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6:50 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 and MacStories
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.
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Richard Gaywood / TUAW:
iPads and Retina Displays: Doing the math  —  Over the weekend, we saw the swirling rumors around the specs for the (presumably inevitable) iPad 2 start to come together.  One of the most intriguing suggestions, which Engadget claim to have a reliable source for (and MacRumors …
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 …
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Electronista:
HP may ship first webOS tablets in March
Discussion: DigiTimes, Fudzilla, SlashGear and Engadget, Thanks:jonfingas
Seeking Alpha:
A Hint That Steve Jobs' Departure Date Has Been Planned for a While  —  Home » Hardware Stocks » Corporate Governance  —  Steve Jobs released a letter to the public that he would be taking a leave of absence from Apple (AAPL) for an undisclosed period of time.
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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Daring Fireball and Pulse2
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Loic Le Meur / Telegraph:
Start-Up 100: Why I ditched Europe for Silicon Valley  —  Guest columnist Loic Le Meur explains why he chose to build his company on the West Coast  —  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. … I left Europe because - to put it plainly - Silicon Valley kicks its butt.
Discussion: Loic Le Meur Blog, Thanks:loic
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.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Introduces ‘Elastic Beanstalk’ For Easier App Deployment  —  Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing business of Amazon.com, this morning announced a new offering dubbed AWS Elastic Beanstalk, aimed to simplify the deployment and management of AWS cloud applications developed by third parties.
Cliff Edwards / Bloomberg:
Sony Said to Plan Networked Portable Game Player, Smartphones  —  Sony Corp. plans to unveil an updated PlayStation Portable handheld game device on Jan. 27, followed by a game-playing smartphone in February, according to two people with knowledge of the plans.
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.
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: Pulse2
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 …
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 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD chases Intel into gadget market with embedded chips  —  Intel has focused its Atom microprocessor on new kinds of devices from netbooks to tablet computers.  Advanced Micro Devices is now launching a new version of its Fusion chips — which combine a processor and graphics in the same chip — to go after the same market.
Discussion: TechEye and BetaNews
Tarmo Virki / Reuters:
Firms to buy 10 million tablets in 2011: Deloitte  —  (Reuters) - Companies will buy more than 10 million tablet computers this year, consultancy Deloitte said on Tuesday supporting recent research from Gartner which sees the global market for Apple's iPad, rising to 55 million devices this year from 19.5 million in 2010.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
LG promises working 3D mobile screen device demo shortly  —  EXCLUSIVE: “You'll be very surprised shortly” we're told  —  LG has told Pocket-lint that it will be making an announcement very shortly about the future of its 3D mobile concept, which shown off at CES in Las Vegas at the beginning of January.
Paul Thurrott / Windows Phone Secrets:
Software updates: Windows Phone vs. iPhone  —  I've complained again and again about Microsoft's inability to ship software updates for Windows Phone, noting that the sheer number of missing features and bugs requires a steady stream of hot-fixes.  They're not listening …
Discussion: Guardian and WMPoweruser.com
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google makes downloads of Google Earth, Picasa and Chrome available in Iran  —  With restrictions lifted on exporting Internet services and software to Iran, Google will begin offering mapping program Google Earth, photo management service Picasa and Web browser Chrome for download there starting Wednesday.
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.
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.
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 …
 
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