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11:45 PM ET, January 25, 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.
Discussion: The Mac Observer
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.
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The First Apple Tablet Commercial?  No Way.  —  Earlier today, the French site Nowhereelse.fr posted a video of what looks to be a commercial for Apple's new tablet device, expected to be unveiled on Wednesday during an Apple event in San Francisco.  The video led VentureBeat to wonder …
Discussion: eWeek, Digits and Austin Startup
Peter Farago / blog.flurry.com:
Apple Tablet: The Second Stage Media Booster Rocket  —  Insights from Tracking 200 Apps Across 50 Apple Tablets in Testing  —  Using Flurry Analytics, the company identified approximately 50 devices that match the characteristics of Apple's rumored tablet device.
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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.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Publishers talk about Apple's tablet  —  We had a chance to speak with a few friends in the publishing business last week.  Both work in Manhattan for companies not previously quoted by the Wall St. Journal or Bloomberg but who were recently contacted by Apple with tablet information in the past two weeks.
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 …
Discussion: Maximum PC and TechCrunch
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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 Baum / The Official Google Blog:
Extensions, bookmark sync and more for Google Chrome  —  Today we're excited to introduce a new stable release of Google Chrome for Windows, which includes two of the browser's most frequently requested features: extensions and bookmark sync.  —  Extensions let you add new features and functions to your browser.
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 …
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Sinead Carew / Reuters:
Droid to help Verizon narrow gap with AT&T
Discussion: Phone Arena
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.
Discussion: Financial Times
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.
Imran Hussain / ithinkdifferent:
Microsoft releases an awesome Silverlight 4 Beta Client for Facebook for Windows and OS X  —  Back in April 2009, Microsoft had demoed a Facebook app called Silverface for Windows 7 based on Facebook's Open Stream API.  The app looked amazing and utilized new Windows 7 desktop features very well.
Discussion: Redmond Pie, Thanks:imhassan
Eric Eldon / Inside Facebook:
Screenshots: Facebook Application and Game Dashboards Start to Go Live  —  Facebook has been showing off screenshots, running tests, and otherwise telling developers to watch out for big new changes to the home page UI and other aspects of the developer platform in recent weeks.
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware earnings shine: Customers ‘move forward’ on IT spending  —  VMware's fourth quarter handily topped expectations as the company saw strong demand for its vSphere virtualization platform.  Meanwhile, the company said customers are beginning to spend more money and raised its first quarter revenue outlook.
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.
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
The Future Of Music Business Models (And Those Who Are Already There)  —  I'm at the Midem conference this week, and in preparing for it, Steven Masur asked me to write up a chapter for a book he was putting together of thoughts from various thinkers for a gathering of the International Association …
Thanks:atul
Kim-Mai Cutler / VentureBeat:
Creepy Chrome ads unintentionally highlight Google's data prowess  —  This probably wasn't intentional on part of Google's marketing team.  But it sure is eerie!  —  It's a London billboard ad promoting Google's web browser Chrome, showing stats on how the product helped one hypothetical user grab …
Discussion: PSFK
Kunur Patel / AdAge:
Dentsu Acquires 360i, Taking a Big Digital Shop off the Table  —  Few Large Targets Remain as Interactive Agency M&A Heats Up  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — If you're looking to acquire a U.S. digital agency of scale, the pool of prospective acquisitions just got a bit smaller.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Some SEO Advice For Bill Gates  —  What do you get for Bill Gates, the richest person in the world?  How about a little free SEO advice for his new blog?  It could use some.  —  Bill, I went looking for your blog today on Google.  Sorry, like many people, I have a habit of using that search engine first.
 
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Discussion: GigaOM
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Bianca Male / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Sarmad Ali / Digits:
Holy Tweet: Pope Urges Priests to Use Digital Tools
Discussion: Ars Technica and CNET News
Todd Bishop / TechFlash:
Analysts see Project Natal adding billions to Microsoft's revenue
Thanks:johnhcook
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Factery Labs' New Fact Engine: Just What Real-Time Search Needs
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
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