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2:25 PM ET, January 25, 2012

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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.
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Bloomberg:
Apple 'Didn't Bet High Enough' on China IPhone Demand, Cook Says  —  Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. 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,” …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Discussion: parislemon, TUAW and Mashable!, Thanks:@philiped
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
More on Apple's Anobit acquisition: Team remains in Israel (for now), headed by notable chip VP
Discussion: MacRumors and The Next Web
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating
Discussion: Shiny Objects and SplatF
Jonathan S. Geller / BGR:
AT&T's Q1 2012 roadmap: Nokia Lumia 900 to launch March 18th for $99.99  —  We just received a portion of AT&T's 2012 roadmap from a trusted source, and it looks like AT&T isn't playing around this year.  There are some heavy hitters lined up for the first quarter of 2012 …
Scott Lowe / IGN:
Xbox 720 Will Be Six Times as Powerful as Current Gen  —  Sources confirm fall 2013 release, detail graphics processing power.  —  The next Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of next year with six times the processing power of the Xbox 360, sources close to the project have told IGN.
O2 Blog:
O2 mobile numbers and web browsing  —  Security is of the utmost importance to us and we take the protection of our customers' data extremely seriously.  —  We have seen the report published this morning suggesting the potential for disclosure of customers' mobile phone numbers to website owners.
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Mac:
Foxconn employee tells us that the next iPhone is ready for production, indicates likely summer launch  —  We've gotten word from a reliable source at Foxconn in China that the iPhone 5, as it is currently being called, is currently being geared for production.
Steve Hakusa / Official google.org Blog:
Public Alerts now on Google Maps  —  Today marks the launch of a new Google Crisis Response project: Google Public Alerts, a platform designed to bring you relevant emergency alerts when and where you're searching for them.  —  If a major weather event is headed for your area …
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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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 …
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Amazon looking into taking on Netflix  —  Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon are weighing a move to beef up the Web retailer's video-streaming service — possibly carving it out as a standalone, subscription-based operation, industry sources told The Post.  —  Such a move, if undertaken …
Matt Mullenweg:
On the Evolution of Investing  —  Today Y Combinator announced they are adding two new partners, Garry Tan and Aaron Iba.  This announcement is unique because it does not list their academic credentials, their previous investments, the boards of companies or non-profits they have sat on …
Nicole Leverich / Google Mobile Ads Blog:
New research: Global surge in smartphone usage, UK sees biggest jump with 15% increase  —  Mobile devices are mainstream.  In fact, according to our newest research more consumers in the US, UK, Germany, France and Japan use a mobile phone (feature phone or smartphone) than a computer (desktop or laptop).
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Chris Ziegler / The Verge:   Google: smartphone and tablet use growing, but not at the expense of PCs
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Magazine:
Samsung: We'll Douse Kindle Fire With More Features, Pen, TV Integration  —  When it comes to Android tablets, Samsung is the anti-Amazon.  While the Kindle Fire comes in just one size, Samsung has released everything from the superthin Galaxy Tab 10.1 to the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with a built-in remote control.
Florian Mueller / FOSS Patents:
Google authorized Motorola to seek an injunction against the iPhone 4S and iCloud  —  These days, you can probably hear a pin drop if Apple and Google are in the same room.  Tensions are rising high as a direct legal clash increasingly appears to be inevitable.
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.
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Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Social Ad Guys 33Across Buy Copy/Paste Guys Tynt  —  33Across, an ad tech start-up that specializes in social data, has picked up Tynt, the start-up that publishers use to track their content when readers copy and paste their stuff.  —  It's an all-stock transaction, and the companies won't disclose how they are valuing the deal.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon Web Services Debuts Storage Gateway To Securely Upload Enterprise Data To The Cloud  —  After launching distributed database DynamoDB last week, Amazon Web Services is debuting another product—AWS Storage Gateway, which is a service that provides enterprises with a new option …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
27,000 Google Chromebooks headed to U.S. schools  —  Diane Gilbert, a South Carolina teacher, shows off a Chromebook and said students like to customize them with skins.  She spoke at a conference where Google announced 27,000 of the browser-based laptops will go to three U.S. school districts.
Discussion: SiliconFilter and TechCrunch
Devindra Hardawar / VentureBeat:
Watch out Craigslist: ShopSavvy launches Savvylistings, a dead simple mobile marketplace  —  Even with the advent of online marketplaces like eBay and Craigslist, it's far too easy to accumulate junk that you'd be better off selling.  Now there's an easier way to sell your aging and neglected collection of vintage records.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM, Thanks:@devindra
Joshua Kevin / Tech in Asia:
Angry Birds Coming to Facebook on Valentine's Day [EXCLUSIVE]  —  From left to right: Rovio's Henri, and Peter, with PO's Joshua, earlier today in Jakarta.  —  Speaking exclusively to Penn Olson today in Jakarta, Peter Vesterbacka, the ‘Mighty Eagle’ of Rovio, and Henri Holm, the SVP of Rovio Asia …
Evelyn Rusli / DealBook:
Andreessen Seeks $1.5 Billion in Funding  —  A name like Andreessen goes a long way in Silicon Valley.  —  Marc Andreessen, the venture capitalist who was a co-founder of Netscape, is in the process of raising $1.5 billion from investors for his namesake firm, with $900 million earmarked …
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 …
 
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Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Google works on Internet standards with TCP proposals, SPDY standardization
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Ryan Kim / GigaOM:
Verizon helps data optimizer Skyfire raise $8M round
Twitter Blog:
Twitter Translation Center adds Right-to-Left Languages
Rebecca J. Rosen / The Atlantic Online:
The SOPA/PIPA Protests: Who Cared Most?
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
New Petition Asks White House To Submit ACTA To The Senate For Ratification
John Cook / GeekWire:
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's-eye view of T-Mobile's new spectrum trove
Discussion: VentureBeat, The Verge and Engadget
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Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Obama: America Should Support The Next Steve Jobs
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David Law / The Windows Blog:
Hotmail, already powering over 15 million phones and growing, comes to Kindle Fire
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