site added 15-second commercial breaks to its streaming music service Tuesday as it continues to experiment with new ways to generate revenue.
 
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