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5:10 AM ET, January 26, 2010

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  All-Time Highest Revenue and Profit New Accounting Standards Adopted  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 first quarter ended December 26, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $15.68 billion and a net quarterly profit of $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share.
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Bloomberg:
Apple's Cook Says AT&T Will Improve Wireless Network for IPhone  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. said AT&T Inc., the exclusive U.S. wireless carrier for the iPhone, plans to improve the performance of its network to reverse declining customer satisfaction with the service.
AppleInsider:
Apple profits soar 50% on record sales of 3.36M Macs, 8.7M iPhones  —  Apple said Monday that first-quarter profits shot up more than 50 percent to $3.38 billion, or $3.67 per diluted share, on record sales of $15.68 billion for the three-month period ended December 26, 2009.
New York Times:
With Apple Tablet, Print Media Hope for a Payday  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With the widely anticipated introduction of a tablet computer at an event here on Wednesday morning, Apple may be giving the media industry a kind of time machine — a chance to undo mistakes of the past.
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Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:   Is Scrollmotion involved with the tablet?
Boy Genius Report:
Verizon Wireless to store managers: Wednesday is a big day  —  Uh oh.  More Apple tablet-related news?  It would appear so, as we have just been briefed on what could be a solid Apple / Verizon connection.  —  One of our connects just told us that Verizon Wireless has a “kick off” …
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Mary Childs / Bloomberg:
Apple May Allow All U.S. Carriers to Sell IPhone  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. may release the iPhone to all U.S. wireless carriers in the next 18 months, doubling or tripling the number of devices sold, said Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co.
Cody Barbierri / VentureBeat:
Rumored Apple iPad advertisment surfaces  —  Just days before Apple's special event to launch what is said to be a tablet computer, a possible tablet advertisement has surfaced according to French blog NoWhereElse.fr. The video, now posted on YouTube (and embedded below) …
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Ben Edelman:
Google Toolbar Tracks Browsing Even After Users Choose “Disable”  —  Disclosure: I serve as co-counsel in unrelated litigation against Google, Vulcan Golf et al. v. Google et al.  I also serve as a consultant to various companies that compete with Google.  But I write on my own …
Discussion: PC World, Mashable! and Security Watch
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Cloudkick Rolls Out Freemium Model For Server Management System  —  Cloudkick, a Y Combinator-incubated startup that offers a free server management system to businesses, is rolling out its freemium model and additional features.  Cloudkick provides detailed graphs on the health of your servers …
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Bill Gates Defends Google, Then Pans It  —  Bill Gates dropped by The New York Times on Monday to discuss his full-time job as head of the Gates Foundation, the world's largest philanthropy, especially its work in global health and development.  —  Mr. Gates was on his way to the World Economic Forum …
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google is Reducing Share of AdSense Publishers  —  The latest earnings report from Google has some not-so-good news for web publishers (bloggers included) who are monetizing their online content through the Google AdSense program.  —  While Google has never disclosed the exact percentage …
Discussion: The Next Web
Graham Cluley / Graham Cluley's blog:
TechCrunch hit by hack attack, says 'we'll be back soon'  —  TechCrunch, one of the world's top blogs, has been hacked.  —  At approximately 6:20am GMT the site was replaced with this message, linking to a site containing links to adult material:  —  As far as we can tell at this point, the site was not infected with malware.
Rafat Ali / paidContent:
Facebook Investors: No 2010 IPO for Facebook  —  The two major investors in Facebook, speaking today at DLD in Munich, put a line in the sand: read their lips, no IPO for the company in 2010.  Both Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, and Yuri Milner of DST said on stage that they are in no hurry for an exit on Facebook.
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Sun CEO Set to Resign  —  If Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz's recent all-hands memo to employees had all the sentimentality of a farewell letter, it's likely because he's preparing to leave the company.  Sources close to Sun (JAVA) tell me Schwartz will soon resign as CEO, leaving the company …
Nick Saint / Silicon Alley Insider:
How Bands You've Never Heard Of Are Making Tons Of Money On iTunes (AAPL)  —  A band you've never heard of — AC/DC cover band AC/db — made over $32,000 from music sales in November.  —  How is that possible?  —  Under the old business model of music sales on physical media, it wouldn't be.
Gillian Reagan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Pushing TV Networks To Slash Prices On iTunes  —  On the eve of the Apple tablet release, Steve Jobs is asking TV networks to get cheap.  —  In meetings with television executives, Apple has also been urging a TV networks to slash their pricetags on shows sold through iTunes to $0.99 — half of the standard $1.99 price.
EvilElmer / The Android Mobile OS:
Exclusive: HTC Supersonic, First Look  —  Exclusive: HTC-Supersonic First Look, Sprint WiMax, Android 2.1  —  Amidst all of the rumors surrounding the HTC Supersonic we have obtained some photos and technical information that may put some to rest.  —  Android 2.1 w/ HTC Sense UI  —  Kickstand
Jeremy Toeman / LIVEdigitally:
Debunking: Those are NOT photos of the Apple Tablet  —  Saw on Mashable that some designer posted “actual” photos of the “tablet”.  I'm no photography expert, but they looked wrong from the beginning.  I can't say I've 100% proven it, but I'm pretty sure they are not correct.  Here's the photo (source):
Jim Giles / New Scientist:
To beat spam, turn its own weapons against it  —  SPAMMERS' own trickery has been used to develop an “effectively perfect” method for blocking the most common kind of spam, a team of computer scientists claims.  —  Most of the billions of spam messages sent each day originate in networks of compromised computers, called botnets.
Brian Raftery / Wired:
King of Cheez: The Internet's Meme Maestro Turns Junk Into Gold  —  What most people view as a workday time-suck, Ben Huh sees as a potential gold mine.  —  Photo: Misha Gravenor  —  Just how funny is a beer-drinking horse?  Ben Huh is sitting in his downtown Seattle office asking himself this question.
Discussion: TechFlash
Electronista:
IDC: Android to overtake iPhone, BlackBerry by 2013  —  Android will rise to be the second most used mobile OS in the world by 2013, according to a new IDC estimate.  Analysts still expect Symbian to hold on to its lead but that Google's OS will have grown 100 times larger since starting off in 2008 …
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Twitter Could Become the Unemployed's Best Friend  —  One of Twitter's advantages is that unlike e-mail messages or Facebook updates, tweets can reach an unknown audience — a benefit that recruiters, human resources departments and job-seekers are fast discovering.
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Reader Can Now Track Changes to Any Website - Even if it Can't Find a Feed  —  Google just announced an interesting update to Google Reader.  Google's online feed reader now allows you to track changes on any page - even those that don't feature an RSS feed.
 
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Microsoft releases an awesome Silverlight 4 Beta Client for Facebook …
Discussion: Redmond Pie, Thanks:imhassan
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Discussion: PSFK
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Future Of Music Business Models (And Those Who Are Already There)
Discussion: Electronic Frontier Foundation, Thanks:atul
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Analysts see Project Natal adding billions to Microsoft's revenue
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Nick Baum / The Official Google Blog:
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