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6:20 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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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 …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Why Microsoft Desperately Needs To Become More Acquisitive
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's Kinectified game business grows 55 percent …
Discussion: Engadget
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: Gizmodo and The Atlantic Online
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:   The root of the spat between Google and Apple...
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 …
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn Files For IPO; Revenue $161 Million For The First Nine Months Of 2010  —  Professional social network LinkedIn has just submitted its S-1 filing with the SEC, indicating that it will file for a public offering.  The maximum proposed total offering price is $175 million but this is just a placeholder amount.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos: “We Had Our First $10 Billion Quarter”  —  Amazon just released stronger than expected results for its for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2010.  The company's sales came in at $12.95 billion, which is up 36 percent from $9.52 billion in fourth quarter 2009.
Discussion: eMoney and SAI
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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 …
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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Ken Florance / The Netflix Tech Blog:
Netflix Performance on Top ISP Networks  —  Hi there.  This is Ken Florance, Director of Content Delivery here at Netflix.  —  As we continue to stream more and more great movies and TV shows, we find ourselves in the unique position of having insight into the performance of hundreds …
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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
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 …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Hulu may rebrand itself as cable-like TV bundle provider
Discussion: SAI and Post Tech
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.
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.
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 …
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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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 …
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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.
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 …
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) …
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
William Gibson / New York Times:
25 Years of Digital Vandalism  —  IN January 1986, Basit and Amjad Alvi, sibling programmers living near the main train station in Lahore, Pakistan, wrote a piece of code to safeguard the latest version of their heart-monitoring software from piracy.  They called it Brain, and it was basically a wheel-clamp for PCs.
 
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