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7:35 AM ET, January 25, 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 just received word that Apple CEO Tim Cook sent a short email to Apple employees congratulating them both on a record setting holiday quarter …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple's Massive Numbers And Some Context  —  Simply looking over the numbers, it might be hard to wrap your head around what Apple just announced for their Q1 2012 results.  A company this big is not supposed to be able to nearly double revenue year-to-year.  Nor are they supposed to more than double profit.
Bloomberg:
Apple 'Didn't Bet High Enough' on Chinese Demand for IPhone 4S, Cook Says  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) underestimated the “staggering” demand for the iPhone 4S when it started sales in China this month, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook said.  —  “We thought we were betting bold,” …
Discussion: Electronista and MacNN
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
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: 9to5Mac, TUAW and The Next Web
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating
Discussion: SplatF
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Thanks:@philiped
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
More on Apple's Anobit acquisition: Team remains in Israel (for now), headed by notable chip VP
Discussion: Electronista
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple's Q1 2012: $46.3B In Revenue, 37M iPhones And 15.4M iPads Sold
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
UK mobile operator O2 sends your phone number to every website you visit  —  Update: O2 may also be unwittingly assisting spammers, allowing them to match email addresses with phone numbers.  —  If you reside in the UK and you are one of the millions of subscribers to mobile operator O2 …
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law  —  Companies face fines as high as 2 percent of yearly global sales for losing personal data under an overhaul of European Union privacy rules.  —  Data protection agencies in the EU's 27 countries would gain the power …
Discussion: BBC, Agence France Presse and Reuters
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Somini Sengupta / Bits:
Facebook's Sandberg Gently Warns Europe About Privacy Rules
Discussion: FM Blog and eWeek
Reuters:
Megaupload founder faces lengthy extradition battle  —  (Reuters) - Efforts by the United States to extradite the mastermind of an alleged Internet piracy scheme from New Zealand to face copyright infringement and money laundering charges are likely to be long and complex.
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“We're just like YouTube,” Megaupload lawyer tells Ars
Discussion: The Verge and Fast Company
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 …
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The State of the Union Gets Live-Tweeted
Thomas Catan / Wall Street Journal:
Con Artist Starred in Sting That Cost Google Millions  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I.—Wearing leg irons and guarded by federal agents, David Whitaker posed as an agent for online drug dealers in dozens of recorded phone calls and email exchanges with Google sales executives, spending $200,000 …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
An interview with William Gibson  —  William Gibson famously coined the term “cyberspace,” and gave us a singular vision of the future in early cyberpunk novels Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive.  In the three decades since, his fiction has crept closer to a recognizably contemporary setting …
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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