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3:48 AM ET, April 23, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Best March Quarter Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter ended March 28, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's Tim Cook: Why don't we make netbooks?  Because they suck  —  Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook, who is leading the company in Steve Jobs' absence, took some sharp jabs at netbooks (computers that are smaller and cheaper than laptops) this afternoon.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Crushes Earnings, Guidance Fine  —  Apple (AAPL) handily beat the Street's sales and earnings estimates for the March quarter, and June quarter guidance looks fine — conservative as usual.  —  No breaking news on the company's earnings call: As usual, COO Tim Cook says he's bored …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple happy with AT&T, indicates no plans for CDMA iPhone
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Facebook Exec Van Natta Set to Take Over at MySpace, as Founder DeWolfe Prepares to Step Down  —  Finally, Owen Van Natta is about to win out over a founder.  —  The former Facebook COO (pictured here) is poised to become the CEO of MySpace, replacing Co-founder and current CEO Chris DeWolfe.
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News Corporation:
Chris DeWolfe to Step Down as CEO of MySpace  —  Will serve as strategic advisor to Company  —  Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 2009 - MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller, announced today that, by mutual agreement, Mr. DeWolfe will not be renewing …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The First Ten Things the New CEO of MySpace Should Do  —  There has been a lot of speculation on the future of MySpace since today's news that Chris DeWolfe may step down as CEO.  A few disclaimers: First, I'm personal friends with Chris and think the world of him.  He is a visionary, a great leader and a true gentleman.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Speculation Time: Who's The Next CEO Of MySpace?
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
AT&T Vs Pre: Internal Document Smackdown.  Oh No You Didn't!  —  Want more evidence that the Pre release is imminent?  How about AT&T sending a document around their internal network for employees to bone-up on some anti-Pre, pro-iPhone talking points ...and then holding some in-store seminars …
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
New Jawbone Headset: More Comfortable, Better Sound, Flashy Colors  —  I feel like I should start anything I write about headsets with a disclaimer: I've still never met one I can love unreservedly.  I have trouble getting them to stay in my ear; I find myself having to futz with buttons and Bluetooth …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's The Deal with OAuth?  —  OAuth is an open protocol that Twitter is experimenting with along with other companies such as Yahoo, Netflix, and Google.  The idea is that folks can use awesome Twitter related applications and services like We Follow or TipJoy without giving away their account credentials.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple removes ‘Baby Shaker’ from App Store  —  Apple has removed the Baby Shaker application from the App Store, just hours after it was discovered.  —  The application still shows up in the App Store search, but upon clicking on the title, an error message appears.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Feel Like Shaking A Baby To Death? There's An App For That.
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Time Warner, Embarq Fight to Outlaw 100 Mbps Community Broadband in Wilson, NC  —  The cable companies aren't happy that they've been one-upped in both price and quality of service  —  Time Warner Inc., after finally dropping its plans for metered internet services for the time being, appears to be back to its old ways.
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.  The ecommerce company posted first quarter revenue of $2.02 billion, a $171.6 million year …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:   With an IPO on Its Mind, Skype Shows Growth
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
eBay's Q1 earnings dip despite Skype, Paypal boost
Discussion: The Register
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Look: We Take YouTube RealTime For A Spin  —  Earlier today we reported on YouTube's plans to roll out a new real-time product that adds a new social layer to YouTube, allowing friends to share the videos they're watching with each other in real time, without having to turn to outside chat programs or Twitter.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jon / p2pnet:
Upsurge in anti-P2P actions under Obama  —  Movies:- Any hope that the appointment of five RIAA lawyers to the new US Department of Justice was something of an aberration can now be dashed.  —  And any doubt that the Obama administration will take over from George W. Bush …
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Jon / p2pnet:
Europe says No! to French anti-P2P plan
Discussion: ISPreview UK
William P. Barrett / Forbes:
Steve Jobs: Nobody Loves Me  —  Steve Jobs, adulated gadget hero, was feeling underappreciated not too long ago.  —  Steve Jobs, the man rolling out iPods, iPhones and cool computers to millions of adoring customers, once felt he wasn't getting enough respect—from his own board of directors.
Discussion: Epicenter and Gawker
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Asks Users If They'll Pay For Vanity URLs  —  As Facebook searches for ways to increase their revenue, some users are being asked if they are willing to pay for vanity URLs.  For those unaware of what vanity URLs are, they are the short strings that follow “facebook.com”.
Discussion: louisgray.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 8 starts to come into focus  —  I get questions periodically about whether Windows 7 marks the end of the Microsoft operating system road.  —  Some users wonder whether will Microsoft's next version of Windows be completely cloud-based?  Will it be Midori with the Windows name slapped on it?
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House may relieve DHS of cybersecurity role  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The federal official overseeing a 60-day review of the U.S. government's cybersecurity efforts indicated Wednesday that the final report recommends shifting more responsibilities to the White House.
Rodrigo Davies / BBC:
Slow start for Nokia's music plan  —  Nokia's all-inclusive Comes With Music mobile service has been much slower to attract UK consumers than expected, according to an industry consultancy.  —  Music Ally claimed yesterday that Comes With Music has won 23,000 British subscribers since launching last year.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:   Exclusive: Nokia reveals Comes With Music stats
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft pubCenter beta goes public  —  Microsoft pubCenter, an ad publishing tool (think Google Adsense) from Microsoft Advertising, after existing as a private beta for a number of months, goes into public beta today, April 22.  —  Kevin McCabe, Senior Product Manager for pubCenter beta …
 
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James Brightman / GameDaily:
Will Wright Confirms Future Involvement in Spore Franchise
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
One bot-infected PC = 600,000 spam messages a day
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Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
To catch a (cyber) thief: It's not easy
Discussion: iTnews Australia
Devidutta Tripathy / Reuters:
India adds record 15.6 million mobile users in March
Discussion: Gizmodo
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foodista Raises $550,000 From Amazon And Other Angels
Discussion: TechFlash and Brier Dudley's blog, Thanks:sparsa
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Tories plan Google ambush of budget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware's first quarter better than expected
Discussion: Business Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Oswald / VentureBeat:
Quickoffice beats Microsoft to the punch with iPhone app for Office documents
Discussion: infoSync World
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why AT&T Wants to Keep the iPhone Away From Verizon
Discussion: New York Times, GigaOM, Gadget Lab and Phone Arena, Thanks:atul
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
To Tweet or Not to Tweet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alfred Hitchcock …
Discussion: Bits, Switched and BLDGBLOG
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Second Life cracks whip on adult content
Discussion: Associated Press
Saul Hansell / Bits:
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