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April 19, 2012, 7:35 PM

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Microsoft Investor Relations:
Microsoft Reports Record Third-Quarter Revenue  —  Strong business demand drives double-digit operating income growth.  REDMOND, Wash. — Apr. 19, 2012 — Microsoft Corp. today announced quarterly revenue of $17.41 billion for the quarter ended Mar. 31, 2012, a 6% increase from the prior year period.
Zach Epstein / BGR:
Microsoft posts Q3 beat: Operating income grows to $6.37 billion on $17.41 billion in sales  —  Following the huge loss reported by major mobile partner Nokia, Microsoft posted its fiscal third-quarter results on Thursday following the close of the market.  Wall Street was expecting …
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Enterprise carries Microsoft until Windows 8 launch; Q3 strong  —  Summary: SQL Server and enterprise products more than hold Microsoft over ahead of the Windows 8 launch as company delivers strong third quarter.  —  Microsoft delivered a strong fiscal third quarter as the software company's enterprise line …
More: BGR, CNET, Bloomberg and Neowin
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Cisco memo: We can't build anything  —  Earlier this morning, The New York Times wrote about an internal memo in which Cisco Systems outlined its plans for software defined networking.  More importantly, it also shared the news that it has invested $100 million in Insieme …
Quentin Hardy / Bits:
Cisco Announces Its $850 Million Spin-In  —  Cisco has notified its employees that it has funded an advanced networking startup, called Insieme, with $100 million, with the right to eventually buy the company for as much as $750 million more.  —  As reported in Bits last month Insieme …
More: VentureBeat and GigaOM
Larry Dignan / ZDNet:
Nokia's Elop: Lumia ‘actual sales have been mixed’  —  Summary: Nokia runs into Lumia launch challenges in the U.K. and overall sales so far have been mixed.  —  Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said that the company's Lumia launched to “encouraging awards and popular acclaim,” but “actual sales results have been mixed.”
Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Apple, Google, Intel fail to dismiss staff-poaching lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc, Google Inc, Intel Corp and four other technology companies were ordered by a judge to face an antitrust lawsuit claiming they illegally agreed not to poach each other's employees.
Farhad Manjoo / Fast Company:
Google's Creative Destruction  —  Venture-capital firms have been the engine of the United States' innovation economy.  At Google Ventures, the search giant's investing arm, Google thinks it can build a better one.  —  Google Ventures managing partner Bill Maris in the future home of his Startup Lab …
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Laura Stampler / Business Insider:
Coming Soon: Buying Stock On Facebook In 3 Clicks  —  Facebook's impending initial public offering on NASDAQ isn't the only way that people will be able to trade in stock of the social networking site.  —  By June of this year, public companies will be able to sell their stock to customers directly …
More: AllFacebook and Gizmodo
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iPhone Again Represents Over Half of Verizon's Smartphone Sales in 1Q 2012  —  Marking the first significant piece of data to help build a picture of Apple's quarterly iPhone sales numbers ahead of next week's earnings release, Verizon today announced its own earnings results for the first quarter of 2012 …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
AMD beats expectations but accounting write-off leads to a huge $590M net loss  —  Chip maker Advanced Micro Devices reported today that its first quarter results beat expectations, but the company had a big loss of $590 million.  While AMD is very competitive with its product line-up …
Bloomberg:
Facebook Said to Have Bid for AOL Patents Before Microsoft's Win  —  Facebook Inc. (FB), the biggest social- networking service, made an offer for AOL Inc. (AOL)'s patent portfolio before losing out to Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)'s $1.06 billion bid, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Paul Joseph Watson / Infowars:
Mandatory ‘Big Brother’ Black Boxes In All New Cars From 2015  —  Provision is part of controversial MAP-21 bill expected to pass House  —  A bill already passed by the Senate and set to be rubber stamped by the House would make it mandatory for all new cars in the United States to be fitted …
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Inside the Super Secret Obvious Corporation HQ  —  Not much is known about the Obvious Corporation, the new-ish, incubator-ish company that's the brainchild of Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Biz Stone.  Their website is sparse and coy: the only companies that they are publicly known …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu Announces Four More Original Series, Bringing Total Lineup To Seven  —  Hulu has been having a busy week.  On Tuesday, the company announced a new deal for advertisers, which now charges them only for ad completions, and today at Hulu's upfronts, the company announced the arrival of even more original shows.
Drew Olanoff / The Next Web:
Unlock interesting data from your Gmail account with Gmail Meter  —  I've been using Gmail for as long as I can remember, and unfortunately I have more unread emails than I care to admit.  The service is my lifeblood, but one thing that's missing is the ability to gain insight into how active I am in sending and receiving email.
More: TPM IdeaLabThanks:@kaycey55
Kate Cox / Kotaku:
Gabe Newell Says Valve-Apple Meeting Didn't Happen  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook and Valve head Gabe Newell did not actually meet last week as rumored, according to a new podcast interview with Newell.  —  He squashed the week-old rumor in an interview with the fine folks at Seven Day Cooldown …
More: The Verge and MacRumors
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AT&T releasing Watson voice recognition APIs to developers in June  —  AT&T's research arm has spent over two decades developing its Watson speech and language engine, which translates spoken words into text.  Now, AT&T is planning to release a number of Watson APIs for developers in June …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RapidShare Publishes Anti-Piracy Manifesto for Cyberlockers  —  In the aftermath of the Megaupload shutdown, people have been keeping a close eye on other file-hosting services, RapidShare included.  —  As a company, RapidShare sees itself operating in the “cloud hosting” business …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Google shutting out rivals, claims Yandex  —  Yandex co-founder says US tech giant is ‘semi-open’, criticising its Android smartphone platform and Chrome web browser  —  The co-founder of Russia's leading search engine, Yandex, has accused Google of abusing its dominance to shut out competitors in cyberspace.
Harrison Weber / The Next Web:
Twitter announces it will sponsor the Apache Software Foundation to promote open source  —  Twitter loves open source.  In fact, its engineers are known to be heavy consumers and producers of open source technology, and the team has already managed to release a lot of its own work into the community …

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