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11:27 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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Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
Tim Cook sends congratulatory email, plans to ‘discuss some exciting new things going on at Apple’ at Town Hall tomorrow  —  Following today's blowout numbers, we've just received word that Apple CEO Tim Cook has sent a short email to Apple employees congratulating them both on a record setting holiday quarter …
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results  —  Asked about his first four months as Apple chief executive, Tim Cook stressed that what he feels most is lucky to be surrounded by his talented colleagues.  —  When pressed for an assessment, Cook pointed to the company's just-reported monster earnings.
Discussion: mocoNews, TUAW and Macworld
David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Apple's $46 billion sales set new tech record  —  NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Ask Siri how Apple recorded the best quarter in history for a tech company, and her answer should be: “Me.”  —  Apple sold a stunning 37 million iPhones last quarter, twice what it sold in the same period a year ago.
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 …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Why Apple TV is finally starting to matter  —  Hidden somewhere in Apple's earnings call is this little snippet: According to CEO Tim Cook, the company sold 1.4 million Apple TVs during the holiday quarter.  That's notable because it's about half of the devices that Apple had sold in the entire year prior …
Discussion: CNET and AllThingsD
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:   Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating
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.
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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.
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.
Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
Google to Update Privacy Policy to Cover Wider Data Use
Discussion: L.A. Times Tech Blog
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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Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:   Yahoo In Context: It's Declining While The Online Ad Market Keeps Growing
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Yahoo's Q4 Limps In Close To Wall Street's Expectations
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: America Should Support The Next Steve Jobs  —  In his compelling State of the Union address tonight, President Obama laid out a blueprint for economic recovery, with numerous references to the technology sector.  “An economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity …
Yoni Heisler / Network World:
Inside Apple's secret packaging room  —  It's no secret that Apple sweats every last detail when it comes to their products, an obsession which even includes a product's packaging  —  Adam Lashinsky's upcoming book, Inside Apple, provides an intriguing look into the inner workings at Apple …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Trades to Be Halted for Three Days  —  Shareholders of Facebook Inc., the Internet site preparing an initial public offering, are facing a three-day suspension of trading on secondary markets this week, people with knowledge of the matter said.  —  While buy and sell orders can be made …
Discussion: All Facebook and PandoDaily
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.
JR Raphael / Computerworld:
Ice Cream Sandwich on Android tablets: A visual tour  —  We've heard all about how Google's Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, is changing the face of the Android phone.  But what does the new software mean for the Android tablet?  —  Ice Cream Sandwich, after all, is the first Android release …
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.
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.”
Chris Ziegler / The Verge:
AT&T blasts Sprint for using roaming rules to support ‘massive disinvestment’ in its own network  —  AT&T is coming out swinging this afternoon over some material changes to Sprint's network in Oklahoma and Kansas that will see it shut down some of its own coverage in favor of roaming agreements with CDMA competitors.
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.
Olivia Solon / Wired.co.uk:
What is Acta and why should you be worried about it?  —  Sopa and Pipa might be on hold for the time-being, but there is a greater threat looming.  It's called the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and it's an international agreement that aims to establish multinational standards on intellectual property rights enforcement.
Discussion: Social Media
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.
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.
David Law / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail, already powering over 15 million phones and growing, comes to Kindle Fire  —  We think it's critical that our customers can use Hotmail from any device they choose.  So, in addition to making Hotmail work great on devices running Windows, we'll continue to invest in great experiences on other major device platforms.
Discussion: GeekWire, Neowin.net and The Next Web
 
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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Facebook, Washington AG to combat social networking scheme
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft's SQL Server 2012 to launch on March 7
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