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4:45 AM ET, January 22, 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.
Brian X. Chen / Gadget Lab:
Apple Still Oblivious to Netbook Opportunity
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Apple on its cash, netbooks, Apple TV, iPhone nano and the Palm Pre
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama Staff Arrives to White House Stuck in Dark Ages of Technology  —  If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past.  —  Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign …
Discussion: TechFlash and Geek News Central
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. …
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
Phil Wolff / Skype Journal:
2008q3: Skype activity spikes, revenue growth slows
Discussion: GigaOM, WebProNews and VentureBeat
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.
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.
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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.
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft's internal org chart down amid layoff chatter  —  With rumors of layoffs swirling, some Microsoft workers were dismayed on Wednesday to discover that the company's online internal organizational chart tool is scheduled to be down until Friday.  —  According to several online postings …
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Eric Schmidt Talks Google, Apple, Energy, Obama With Jim Cramer  —  Google CEO Eric Schmidt was on Jim Cramer's Mad Money this evening to talk about a wide range of issues, from Obama to Steve Jobs.  —  On Google killing its print ads business: “That particular product didn't work particularly well and we're trying other solutions.
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.
Reuters:
Sony warns of £2 billion loss on yen  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp warned it would post a bigger-than-expected $2.9 billion (2 billion pound) operating loss this business year due to sliding demand, a stronger yen and costs to restructure its ailing electronics operations.
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.
Kate Greene / Technology Review:
Crowd-Sourcing the World  —  A startup hopes to tap into the expertise of developing nations via cell phones.  —  As smart as computers may seem, they can't match humans in certain tasks: describing the contents of an image, rating the quality of Web search results, or transcribing …
Stephen Hutcheon / Sydney Morning Herald:
Watch out Wikipedia, here comes Britannica 2.0  —  Encyclopedia Britannica president Jorge Cauz.  Inset: Wikipedia's cofounder Jimmy Wales.  —  In a move to take on Wikipedia, the Encyclopedia Britannica is inviting the hoi polloi to edit, enhance and contribute to its online version.
Discussion: Times of London
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
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 …
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 and TUAW
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 …
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.
 
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