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12:50 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'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: 9to5Mac, mocoNews, The Next Web and TUAW
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating  —  There are plenty of impressive stats in Apple's December quarter earnings report, such as 37 million iPhones shipped, $46 billion of overall sales, and $13 billion of profit.  —  But Apple's most impressive stat continues …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Next Web, The Loop and GeekWire
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
Discussion: CNET and AllThingsD
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Thanks:@philiped
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
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
Amir Nathoo / Cross Platform Dev Blog:
You've probably underestimated just how big this is  —  I met a team at a mobile dev shop a couple of weeks ago and in the discussion I casually mentioned that mobile app usage exceeds web usage.  Eyebrows were raised.  I couldn't remember where I'd heard it.  No big deal, everyone knows mobile is important, we moved on.
Discussion: Beyond Search
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.
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 …
Brian Clark Howard / Fast Company:
How Words With Friends Beat Scrabble At Its Own Game  —  The creators of the social Scrabble-like smartphone and tablet game offer insight into their reinvention of board game night.  —  In July, Megan Lawless married Jasper Jasperse, whom she met as a random opponent while playing the Scrabble …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Somini Sengupta / Bits:
Facebook's Sandberg Gently Warns Europe About Privacy Rules  —  Concerned about privacy?  Maybe you should be concernedabout the economy instead.  That was the subtext of a keynote speech by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, at a technology conference in the heart of Europe on Tuesday.
Discussion: eWeek and VatorNews
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.
 
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's-eye view of T-Mobile's new spectrum trove
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What is Acta and why should you be worried about it?
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Ben Popper / VentureBeat:
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David Law / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail, already powering over 15 million phones and growing, comes to Kindle Fire
Discussion: GeekWire, The Next Web and Neowin.net
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
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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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Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
RIM's roadmap for 2012/Q1 2013: Two BlackBerry 10 phones, two Curves, HSPA+ PlayBook
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