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6:55 PM ET, July 21, 2011


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Microsoft Reports Record Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Jul. 21, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011, an 8% increase from the same period of the prior year.
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Microsoft smashes Q4 2011 earnings estimates thanks to Xbox … Microsoft announced on Thursday, a record fourth-quarter revenue of $17.37 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2011.  —  Analysts were expecting Microsoft to post earnings of 58 cents per share however the software giant shot past …
Discussion: Matt Richman
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Tried To Buy Color For $200 Million.  Color Said No.  —  If that headline looks familiar to you, you're probably remembering our story about Google offering to buy Path for $100+ million from earlier this year.  Path turned that deal down.  —  About the same time …
Alyson Shontell / The Business Insider:
Google+ Makes Its First Aquisition And Buys Social Group Startup Fridge  —  This past weekend we wrote that social group startup Fridge was shutting down the product.  We assumed that meant it was being acquired.  —  We assumed right.  Austin Chang, Fridge's founder …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Fridge Acquired by Google to Build Groups in Google+  —  Fridge, a group social networking site, was acquired by Google last night, co-founder Austin Chang tells AllThingsD.  —  It's an interesting move for Google+, whose signature feature is its Circles, which are managed by each user rather than as collaborative groups.
MacBook Air 13" Mid 2011 Teardown  —  July 21 brought us a bountiful harvest of Apple produce!  Today, Apple released updates to the 11" and 13" MacBook Airs, as well as an updated Mac mini.  Although today is an exciting day for consumers, it is a sad day for consumer repair.
AppleInsider:   Teardown of Apple's new MacBook Air finds SSDs are replaceable
Nick Marshall / Electricpig:
2011 MacBook Air benchmarks are amazing, outperforms all 2010 MacBook Pros
Discussion: MacRumors, 9to5Mac, Gadget Lab and
Lion Downloads Top One Million in First Day  —  CUPERTINO, California—July 21, 2011—Apple® today announced that in just one day, over one million users bought and downloaded Mac OS® X Lion, the eighth major release of the world's most advanced operating system.
Anonymous & Lulz Security Statement  —  Hello thar FBI and international law authorities, We recently stumbled across the following article with amazement and a certain amount of amusement: 138555799/fbi-arrests-alleged-anonymous - hackers The statements …
Zach Epstein / BGR:   ‘Anonymous’ hackers to FBI: There is nothing you can do to stop us
Chad Dickerson / The Etsy Blog:
Our Next Chapter at Etsy: A Letter to the Community  —  I never thought I would be writing this letter when I joined Etsy almost three years ago.  Then there were 60 people at the company — now we are 200.  I've been here for a long time and we've been through a lot.
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Etsy Moves CTO Dickerson to CEO, Replacing Founder Rob Kalin
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
iPad Trouncing Android in Enterprise  —  The tablet is not yet a standard-issue sidearm in enterprise, but it's well on its way to becoming one — particularly Apple's iPad.  —  According to Good Technology, which provides mobile device management services to 49 of the Fortune 100 and 182 …
Loretta Chao / China Real Time Report:
Fake Apple Store Clerk Speaks Out … More In Apple  — Asia Today: Lenovo's New Tablets; Apple, Intel  — The Ultimate Knock-Off: A Fake Apple Store  — Asia Today: Apple in China; Media Clampdown  — Internet Users Riled Up Over China Mobile iPhone 5 Rumor
Known Issues with Adobe products on Mac OS 10.7 Lion  —  All Products: Files stored in Library Java Runtime needs to be installed manually, otherwise applications may behave inconsistently Crash Reporter Scrolling behavior opposite of expected Rosetta support no longer included with Lion Mac OSX 10.7 …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:UK:
Read It And Weep: Nokia Reports Loss Of Nearly €500 Million, Huge Declines  —  Nokia's CEO Stephen Elop once said that his chief competitor is not Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), but if you compare today's quarterly figures from Nokia (NYSE: NOK) with those of the Cupertino mobile upstart, the contrast couldn't be greater.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Nokia: Q2 dreadful, but at least it's closer to Windows Phone 7
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Wolfram launches new document format, meet CDF  —  Wolfram on Thursday rolled out its Computable Document Format (CDF), which aims to turn documents into interactive applications.  —  The goal is to turn “lifeless documents” into ones that bring data to life, show the data behind assumptions and illustrate concepts.
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
More Than Two-Thirds of Google+ Activity Is Private  —  While following the activity of tech industry folks and celebrities on Google+ might lead you to believe that Google's new social network is a sort of long-form Twitter, where users pontificate for a public audience, Google says that's not the case.
Tim Bradshaw / Financial Times:
Facebook users in iPhone app revolt  —  Facebook was set to release an update to its iPhone app on Thursday in response to a deluge of complaints by users who have suffered crashes, failed delivery of messages and other faults.  —  Tens of thousands of iPhone owners around the world have posted …
Discussion: The Next Web, Thanks:tim
BMI Sets Licensing Agreement with  —  BMI has entered into a licensing agreement with social music site, covering the use of BMI's repertoire of more than 6.5 million works in the U.S., according to an announcement by Richard Conlon, BMI Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media.
Ben Popper / Betabeat:
Anger Mounts As Google+ Plays Favorites With Brands  —  Unless you count the bacteria parties during the Cambrian Explosion, Google+ is the fastest growing social network in history, hitting 18 million users in just its first two weeks.  Not surprisingly many companies want to get in on the gold rush …
Tom Warren / WinRumors:
Bing gets Metro treatment, includes HTML5 live tiles  —  Microsoft is testing live tiles across its Bing search engine homepage.  —  The software giant first announced its HTML5 version of Bing at the original beta launch of Internet Explorer 9 in September.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
New York Times Ad Dollars Still Shrinking, but Digital Subscriptions Might Be Working  —  The New York Times says print advertising is dropping while digital ads are increasing.  Nothing new there.  What is news: The paper says its Web pay wall strategy appears to be working …
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