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5:00 PM ET, January 27, 2011

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record $0.77 Earnings Per Share in Second Quarter  —  Holiday sales and business demand drive record revenue.  — Redmond, Wash. - Jan. 27, 2011 - Microsoft Corp. today announced record second-quarter revenue of $19.95 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010.
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft Spikes: FYQ2 Beats, Rev $19.95B, $0.77 EPS  —  Looks like someone let Microsoft's (MSFT) earnings out the bag early: just crossing the wires, fiscal Q2 revenue came in at $19.95 billion, yielding EPS of 77 cents, beating the consensus $19.14 billion and 68 cents.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Still Strong: Microsoft Beats Estimates as Quarterly Sales Neared $20 Billion  —  Microsoft on Thursday reported earnings and revenue that topped expectations and rose significantly from a year ago amid strong sales from its Xbox unit.  —  For the three months ended Dec. 31 …
Discussion: CNET News, paidContent and The Next Web
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:   Why Microsoft Desperately Needs To Become More Acquisitive
Adam Lashinsky / Fortune:
Google's Schmidt wants to set the record straight  —  Eric Schmidt opens up about his company's executive shuffle, whether or not Facebook poses a threat, and where Google is competing with Apple.  —  Image via Wikipedia  —  The media speculation about why Eric Schmidt is ceding the Google …
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Brad Stone / Business Week:
Larry Page's Google 3.0  —  The company co-founder and his star deputies are trying to root out bureaucracy and rediscover the nimble moves of youth  —  Every Monday afternoon at the Googleplex in Mountain View, Calif., more than a dozen of Google's (GOOG) top executives gather in the company's boardroom.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Gizmodo
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:   The root of the spat between Google and Apple...
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple, News Corp to hold event to launch The Daily  —  Apple and News Corp sent out invitations on Thursday to press for the launch of the Daily, a newspaper designed specifically for iPads.  —  According to the invitation received by The Loop on Thursday, News Corp Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch …
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Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Fourth Quarter Sales up 36% to $12.95 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2010.  —  Operating cash flow increased 6% to $3.50 billion for the trailing twelve months …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: “We Had Our First $10 Billion Quarter”
Discussion: eMoney
Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Plots New Script  —  Just as the digital wave transforms the television industry, Hulu, a pioneer of Internet TV, is in internal discussions to dramatically transform itself.  —  The free online television service has become one of the most-watched online video properties in the U.S …
Peter Kafka / All Things Digital:
Netflix Grades Broadband Internet Providers  —  Here's the report card that Netflix promised to produce on broadband providers' performance yesterday.  Which is really a not-so subtle salvo in a war of words between the streaming movie service and the ISP industry.
Discussion: BetaNews and CNET News
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Arn / MacRumors:
Verizon iPhone Pre-Orders to Start at 3am ET on February 3rd, Offering AT&T iPhone Trade Ins  —  Verizon has begun sending out information to corporate customers with more details about their iPhone launch.  Verizon is offering existing customers a chance to buy the Verizon iPhone on February 3rd, a week before the general public.
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Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Verizon BlackBerry glitch casts doubt on iPhone launch
Discussion: Phones Review and Reuters
Krishna Panicker / The Big Blog:
Introducing the new version of Skype for Mac  —  We've just released a new version of Skype for Mac, removing the beta label and introducing group video calling as part of our Premium package, as well as a number of user interface and other improvements.  Download it now, or read on to find out more.
Ina Fried / Mobilized:
Nokia CEO Elop Lays Groundwork for New Strategy, Hints May Be Open to OS Switch  —  Although Stephen Elop is waiting until a Feb. 11 investor meeting to fully outline the company's new strategy, he offered a few tantalizing hints during Thursday's earnings conference call.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Nokia smartphone market share shrinks to 31 percent, operating …
Steve Sordello / The LinkedIn Blog:
LinkedIn files registration statement for Initial Public Offering  —  Ed. Note: We'd like to share with you the press announcement related to our filing registration statement for a proposed Initial Public Offering.  —  LinkedIn Corporation announced today that it has filed a registration statement …
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing Display Ads In Gmail  —  Google appears to be testing display ads in Gmail.  I have not spoken to anyone at the company but discovered the following image ad in my own Gmail account this morning:  —  Image ads have made their way into paid search on Google.com and various other properties on Google.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
The New York Times, Demand Media Edition  —  Demand Media — widely described as a “content farm” — went public yesterday and quickly racked up a valuation higher than the New York Times.  I figured the news might cause some at the New York Times to wonder if they needed to be more Demand Media-like.
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
HTC's newest Android flagship phone revealed  —  Why bother waiting for its official Mobile World Congress reveal in February when you can view the newest HTC flagship today?  The touchscreen slate prototype (notice the serial number stamped along the bottom of the handset's face) …
Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Sony's next PSP, codenamed NGP  —  Betcha didn't think this day would come, but it finally has.  Sony has just come clean with its next-generation PlayStation Portable.  It's actually codenamed NGP and will revolve around five key concepts: Revolutionary User Interface, Social Connectivity …
David / TmoNews:
(Updated: New Pic!)  Sidekick 4G In The Wild!  —  Update: A couple of things have been pointed out, one it absolutely looks like there is a front facing camera present.  Secondly, you can clearly see the Samsung etched logo on the back of the device.  Most important, it seemingly retains …
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled  —  This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication.  Not really, I confessed.  The Times doesn't have encrypted phone lines, or a Cone of Silence.
Discussion: Techdirt and techPresident
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twitter Hires Bing's Principal Scientist Away From Microsoft  —  Alek Kocz, Principal Scientist at Microsoft's search engine Bing, appears to have left the company and joined Twitter this week.  Kocz's Twitter messages are protected and he hasn't changed any of his profiles online …
Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Facebook denies to launch branded phones with HTC  —  (Reuters) - Facebook has no plans to launch Facebook-branded phones with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC, it said on Thursday, following reports that it planned to launch an official tie-up next month.  —  “This is really just another example …
Libby Copeland / Slate:
The Anti-Social Network … Like This Story … - Lithwick: Obama Shouldn't Cede the Constitution to the Tea Party- House Republicans Have Already Begun Harassing Obama's Regulators- Slate's Wine Critic Attends an Awkward Tasting- Is Federal Salmon Oversight as Complicated as President Obama Claims?
 
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