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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports First-Quarter Results  —  Windows and Xbox exceed expectations due to strong consumer demand; cost discipline drives earnings per share growth  —  Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)  —  View the PowerPoint Earnings Release  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue …
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Andrew Nusca / Between the Lines:
Demand for Windows 7, Xbox lifts Microsoft earnings; more losses online  —  Microsoft said on Friday (techmeme) that strong demand for the just-released Windows 7 operating system and its popular Xbox gaming console lifted the company's financial results this quarter, beating expectations.
Discussion: Softpedia News and Electronista
Gaurav Shukla / AndroidOS.in:
Android powered “Motorola Zeppelin” spotted (Update)  —  As we await the launch of Verizon Moto Droid on Oct 28, , we have yet another Motorola Android phone, which needs considerable attention.  —  It was spotted by Digi.QQ.com, a chinese tech website.  According to the website …
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Boy Genius Report:
Motorola Droid makes appearance on Motorola's site  —  Uh... so much for an announcement event?  Or Motorola just doesn't know what the hell is going on (most likely the reason), because the Motorola Droid makes an official appearance on Moto's U.S. site.  It just might be that we were sent …
John Ribeiro / PC World:
Google Placates India, China With Different Map Versions  —  Google has hit upon an interesting way of placating both China and India over the way its map application displays Arunachal Pradesh, a region whose ownership is disputed by the two countries.  —  The Chinese version …
Discussion: Softpedia News, AppScout and All Points Blog, Thanks:enauzer
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Ballmer on the Smartphone Race: “It Doesn't Matter What the Critics Say”  —  In this segment of my exclusive interview series with Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, I brought up the sore subject of Windows Mobile 6.5.  After defending it, he cited another product that did well but suffers mounting criticism: Nokia smartphones.
Discussion: Internet2Go and Softpedia News
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Joanna Stern / Gizmodo:
Video: Dell Adamo XPS Can Only Be Opened By Rubbing It  —  The Dell Adamo XPS isn't only ridiculously thin, but it opens like no laptop ever seen before.  Its propped up keyboard can only be opened by sliding a finger on the lid's heat sensing strip.  See it to believe it...  Did your mouth drop?
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Netflix to Launch Streaming-Only Service...but Not in the U.S.  —  During yesterday's Q3 earnings call, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed the company's plans to launch a streaming-only service which will allow users to watch movies via their PCs without having to sign up for the DVD-by-mail portion of the Netflix service.
Discussion: Download Squad
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Apple Ads' New Target: Windows 7 (See the Videos!)  —  Here are the three new Apple (AAPL) commercials trying to take a smack at the launch of Windows 7 (MSFT), the new operating system software from Microsoft.  —  The “Get a Mac” advertising features the PC and Mac guys, as usual, but are quite a bit meaner than usual.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Facebook Now Accounts For 1 In 4 Internet Pageviews  —  Here's a startling conclusion by Perry Drake of database marketing firm Drake Direct:  —  Facebook accounts for 25% of U.S. online pageviews.  —  Perry's analysis was prompted by a study showing that the figure in the U.K. is 1 in 7.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Nigeria actually arrests, shuts down online scammers  —  It turns out Nigeria is taking measures to fight Internet scams—law enforcement there has shut down close to a thousand websites and made 18 arrests as part of a new initiative to save the nation's reputation and crack down on Internet scammers.
Discussion: The Next Web and The Register, Thanks:enauzer
Raylene Yung / Facebook Blog:
New Views for Your Home Page  —  At Facebook, one of our main priorities is helping you stay on top of what is going on with the people and things you care about most.  That's why today we are beginning to roll out some changes to the home page that simplify your experience by offering …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Book listing implies Apple to release ‘Aperture X’ in 2010  —  A new book available for preorder on Amazon.com implies that a new 3.0 version of Aperture, called Apple Aperture X, could be coming by May 2010.  —  The book title is listed as “Apple Aperture X (3) - UNDER NDA …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Softpedia News
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
AOL: We're working on something big and secret  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Tim Armstrong is such a tease.  —  The AOL CEO, speaking at the Web 2.0 Summit on Thursday, didn't have any high-profile announcements like many of the other speakers at the conference.  But instead, he hinted that one might be on the way.
Discussion: Softpedia News
Andy Ihnatko / Chicago Sun Times:
Windows 7 is a triumph in the operating system's line  —  Windows 7 Demo … I found Windows 7, officially released Thursday, to be confusing and disorienting from the very start.  I felt lost: where was the familiar sensation of pain, frustration and rage that has acted as the compass guiding …
Discussion: Slate
Electronista:
Burger King Japan selling Windows 7 burgers  —  Microsoft has taken the unusual step of promoting Windows 7 in Japan with Burger King's launch of a Windows 7 Whopper.  Fitting in with the software theme, the burger stacks seven patties in an otherwise normal Whopper and measures 5.1 inches tall.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Epicenter:
App Turns iPhone Into Dime Jukebox  —  The legal price for a tune on an iPhone could drop to a dime in no time, thanks to the wonders of cloud computing.  That's if Apple approves an iPhone app from the innovative music service Lala, which the company says will happen by the end of the year.
Discussion: Music Ally and iPhone Buzz
Major Nelson / Xbox Live's Major Nelson:
We have no plans for Blu-Ray on Xbox 360  —  During an interview yesterday, Steve Ballmer was asked about Blu-Ray and the Xbox 360.  I wanted to clear something up.  Steve was referring to Blu-Ray accessories for the PC.  As we have said in the past, we have no plans to introduce a Blu-Ray drive for the Xbox 360.
AdWords API Blog:
AdWords API v200909 now available!  —  We're happy to announce the newest version of AdWords API v2009 beta! v200909 introduces several new features to the AdWords API; we've highlighted the main points below.  For a complete list of the changes in v200909, please see our release notes.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
Tech advice from Tim Berners-Lee  —  SAN FRANCISCO—When Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, entered the room for the final interview at the Web 2.0 Summit, the audience stood up for him.  —  Appropriately so, since most of those present here Thursday owe their livelihoods to his invention.
Thanks:atul
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ships Final Cut apps upgrade, new OS X Server tools  —  Apple has unleashed a pair of important software updates, one for users of its professional applications, the other for Mac OS X server admins (whose numbers recently begun to swell on the release of the Mac mini server configuration).
Discussion: Computerworld
Beverly Yang / Official Google Reader Blog:
Reading gets personal with Popular items and Personalized ranking  —  (Cross-posted with the Official Google Blog)  —  Today, we're launching two changes to Google Reader to help you discover more interesting content faster.  Just as the launch of Personalized Search improved search results based …
Telegraph:
PayPal opens up API  —  Pay Pal, the online payment service, is opening up its platform to developers on Nov 3  —  Scott Thompson, PayPal's president, made the announcement at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco.  He said: “I am proud to say in just two weeks, PayPal …
Thanks:enauzer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
That Was Fun, But Now Nokia's Looking To Sell Off Dopplr  —  The damn ink isn't even dry on the Dopplr acquisition by Nokia that everyone said would never happen (it did).  And yet, we're now hearing rumors that Nokia is quietly looking for a buyer to take the travel social network off their hands.
Discussion: ArcticStartup
Agam Shah / Computerworld:
Canonical takes on Win 7 with Ubuntu 9.10 RC  —  IDG News Service - Canonical on Thursday made available the Release Candidate of its latest Linux-based operating system, Ubuntu 9.10, on the same day Microsoft launched the long-awaited Windows 7.  —  The upcoming Canonical release …
 
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Gagan Biyani / MobileCrunch:
ScrollMotion releases in-app purchase, has sold over 200,000 e-books on the iPhone
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Jeremy Kirk / Computerworld:
Botnets contributing more than ever to click fraud
Discussion: eWeek, Maximum PC and threatpost
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At Slate, small is the new big
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Eric Schmidt gives intern-placement network InternInc a leg up
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McCain introduces bill to block FCC's net neutrality rules
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