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6:10 PM ET, October 19, 2009

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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.
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Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid hands on!  —  We absolutely nailed this puppy to the wall over and over and over again, so it's only fitting we'd be doing the first actual unveiling, right?  We're not going to get too in-depth though, that will come at a later time.  Here are some brief thoughts before the photos:
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 …
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.
FoneFrenzy:
Bigger News for Verizon Than Motorola's Droid  —  This weekend was chocked full of Verizon and Motorola news.  Earlier this month, Verizon and Google had a joint news conference debuting the new Motorola Droid and announcing a partnership to leverage high-speed network and open Android platform for wireless innovation.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:   Apple testing 4G iPhone on Verizon, a blogger claims
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.
springdesign.com:
Spring Design Announces Dual Screen 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
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
Amy Schatz / Digits:
Facebook and Twitter Founders Join Net-Neutrality Wars  —  Fed up with a barrage of letters that arrived at the FCC last week from net-neutrality opponents (or lawmakers urging a cautious approach toward the new rules), a coalition of Internet companies are urging the FCC chairman to hold steady.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Plastic Logic Offers a (Quick) Look at Its Kindle Killer: Meet the Que  —  Plastic Logic, which has been talking up its coming e-reader for some time now but hasn't actually started selling it, has a little more to say: It will have more to say about its coming e-reader in a few months.
Microsoft:
Microsoft Update on Sidekick Data Restoration  —  The Danger / Microsoft team is continuing to work around the clock on the data restoration process.  We apologize that this is taking so long, but we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to maintain the integrity of your data.
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Ad agencies stump for Microsoft-Yahoo search deal  —  An advertising industry association—backed by four of the world's largest ad agencies—sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday endorsing the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal, saying it “enhances competition.”
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Digits:
Photo-Blogging Site DailyBooth Raises $1 Million  —  Money continues to rain down on “real-time” start-ups-Web sites, like Twitter, that are devoted to helping users share details about their lives as they happen.  The latest example: a fledgling two-person company called DailyBooth …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Rock Band Hits The App Store  —  The much anticipated and hyped Rock Band for iPhone and iPod Touch is out!  We first scooped the news of the launch of the app a few weeks ago.  Shortly afterwards, Rock Band for the iPhone/iPod touch was officially announced by Electronic Arts.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony's 360-degree 3D display prototype makes virtual pets more lifelike, expensive  —  In case you missed it, Sony's got a thing for 3D with big plans to push the technology into your living room next year.  While the first application will be applied to the flat screen TV …
Discussion: Maximum PC
Richard Perez-Pena / Media Decoder:
Times Says It Will Cut 100 Newsroom Jobs  —  The New York Times plans to eliminate 100 newsroom jobs - about 8 percent of the total - by year's end, offering buyouts to union and non-union employees, and resorting to layoffs if it cannot get enough people to leave voluntarily, the paper announced on Monday.
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 …
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.
Thanks:atul
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 …
Discussion: TechFlash and The Next Web
Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Microsoft CEO Ballmer Announces SharePoint Server 2010, Office 2010 Beta  —  Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 will include a greater degree of cloud-based functionality and faster enterprise search, according to the company, and be available as a public beta in November along with Microsoft Office 2010.
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 …
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.
Claudine Beaumont / Telegraph:
Microsoft to open Apple store rival in Arizona  —  Microsoft's first dedicated high-street store will open in the trendy US town of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Thursday  —  The opening will coincide with the launch of Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 7.
 
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Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Waveboard Brings Google Wave to the Mac Desktop, iPhone App to Follow
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Robin Wauters / TechCrunch Europe:
Google loses Europe COO Ben Legg to European Directories
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
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