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April 19, 2012, 9:25 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 …
Steven D. Jones / Wall Street Journal:
All Eyes Turn to Windows 8  —  Investors Expected to Mine Microsoft Results for Insight Into Crucial New Product  —  When Microsoft Corp. reports its third-quarter earnings Thursday, investors will be watching closely for insights about a coming product vital to ensuring the software giant's relevance in computing.
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 …
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 …
More: Bits
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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:
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 …
More: TechCrunch
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.
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.
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 …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Mac OS X invulnerability to malware is a myth, says security firm  —  Mac users can expect more OS X botnets, drive-by downloads, and mass malware from here on out.  That's according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab, who said during a press conference on Thursday morning …
More: Betabeat, CNET, TUAW and 9to5Mac
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.
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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 …
John Fontana / ZDNet:
EPIC files FOIA request seeking full FCC report on Google  —  Summary: The Electronic Privacy Information Center wants to see the full, unedited report the Federal Communications Commission published on its investigation of Google and possible violations of wiretap laws.

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