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October 26, 2012, 12:15 AM

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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.
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.”
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.
Mg Siegler / TechCrunch:
Cars That Fly *And* Float: Explaining Apple's Q4 And Beyond  —  Apple's Q4 2012 results were mixed.  As usual, reading Twitter, you'd think this was the end of the world.  Nevermind that Amazon managed to post a loss on $13.8 billion in sales today — Apple only made $8.2 billion in profit.
More: Fortune
Microsoft:
Windows 8 Arrives  —  Easy-to-download upgrades and the best range of PCs ever welcome Windows 8 to worldwide availability.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the global availability of its popular Windows operating system, Windows 8.  Beginning Friday, Oct. 26, consumers and businesses worldwide …
AnandTech:
The Windows RT Review  —  Meet Windows RT  —  Microsoft's first serious foray into tablets came just after the turn of the new millenium, with Bill Gates demonstrating the first tablet PC prototype onstage at Comdex in the autumn of 2000.  From there, OEMs started releasing tablets based …
More: GigaOM
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.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
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.
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 …
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
Miyoung Kim / Reuters:
Samsung posts $7.4 billion profit as handsets mask weak chip sales  —  (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co, the world's top technology firm by revenue, reported record quarterly profit of $7.4 billion on Friday, with strong sales of its Galaxy range of phones masking sharply lower memory chip sales.
Curtis C. Chen / ProgrammableWeb:
W3C Proposes Push API Specification  —  The Internet runs on standards.  Without standards, we wouldn't have the Domain Name System (DNS) which resolves hostnames to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, or the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) which served up this very web page.

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