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11:05 AM ET, January 25, 2012


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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.
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.
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 …
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,” …
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Why Apple TV is finally starting to matter
Discussion: AllThingsD and CNET
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results
Discussion: 9to5Mac and TUAW
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Fortune:
Apple's blow-out quarter: Once again, the Street blew it
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:@philiped
Mark Gurman / 9to5Mac:
More on Apple's Anobit acquisition: Team remains in Israel (for now), headed by notable chip VP
Discussion: The Next Web and Electronista
Dan Frommer / ReadWriteWeb:
Apple's Growth Rate Is Simply Incredible... And It's Accelerating
Discussion: SplatF
Kathleen De Vere / Inside Mobile Apps:
Apple has paid $4 billion to developers over lifetime of its app store
Discussion: Gotta Be Mobile and ReadWriteWeb
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.
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.
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
O2 fixes number sending issue, blames it on 'technical changes" during routine maintenance
Discussion: PC Magazine and MacRumors
Steve Hakusa / Official 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 …
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.
Aoife White / Bloomberg:
Companies Face Fines as Much as 2% of Sales Under EU Privacy Law
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: PC World and Search Engine Land
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.
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 …
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.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“We're just like YouTube,” Megaupload lawyer tells Ars
Discussion: Fast Company and The Verge
Paul Morris / Redmond Pie:
Jailbreaking May Soon Become Illegal Again, Act Now To Help Keep It Legal  —  It was in July 2010, the United States government ruled that the jailbreaking and unlocking of Apple iPhones, as well as the rooting of Android devices was to be deemed a legal act, as long as the process …
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 …
John Cook / GeekWire:
Mozy rolls out Stash, another place to access files on the go  —  There's no shortage of online storage and synchronization services on the market, from to Dropbox to Apple's iCloud to Seattle's very own TappIn (acquired last month by GlobalScape).  —  Now, here comes another player, and boy does it have deep pockets.
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 …
Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
The State of the Union Gets Live-Tweeted
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Nick / Rough Type:
Piracy and privacy  —  Internet activists flexed some impressive muscle …
Jesse Hicks / The Verge:
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Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
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Kevin Fitchard / GigaOM:
A bird's-eye view of T-Mobile's new spectrum trove
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and PhoneArena
 Earlier Items: 
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What is Acta and why should you be worried about it?
Discussion: Examiner and Social Media