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1:05 AM ET, January 19, 2011

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Record Mac, iPhone, iPad Sales Drive Highest Revenue and Earnings Ever  —  Revenue Grows 71 Percent; Earnings Grow 78 Percent  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 first quarter ended December 25, 2010.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Apple COO Tim Cook Dismisses Android Tablets As “Bizarre”  —  Apple's iPad is a hit.  The company sold 7.3 million iPads in the December quarter of 2010, a 75 percent increase from the previous quarter.  But judging from all the Android tablets announced at CES, it is about to face an onslaught of competition.
Daniel Eran Dilger / AppleInsider:
Apple commits $3.9 billion to secret long term component contracts  —  Apple's chief operations executive Tim Cook revealed that the company had entered into long term component supply contracts worth $3.9 billion over the next two years.  —  Cook noted that the secret deals were a “fantastic” …
Discussion: Engadget
Philip Michaels / Macworld:
Holiday sales help Apple start the fiscal year in style
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reports Record 1Q 2011: $6 Billion Profit on $26.74 Billion in Revenue
Discussion: AppleInsider and Apple
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Exclusive: HP / Palm's webOS tablets — pictures, plans, and more  —  Oh, hello.  A trusted tipster just sent in these internal renders of HP / Palm's “Topaz” webOS tablet, which is one of two tablets currently being developed in Sunnyvale.  That's right, two tablets: the 9-inch Topaz …
Doron Levin / Fortune:
Steve Jobs went to Switzerland in search of cancer treatment  —  Fortune has learned that Apple CEO Steve Jobs spent part of 2009 at a hospital in Basel, Switzerland seeking treatment for neuroendocrine cancer, which he had surgically treated in 2004.  In early 2009, the tech and investing worlds …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
In SEC Filing, Apple Stresses Jobs Will “Remain Involved In Major …
Discussion: Fortune
Meg James / Company Town:
Comcast will retain NBC's stake in Hulu, but is stripped of control  —  Call it the Hulu Handcuff.  —  The federal government is making sure that Comcast Corp. won't be able to use its newfound clout when it takes control of NBC Universal to sabotage the online video website Hulu.
Discussion: Pulse2 and TechCrunch
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Media Decoder:
Comcast-NBC Deal Wins Federal Approval
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Cold Water on the iPad 2 Retina Display Hype  —  Rumors are rampant that the upcoming iPad 2 will feature a higher-resolution retina display.  Long story short: No, it won't.  —  The current iPad has a 1024 × 768 display; a double-resolution retina display iPad would have a 2048 × 1536 display.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac, TiPb and IGN Gear
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Richard Gaywood / TUAW:   iPads and Retina Displays: Doing the math
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing Terminates Relationship With Publisher Doing Tricky Home Page Switch  —  Is Facebook's third largest advertiser really a site that tries to trick people into switching to Bing?  Apparently not.  Still, Bing's not happy with this particular affiliate's tactics being outed.
Jeremy Keith / Adactio:
Badge of shame  —  The W3C have unveiled a logo for HTML5.  I'm not sure the world needs such a logo, but I think it looks pretty good.  It reminds me of some of the promotional materials used by the Web Standards Project back in the day—simple bold lines that work well at small sizes, with a whiff of Russian constructivism.
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Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Two charged over iPad hacking on AT&T network  —  (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors filed criminal charges against two people accused of stealing the email addresses and other personal data of about 120,000 users of Apple Inc's iPad tablet computer.  —  Daniel Spitler and Andrew Auernheimer …
Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Docs to Add Preview Pane, Music Player, Collections  —  Google Docs code includes references to some upcoming features that could make the service better suited for storing media content.  There are many references to a preview pane that will allow you to view more information …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Softpedia News, Thanks:arpitnext
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Microsoft Brings the First Piece of Office to the iPhone: OneNote  —  While Microsoft still hopes to one day rival the iPhone, the company's Office unit is the latest part of Redmond to acknowledge that, for now at least, the iPhone reigns supreme.  —  Microsoft is releasing on Tuesday …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Starbucks launches mobile payment network  —  The clever mobile payment system that Starbucks has been testing in a few stores in Seattle, New York and Silicon Valley is going national.  —  Starbucks is announcing that it has expanded the “pay by phone” program to 6,800 of its stores, plus more than 1,000 outlets inside Target stores.
Discussion: Bits, ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Jay Yarow / SAI: Silicon Alley Insider:
Is A Samsung Fight With Carriers Screwing Its Android Phone Owners?  —  Samsung phones stuck on Android 2.1 might stay that way for a while, according to a post on mobile site XDA Developers via Hacker News.  —  According to an anonymous writer, carriers would have to pay a fee to Samsung every …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
HubSpot Heating Up, Sequoia And Google Ventures Looking To Invest  —  Digital marketing startup HubSpot is close to closing a new round of financing, we've confirmed, that may put a valuation on the company in the $200 million range.  Google Ventures is likely to invest, we've heard from multiple sources.
Discussion: BostInnovation.com
Seth Freeman / New York Times:
Me and My Algorithm  —  ALGORITHMS, as you probably know, are the computer programs that infer from your profile (in the case of Facebook) and from the content of your e-mails (in the case of Gmail) your interests and preferences, enabling ads to be displayed to the customers most likely to be interested in specific products.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
White iPhone 4 Appears in Best Buy Inventory System With February 27th Launch Date  —  We've received information today from a source sharing the above screenshot claimed to be from a Best Buy inventory database showing both 16 GB and 32 GB white iPhone 4 models listed with expected in-stock dates of February 27th.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Recent Verizon phone buyers get $200 toward iPhone 4 upgrade  —  Not everyone follows tech news as closely as BGR readers, so it's quite possible that some poor souls purchased a cell phone from Verizon Wireless this past holiday season without realizing the iPhone 4 would be an option in early February.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Twitter Is Now Available In Korean, Its Seventh Language  —  As of today Twitter users in North and South Korea can view Twitter.com, the mobile site and the iPhone and Android apps in Korean characters.  Twitter has partnered with Korean web portal Daum to display Korean tweets on its homepage …
Katherine Rosman / Wall Street Journal:
How Adam Got @Adam and Became Cool Online  —  All Rob Goldman ever wanted was to be himself.  In the Silicon Valley start-up obsessed world he inhabits, that means being facebook.com/rob or @Rob on Twitter.  —  But Mr. Goldman can't get what he wants, even at a website he founded.
 
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