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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  CUPERTINO, California—October 18, 2011—Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ended September 24, 2011.  The Company posted quarterly revenue of $28.27 billion and quarterly net profit of $6.62 billion, or $7.05 per diluted share.
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Mark Gongloff / MarketBeat:
Apple Misses on Earnings, Revenue, iPhone Sales, Stock Tanks … The mixed-bag earnings season continues.  —  Apple reported third-quarter earnings of $7.05 a share, on revenue of $28.3 billion.  —  Analysts, on average, expected Apple to earn $7.22 a share on revenue of $29.5 billion.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
After A Rare Miss, Apple Predicts Record iPhone, iPad Sales And Hints At A $40 Billion Quarter  —  Yes, Apple missed with their earnings today.  It's the first time in a long time that has happened.  Some are suggesting that hasn't happened since 2002.  That's big news.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple's CFO: iPhone rumors had a definite negative fiscal impact on Apple's business  —  Shortly after Apple's release of its Q4 financial results, it held an earnings call and took questions.  Among those asked where why Apple felt that it missed analyst markers for sales of the iPhone.
Discussion: The Next Web, Reuters and The Loop, Thanks:findingnewo
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
Apple Records Q4 2011 Earnings of $6.6B on $28.3B in Revenue, Tops $100 Billion in Sales for Fiscal 2011  —  Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2011 — plus the full fiscal year.  For the quarter, Apple posted revenue …
Dan Frommer / SplatF:
Apple's just-okay quarter in charts
Thanks:fromedome
Victoria Barret / Forbes:
Dropbox: The Inside Story Of Tech's Hottest Startup  —  Here's that rare Steve Jobs story, one that's never been told, about the company that got away.  Jobs had been tracking a young software developer named Drew Houston, who blasted his way onto Apple's radar screen when he reverse-engineered …
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David Coursey / Forbes:
How Dropbox Will Die  —  Dropbox, the online file system, may be “tech's hottest startup” but that does not mean the company will survive.  —  There is always a “ hottest startup” in tech and in most cases the level of heat is almost inversely proportional to likelihood of lasting success.
Discussion: Digits
Todd Haselton / BGR:
Verizon unveils DROID RAZR by Motorola, pre-orders begin October 27th for $299.99  —  Verizon Wireless announced the DROID RAZR by Motorola on Tuesday, a brand new Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) smartphone that will take advantage of the carrier's 4G LTE network.
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Chris Ziegler / This is my next:
Motorola Droid RAZR for Verizon announced, just 7.1mm thick  —  The phone known alternately as the Spyder, the Droid RAZR, and the Droid HD prior to its release is now official — and Motorola has decided to go with the Droid RAZR name.  As expected, it's got LTE for Verizon …
Brian Heater / Engadget:
Motorola Droid RAZR hands-on (video)
Discussion: Droid Life, SlashGear and Geek.com
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Michael Dell On His Infamous 'I'd Shut Down Apple' Quote: “My Answer Was Largely Misconstrued.”  —  During a Q&A today at Web 2. Summit, I asked Dell CEO Michael Dell if he regretted saying that Apple should shut down the company and its CEO sell the stock back to shareholders 14 years ago …
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Rachel King / Between the Lines Blog:
Michael Dell: HP's confusion presents opportunity for Dell
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Q3 Revenue Down 5 Percent To $1.07B; Net Income Down 26 Percent To $293M  —  Yahoo reported third quarter earnings today.  Revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs ("revenue ex-TAC") was $1.072 billion for the third quarter of 2011, a 5 percent decrease from the third quarter of 2010.
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Tim Stevens / Engadget:
Samsung Galaxy Nexus gets handled on video  —  We're still a few hours away from Samsung's big Ice Cream Sandwich event, but it looks like the company just can't keep the Galaxy Nexus under wraps.  First it showed up on the company's site, and now here it is getting man-handled by Mr. Blurrycam.
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Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Nexus Prime pic, specifications outed by NTT DoCoMo?
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Mary Meeker's 2011 Presentation On Internet Trends [Slides]  —  Kleiner Perkins partner and former Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker is about to take the stage here at Web 2.0 Summit to present on Internet trends, as she does every year.  —  I'll be writing this up live, so keep refreshing.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
RIM Co-CEO unveils next-gen BBX platform  —  Research in Motion Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis pulled back the curtain on a new name for its next-generation operating system, BBX.  BBX combines the best qualities of RIM's older BlackBerry operating system and its QNX platform, which powers the PlayBook tablet …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Exclusive: Groupon's IPO Road Show Set for Next Week  —  According to multiple sources close to the situation, Groupon plans to conduct its road show for investors next week, starting either on Monday or Tuesday.  —  While the decision to move forward could still change …
Discussion: CNET News, Reuters and Business Insider
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
Mysterious Site Creates a Horror Movie, Starring You  —  1:08 p.m. |  Updated Adding some details on the origin of the site.  —  There's a hot new Web site making the rounds that mines your Facebook account and inserts your photo and other information into a creepy video …
The Official Google Blog:
Designing an infinite digital bookcase  —  (Cross-posted on the Google Code blog)  —  As digital designers, we often think about how to translate traditional media into a virtual space.  Recently, we thought about the bookcase.  What would it look like if it was designed to hold digital books?
Chris Velazco / TechCrunch:
PlayStation Vita Will Debut In US And Europe On February 22  —  Sony's Playstation Vita has long been slated for a December release in Japan, but Sony has just announced at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco that their new portable will be hitting shelves stateside and in Europe on February 22.
Ian Sherr / Digits:
Apple to Close Some Retail Stores Wednesday During Jobs Memorial  —  Apple plans to close some of its retail stores for at least an hour Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the matter, a gesture that coincides with the company's planned celebration of co-founder Steve Jobs's life at its headquarters.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins a Key Patent for a Multi-Touch In-Plane Switching Display  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 20 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In our second report of the day we focus in on a key Apple Multi-Touch patent relating to an In-Plane Switching Display.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and iDownloadBlog.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google To Begin Encrypting Searches & Outbound Clicks By Default With SSL Search  —  Google will now begin encrypting searches that people do by default, if they are logged into Google.com already through a secure connection.  The change to SSL search also means that sites people visit …
Robert Hof / The New Persuaders:
Foursquare's Dennis Crowley: It's Still About Growth, Not Ad Money (Yet)  —  Unlike some Web-based phenoms, the location check-in service Foursquare has an obvious potential business model: local ads based on your geographic location, perhaps coupled with inferred interests from your previous check-ins.
Timelines.com:
Why we are suing Facebook and a request for help  —  Much has been written and said about our suit against Facebook for infringing upon our registered trademark “Timelines”, and we've heard from people who are understandably confused by the whole issue.  We'd like to let you know our reasons for doing this and ask for your help.
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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