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3:05 PM ET, October 23, 2009

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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.
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Motorola Droid Preview  —  If you're a Droid-chaser, you've no doubt been hooked to BGR for the past few weeks (more than normal, maybe?).  We have our very own Motorola Droid handset, and although the software isn't final, it's solid enough where we feel comfortable giving you a nice preview of the unit.
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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 …
Computerworld:
Motorola Droid Debuts, Then Disappears
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
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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
Stephanie Ebbert / Boston Globe:
Apple gets to fly banner, despite rules  —  State advertising panel says billboard ‘illegal’  —  An ad for the Apple iPod Touch is displayed on the side of a Planet Self Storage site in Boston.  (Yoon S. Byun/Globe staff)  —  The mayor's campaign treasurer acknowledged this week …
Discussion: AppleInsider and EverythingiCafe
Chris Dannen / Fast Company:
Amazon's Working on Kindle Reader Software for Mac, Too  —  Microsoft announced at its Windows 7 launch that Amazon is releasing a Kindle reader for Windows.  An Amazon spokesperson told me late Thursday: “Yes, we are working on a Kindle app for Mac.”  With so many conduits for Kindle reading …
Discussion: MacRumors and 9 to 5 Mac
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Amazon.com:
Introducing “Kindle for PC” …
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
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.
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.
AppleInsider:
Apple preparing Aperture X upgrade to 3.0 [u]  —  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 is listed as “Apple Aperture X (3) - UNDER NDA: A Workflow Guide for Digital Photographers …
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
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.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Google chief favors net neutrality but is wary of government regulation of Web  —  Google chief executive Eric Schmidt favors net neutrality, but only to a point: While the tech player wants to make sure that telecommunications giants don't steer Internet traffic in a way that would favor …
Joseph Galante / Bloomberg:
Amazon.com Shares Break Dot-Com Record as Profit Beats Analysts' Estimates  —  Oct. 23 (Bloomberg) — Amazon.com Inc., cited a decade ago as an example of an overvalued dot-com stock, rose to an intraday record in Nasdaq trading today after third-quarter earnings trounced analysts' estimates.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Did Nokia Sue Apple Before Apple Could Sue Nokia?  —  Analysts mulling over Nokia's IP infringment suit against Apple seem to be of two minds about how the action will play out.  There are those, like Neil Mawston at Strategy Analytics and Ben Wood at CCS Insight, who warn Apple (AAPL) is on dangerous ground here, at best.
Discussion: mocoNews and Mashable!
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.
Eric Eldon / Inside Social Games:
More Rumors on EA-Playfish Deal: Due Diligence, Acquisition Numbers  —  Gaming giant Electronic Arts has been looking closely at acquiring a leading social gaming company, Playfish, we and others have heard from multiple sources in the last couple weeks.  However, we have since heard …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe
Tristana Moore / Time:
Can a Customized Newspaper Survive the Demise of Print?  —  As journalists the world over bemoan the state of the newspaper industry amid layoffs and folding broadsheets, two young German entrepreneurs are rushing head-first into the fray, launching a new paper tailored to the individual tastes of their readers.
Discussion: Romenesko
 
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple ships Final Cut apps upgrade, new OS X Server tools
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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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Windows 7 is a triumph in the operating system's line
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