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5:00 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, TUAW and The Next Web
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 …
Discussion: SplatF
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it  —  Humiliated by a bunch of bloggers, amateur analysts and assorted day traders  —  Click to enlarge.  —  With revenues that grew 73% and earnings that more than doubled, Apple (AAPL) proved Tuesday that the fourth quarter results …
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David Goldman / CNNMoney.com:
Apple's $46 billion sales set new tech record
Discussion: The Next Web, The Loop, GeekWire and Forbes
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
More on Apple's Anobit acquisition: team remains in Israel (for now), headed by notable chip VP
Discussion: Electronista
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Why Apple TV is finally starting to matter
Discussion: CNET, AllThingsD and TechCrunch
Greg Kumparak / TechCrunch:
Apple's Q1 2012: $46.3B In Revenue, 37M iPhones And 15.4M iPads Sold
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store
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
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The State of the Union Gets Live-Tweeted  —  Live-tweeting news events isn't just for journalists and sports fans anymore.  On Tuesday night every memorable and controversial bit of U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was immediately posted and dissected online.
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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
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 …
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 …
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: FM Blog and eWeek
 
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