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October 25, 2012, 7:05 PM

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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  26.9 Million iPhones Sold; Record Fourth Quarter Revenue and Profit  —  Board Declares Quarterly Dividend of $2.65 per Common Share  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2012 fourth quarter ended September 29, 2012.
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Apple beats in Q4 2012 with $36B revenue, misses on $8.2B profit at $8.67 EPS, 26.9M iPhones, 14M iPads, 5.3M iPods sold  —  Apple today announced its earnings for its fourth fiscal quarter of 2012.  Apple's revenue amounted to $36B in Q4.  With earnings of $8.67 per share.  Apple posted $8.2B in profit.
Alex Heath / Cult of Mac:
Tim Cook: Microsoft Surface Is Confusing Like A “Car That Flies And Floats”  —  Apple CEO TIm Cook briefly touched on Microsoft's new Surface tablet during his company's earnings call today.  When asked about the Surface, Cook admitted that he hasn't played with it yet, but it looks like “a compromised, confusing product.”
BBC:
Apple profits miss expectations on slower iPad sales  —  Apple has missed Wall Street profit forecasts as iPad sales fell short of analysts' predictions.  —  Apple had profits of $8.2bn (£5bn) in the last three months, on revenues of $36bn, up 27% on a year ago.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Online Radio Service to Challenge Pandora in 2013  —  Apple Inc. (AAPL) and major music labels have intensified negotiations to start an advertising-supported Internet radio service by early next year, according to people with knowledge of the talks.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Amazon Reports $169 Million Loss on LivingSocial  —  Groupon's stock price isn't the only sign that the daily deals bubble has burst: In its third-quarter earnings report, Amazon took a writedown of $169 million, or $0.37 per share, for its stake in daily deals site LivingSocial.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable!:
Marissa Mayer Makes First Yahoo Acquisition: Stamped  —  Yahoo has acquired the company behind 1-year-old mobile recommendations app Stamped, its first since ex-Google exec Marissa Mayer became CEO of the company in July, Mashable has learned.  —  The acquisition was purely for talent …
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft offers $100 giveaway to line up for Surface  —  There's plenty of interest in Microsoft's new Surface tablets and Windows 8 so it's a little surprising that the company is making a lucrative offer to get people to line up at stores on their big launch day.
Dan Seifert / The Verge:
Apple iMessage down for both iOS and OS X (update)  —  It appears that Apple's iMessage service is down for users of the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  Users in North America and Europe are reporting that they are unable to send iMessages out from their devices.
More: PhoneArena
iFixit:
MacBook Pro 13" Retina Display Late 2012 Teardown  —  Apple just expanded their Retina family.  The newest bundle of joy: a 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display.  It's small, it's sleek, and all those pixels are pretty darn snazzy.  What goes best with a new gadget?  Yep, you guessed it: kittens.
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds Reject Legalizing DVD Cracking, Game Console Modding  —  Xbox modding.  Photo: videocrab  —  Copyright regulators rejected on Thursday proposals to make it lawful for people to copy DVDs for personal use or to jailbreak video game consoles to run custom software.
More: MediaPost
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
Languages: A blazingly fast and lovely offline translation dictionary app for iPhone  —  Winning an Apple Design Award doesn't happen to just any app.  Apple picks and chooses apps that it feels exemplify attention to detail in interface design and interaction and it does so for a few reasons.
More: The Verge and 9to5Mac
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Exclusive: Huawei partner offered U.S. tech to Iran  —  (Reuters) - An Iranian partner of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, a Chinese company that has denied breaking U.S. sanctions, last year tried to sell embargoed American antenna equipment to an Iranian firm, according to documents and interviews.

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