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11:50 PM ET, October 19, 2009

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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple execs book flight time for mystery product, ‘not iPhone’, bafflement follows  —  We're deciphering Apple executives and their fourth quarter statements right now - but the initial take away at this stage is the company's mysterious admission that “air freight costs” are set to rise “abnormally” in the company's first quarter.
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's Tim Cook scoffs at iPhone competitors  —  The iPhone was the hot new thing a year or two ago, but now it's seeing increasing competition from Google, Palm, and others — for example, my editor Matt Marshall just declared that he's abandoning his iPhone for Droid, the Android phone coming at the end of the month.
Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  Most Profitable Quarter Ever; Record Mac and iPhone Sales — Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 fourth quarter ended September 26, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $9.87 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share.
AppleInsider:
Apple profits surge 46% on record sales of 3M Macs, 7.4M iPhones  —  Apple said Monday that fourth-quarter profits rose more than 46 percent to 1.67 billion, or $1.82 per diluted share, on sales of $9.87 billion for the three-month period ended September 26, 2009.
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
The new iPod nano: A flop?  —  The good news in Apple's earnings call this afternoon, according to CFO Peter Oppenheimer, is that the Cupertino company has sold more Macs and iPhones than it ever has in the past, beating previous Mac sales records by 444,000 or 17% year over year …
Jeff Aguero / The Official Google Blog:
Flying in a WiFi wonderland: Free Internet from Google on Virgin America flights  —  We know the holiday season seems to come earlier every year (sorry, Halloween), but before you make your final travel plans, we're excited to let you know that we're partnering with Virgin America …
Craig Newmark / The Huffington Post:
A Nerd's Take On The Future Of News Media  —  There are a lot of new technologies which already affect news consumption and future business models.  As a nerd, I'm excited by the new tech, particularly mobile, including new display systems and pervasive connectivity.
Discussion: Kindle Review, Podcasting News and broadstuff, Thanks:atul
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
First Images: BlackBerry Watch is FOR REAL!  —  * Update - Just to be clear as I've seen some confusion in the commments, but as far as we know at this time the inPulse watch is not being made by/for BlackBerry (it won't feature a BlackBerry logo), but is being made for use with BlackBerry Smartphones.
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
LEAKED: Details of the Facebook Home Page Redesign [Screenshots]  —  A few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design.  Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for the Facebook Publisher box and a new, Friendfeed-like “Top News” filter for the news feed.
Discussion: Inside Facebook and CNET News, Thanks:taylorbuley
Simon Willison / Simon Willison's Weblog:
This shouldn't be the image of Hack Day  —  I love hack days.  I was working in the vicinity of Chad Dickerson when he organised the first internal Yahoo! Hack Day back in 2005, and I've since participated in hack day events at Yahoo!, Global Radio and the Guardian.
Knot Pipatsrisawat / Facebook Blog:
Giving Groups a Stronger Voice  —  Facebook Groups have long been a part of the Facebook experience as a way for people to organize and discuss particular issues of interest.  However, until now, Group activities have been isolated to the group page and it was often difficult to find out what currently was going on within a group.
John Carney / Silicon Alley Insider:
Do Rajaratnam's Google Trades Really Amount To Insider Trading?  —  There is room for doubt about whether trades that Raj Rajaratnam made in the stock of Google really count as prohibited insider trading.  —  But the Second Circuit, which will be overseeing the case against Rajaratnam …
Discussion: TechFlash
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Photobucket To Be Valued At $60 Million In Sale To Ontela  —  Lots more details are coming in on the Photobucket fire sale by MySpace/News Corp. The sale is all but complete, say new sources.  And the buyer is definitely Washington state based Ontela.  —  Ontela, a mobile photo upload …
Discussion: The Seattle Times, TechFlash and mocoNews, Thanks:mrinaldesai
springdesign.com:
Spring Design Announces Dual-Screen,  —  Google Android-based E-book Reader, Hyperlinking Text with Multimedia  —  Secondary color touchscreen supplements text with web-based or any linked multimedia content; Enables users to enhance original text with their own embedded video, audio, photos and notes
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Twitter hits five billion tweets  —  Former Current Media executive Robin Sloan appears to have posted Twitter's five billionth tweet, in the form of a reply to another user that otherwise read only “Oh lord.”  —  The landmark status of Sloan's tweet, which he has nicknamed “The Pentagigatweet …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: U.S. Spies Buy Stake in Firm That Monitors Blogs, Tweets  —  America's spy agencies want to read your blog posts, keep track of your Twitter updates — even check out your book reviews on Amazon.  —  In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the CIA and the wider intelligence community …
Steven Levy / Wired News:
Mob Rule!  How Users Took Over Twitter  —  Last August, the people who putatively run Twitter — the small crew that three years ago launched the world's fastest-growing communications medium — announced a relatively minor change in the way the site functions.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
SCO fires CEO Darl McBride, architect of litigation strategy  —  In an SEC filing published today, SCO revealed that CEO Darl McBride has been terminated and is no longer with the company.  The decision to fire the controversial CEO is part of a restructuring plan that is based on recommendations …
Deborah Gage / PE Hub Blog:
Accel Expands In India  —  Accel has hired Neeraj Bharadwaj away from Apax, where he worked for a decade, to build up Accel's portfolio in India.  —  So far, Accel has made early stage investments in India out of a $60 million seed stage fund it closed late last year.
Discussion: PR Newswire
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
FriendFeed Not Dead, Just In A State Of “Chrysalis,” Says Co-founder  —  This weekend, a number of people had things to say about the decay and seemingly inevitable death of FriendFeed.  That included us, twice.  While this was going on, the FriendFeed team remained largely silent, even on their own product.
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Next Web, Thanks:atul
Jacqueline Emigh / Computerworld:
Apple Restores Banned 3G TV iPhone App  —  In another episode in an apparent series of developer-friendly moves, Apple seems to have unbanned a previously banned 3G TV iPhone application over the weekend.  —  In another episode in an apparent series of developer-friendly moves …
Discussion: PC World and Digits
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Fake security software in millions of computers: Symantec  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Tens of millions of U.S. computers are loaded with scam security software that their owners may have paid for but which only makes the machines more vulnerable, according to a new Symantec report on cybercrime.
Discussion: Neowin.net
Matt Asay / The Open Road:
EU's MySQL inquiry may backfire for open source  —  It takes time, leadership, and a fair amount of luck to successfully build an open-source community.  It also takes money.  Lots of it, if IBM's $1 billion commitment to Linux is any indication.  —  Unfortunately, the return …
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Free Silverlight streaming service to be replaced by paid Azure-hosted service  —  Microsoft is discontinuing its free Silverlight Streaming service and replacing it with a paid, Azure-hosted service before the end of calendar 2009.  —  Microsoft is confirming the report I saw on LiveSide.Net …
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / InfoWorld:
IPv6 addresses: North American ISPs are now grabbing for them over IPv4  —  A sign that U.S. businesses are finally preparing for the shift to the next-gen IP protocol  —  U.S. ISPs are requesting more IPv6 addresses and fewer IPv4 addresses than ever before — a sign that carriers are investing …
 
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Daniel Terdiman / CNET News:
Internet Archive's BookServer could ‘dominate’ Amazon
Chris Kanaracus / Computerworld:
BMC buys Tideway for component tracking tools
Discussion: eWeek and PE Hub Blog
The Local:
Pirate Bay appeal pushed back to next summer
Discussion: Slyck
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Times Says It Will Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs
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Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Search-Titan Google Makes Display Play With ROI Tool
Discussion: the Econsultancy blog, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Bloomberg:
Apple May Need Earnings of $1.60 a Share for Stock to Climb, Analyst Says
Discussion: CNET News
Mac Slocum / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What lit mag McSweeney's could teach news orgs about the iPhone
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's 360-degree 3D display prototype makes virtual pets more lifelike, expensive
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Waveboard Brings Google Wave to the Mac Desktop, iPhone App to Follow
Thanks:aczafra