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Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google Earnings Disappoint; Shares Plunge  —  Google Fourth-Quarter Profit Fails to Meet Analysts' Expectations; Shares Plummet 15.5 Percent  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google Inc.'s rapid financial growth decelerated in the fourth quarter as the online search leader's profit fell below analyst expectation …
Ben King / The Register:
Google at work on desktop Linux  —  Search engine giant preps own version of Ubuntu  —  Google is preparing its own distribution of Linux for the desktop, in a possible bid to take on Microsoft in its core business - desktop software.  —  A version of the increasingly popular Ubuntu desktop …
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
Google: Party over  —  Search engine leader's sales meet expectations but earnings miss targets; stock clobbered.  —  NEW YORK ( - It had to end some time.  —  Before Google, the iconic search engine, reported its fourth quarter results Tuesday, the company had crushed Wall Street's sales …
Eric Auchard /
Google profit misses Street target, shares tumble  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Google Inc. (NasdaqNM:GOOG - News) fell as much as 19 percent on Tuesday after the Web search company widely missed Wall Street earnings targets due to relatively weak British results which led to a high tax rate.
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
Google denies plans to distribute OS based on Ubuntu  —  A post on the Register, claiming that Google might be close to rolling out a "Goobuntu" Linux desktop distro, has been making the usual rounds in the tech news circuit today.  Despite today being earnings release day …
Discussion: Engadget and eHomeUpgrade
Associated Press:
Google earnings jump but miss lofty expectations  —  SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's (GOOG) fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled, but fell well below the high expectations for the online search engine leader.  —  The Mountain View, Calif-based company said Tuesday that it earned $372.2 million …
Discussion: Fast Company Now
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
Discussion: Keith Teare's Weblog
Yuki Noguchi / Washington Post:
Wall Street Unimpressed by Google Earnings
Elinor Mills / CNET   Google stumbles with first earnings miss
Adam Pasick / Reuters:
Newspapers take aim at Google in copyright dispute  —  DUBLIN (Reuters) - A group representing global newspaper publishers has launched a lobbying campaign to challenge search engines like Google that aggregate news content.  —  The move comes as the newspaper industry's traditional business model …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Online Storage Gang  —  The online storage market is evolving fast.  In the past, users could expect no more than a simple service where files could be slowly uploaded and downloaded from a mapped virtual drive or a simple web based interface.  Little competition (and the bursting of the bubble) …
Discussion: Nik Cubrilovic
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google calls upon VoIP  —  Google confirmed on Tuesday that it has contracted with a Florida-based company to provide Internet telephony services for its free click-to-call service, which lets people speak with advertisers on its search results without having to pick up the phone and dial.
Dave Winer / Dave's Wordpress Blog:
Microsoft ships RSS platform  —  This morning Microsoft has released a public beta of version 7 of their Internet Explorer web browser, aimed at developers, although I'm sure a lot of tech-savvy and adventurous users will download and install it as well.  —  This release is significant …
Carrie Kirby / San Francisco Chronicle:
Inside look at a billionaire's budget  —  Larry Ellison's spending worries his accountant  —  Even billionaires need to budget.  —  That's the message delivered to Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, one of the world's richest men, by his personal financial adviser in a series of e-mails obtained by The Chronicle.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Search engines challenged on 'theft'  —  A group of newspaper, magazine and book publishers is accusing Google and other aggregators of online news stories of unfairly exploiting their content.  They are demanding compensation from search engines.  —  Gavin O'Reilly, the president …
Google 4th-Qtr Profit Rises 82%; Results Initially Disappoint  —  Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc., owner of the most-used Internet search engine, said fourth-quarter profit rose 82 percent as the company sold more advertising over the holidays and took market share from Yahoo! Inc.
Bad reception awaits in-flight phones  —  (CNN) — From crying babies to low-quality catering, flying is full of irritations, but these may all soon be eclipsed by the introduction of in-flight cell phones.  —  A new survey has found that the majority of business travelers are opposed …
Discussion: Gizmodo and OpsanBlog
Jim Rapoza /
IE 7 Beta 2 Shows Progress  —  Microsoft's slow march to regain momentum in the Web browser market continues with the Jan. 31 preview release of Beta 2 of Internet Explorer 7.  The beta shows a lot of good progress, but, as we've said with almost every new IE release we've reviewed, it's still playing catch-up.
Matt Jacobs / Capn Design:
The Cost of A La Carte Telvevision  —  Update (1/31/06): I've updated some of the numbers based on comments and a glaring omission on my part (The Daily Show).  The difference is MUCH more prominent now.  —  When iTunes announced they would be selling TV shows online, I explained that I wasn't terribly excited.

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