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7:00 PM ET, January 24, 2012

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Highest Quarterly Revenue and Earnings Ever All-Time Record iPhone, iPad and Mac Sales  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter which spanned 14 weeks and ended December 31, 2011.
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Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple's Q1 2012: $46.3B In Revenue, 37M iPhones And 15.4M iPads Sold  —  We're still a few minutes out from Apple's Q1 2012 earnings call — but as is par for the course, the raw numbers have made their way out a bit early.  And they.. are... insane.  —  Note: For those wondering …
Jim Dalrymple / The Loop:
Apple reports record $13.06 billion profit  —  Apple on Tuesday reported a record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion.  —  According to its earnings report, Apple sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.
Josh Lowensohn / CNET:
iPhone 4S propels Apple to massive earnings  —  Any doubts that Apple's iPhone 4S was a lame duck were erased with Apple's quarterly earnings.  —  Apple reported revenue of $46.33 billion and profits of $13.06 billion, or $13.87 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011.
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results
Discussion: mocoNews
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Apple's $46 billion sales set new tech record
Discussion: GeekWire
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:   Apple: 315 million cumulative iOS device sales; more than 85 million iCloud users as of today
Danny Sullivan / Marketing Land:
Google's New Terms Of Service & Privacy Policy: Anything You Do May Be Used To Target You?  —  It sounds like the Miranda warning so familiar to those who watch US cop shows.  “Anything you can and do will be held against you in a court of law.”  Next month, Google has a privacy policy and terms of service that goes into effect.
Discussion: The Verge, ZDNet, 9to5Google and Google
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Alma Whitten / The Official Google Blog:
Updating our privacy policies and terms of service  —  In just over a month we will make some changes to our privacy policies and Google Terms of Service.  This stuff matters, so we wanted to explain what's changing, why and what these changes mean for users.  —  First, our privacy policies.
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Google announces privacy changes across products; users can't opt out  —  Google said Tuesday it will follow the activities of users across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services, a shift in strategy that is expected to invite greater scrutiny of its privacy and competitive practices.
Discussion: Geekosystem and The Next Web
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google to Update Privacy Policy to Cover Wider Data Use
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
Jennifer Van Grove / VentureBeat:
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales: MPAA chairman Christopher Dodd should be fired  —  Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales had fighting words for Motion Picture Association of America chairman Christopher Dodd, calling the former Senator and current lobbyist out on his recent threats and pronouncing that the MPAA should fire its chief.
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Mike Thompson / The Escapist:   Petition Demands White House Investigate SOPA Supporter
Yahoo! Inc.:
Yahoo! Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results  —  Fourth Quarter Operating Income Increases 10% Year over Year  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)— Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ: YHOO) today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.
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Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Q4 Limps In Close To Wall Street's Expectations
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook Timeline Now Pushed To Everyone, Users Get A Week To Clean Up Profiles  —  You can run, but you can't hide.  Facebook's biggest user interface overhaul since the Wall, the Facebook Timeline, is now becoming mandatory for all users.  According to the company, over the next few weeks, everyone will get the new Timeline.
Gartner:
Gartner Says Apple Became the Top Semiconductor Customer in 2011  —  Top 10 Original Equipment Manufacturers Represented $105.6 Billion of Semiconductor Demand, Accounting for 35 Percent of Total Semiconductor Chip Revenue in 2011  —  Leading electronic equipment manufacturers remained …
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM's roadmap for 2012/Q1 2013: Two BlackBerry 10 phones, two Curves, HSPA+ PlayBook  —  We've been gathering info on what exactly Research In Motion is planning to release over the next year and even into early 2013, and we now have a solid picture to share with you.
Boonsri Dickinson / Business Insider:
Famous iPhone Hacker George Hotz Has Left Facebook  —  After hacking into Sony's Playstation 3, George Hotz was hired by Facebook last June.  —  That gig didn't last long.  He no longer works there.  —  So what is he doing in his free time?  —  Hacking.
Steven Sinofsky / MSDN Blogs:
Supporting sensors in Windows 8 … The first thing we explored about sensors was how Windows 8 should use them at the system level, to adapt the PC to the environment while preserving battery life.  —  Adaptive brightness  —  The first system feature was automatic display brightness control, or what we call “adaptive brightness.”
Frederic Lardinois / SiliconFilter:
Ubuntu Wants to Replace Menus with a HUD  —  Ubuntu, the popular Linux distribution, has been experimenting with a number of interface designs lately.  Today, the project's founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that the next major version of Ubuntu, 12.04 LTS, will feature a replacement for the menu bar.
Sarah Lacy / PandoDaily:
Larry Page to Googlers: If You Don't Get SPYW, Work Somewhere Else  —  Yesterday, I wrote that Google needs to come clean with its users: Either the company is meddling with search results (as all evidence suggests) or it is still committed to all the ideals it espoused when the company was going public.
Jason Fried / Inc.com:
When It's Time to Start Over  —  Sometimes, the best way to improve something is to begin again from scratch.  Even if it's your top-selling product.  —  In 2004, 37signals, the software company I co-founded, released a Web-based project-management and collaboration tool called Basecamp.
Ray Walters / ExtremeTech:
The Pirate Bay declares 3D printed “physibles” as the next frontier of piracy  —  While the subject of online piracy is certainly nothing new, the recent protests against SOPA and the federal raid on Megaupload have thrust the issue into mainstream media.  More than ever, people are discussing …
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Dutch appeals court says Galaxy Tab 10.1 doesn't infringe Apple's design right  —  Apple's enforcement of design-related rights against Samsung's Galaxy Tab range of tablet computers has suffered yet another setback, with the Gerechthof 's-Gravenhage (an appeals court in The Hague, Netherlands) …
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
With powerful new apps, Producteev is the task management service of your dreams  —  If you're like me, you've tried and abandoned countless task management services.  It's easy to make a half-hearted promise with yourself to organize your tasks, it's tougher to find a service that's flexible …
Fortune:
The real way to build a social network  —  If there is a guru of networking, it is Reid Hoffman.  Here he explains how to do it right — and wrong — in an excerpt from his new book with Ben Casnocha, The Start-Up of You.  —  Reid Hoffman travels with several devices so that he can constantly stay in touch.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 to launch on March 7  —  Summary: Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 database will launch on March 7.  —  The launch date for SQL Server 2012 is out of the bag: It's March 7.  —  On the SQL Server 2012 Launch site, Microsoft is featuring the agenda of the Webcast timed to coincide with launch.
Discussion: PC World
 
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John Cook / GeekWire:
Facebook, Washington AG to combat social networking scheme
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and SlashGear
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
AMD's Q4 sales, outlook misses targets
Sebastian Anthony / ExtremeTech:
Mozilla releases Rust 0.1, the language that will eventually usurp Firefox's C++
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Mike Orcutt / Technology Review:
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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
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