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7:25 AM ET, January 18, 2007

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Apple:
Apple Reports First Quarter Results  —  Revenue Exceeds $7 Billion; Record Profit of $1 Billion  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2007 first quarter ended December 30, 2006.  The Company posted record revenue of $7.1 billion and record net quarterly profit of $1.0 billion, or $1.14 per diluted share.
Jenstar / JenSense:
Google AdSense updates their policies for January 2007  —  It's Google AdSense Policy Update Time!  —  We have had the same Google AdSense policies in place since March 2006, and with recent changes being made to things such as how publishers can use images with their ad units …
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Jenstar / JenSense:
AdSense Competitive Ads and Services Policy just got a lot tighter for publishers  —  Publishers have often complained about the rigidness of the AdSense policy that prevents publishers from running AdSense on the same page as another contextual ad program.  So running AdSense & Yahoo Publisher Network …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Tim Draper IMs Meebo  —  Meebo, a web based instant messaging service has raised $9 million in series B funding from Draper Fisher Jurvetson and existing investors Sequoia Capital.  The company had previously raised $3.5 million in Series A funding, mostly from Sequoia Capital.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
IM service Meebo growing quickly, raises more cash
Discussion: TechAddress
Reuters:
Web newspaper blog traffic triples in Dec: study  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - The number of people reading Internet blogs on the top 10 U.S. newspaper sites more than tripled in December from a year ago and accounted for a larger percentage of overall traffic to those sites, according to data released on Wednesday.
Scott Kirsner / New York Times:
Some Bling for Your Blog  —  PASTOR BOB HYATT acknowledges that his widget fixation may be getting a little out of control.  —  On his Web log, Pastor Hyatt, the leader of the Evergreen Community in Portland, Ore., has woven in widgets, or mini-applications, that show a selection of book covers …
Mike / Techdirt:
Sony Now Re-Writing History: Claims PS2 Drove Success Of The DVD Format  —  from the surfing-the-wave-doesn't-mean-you- created-it dept  —  Sony has been facing plenty of problems (er... challenges) lately, from exploding batteries to rootkits to PS3 launch troubles, and it's even resulted in them claiming awards they didn't win.
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Newsmaker: Sony's brave Sir Howard
Discussion: Brier Dudley's blog
Jeremy / Jeremy's Blog:
Flash 9 Final for Linux (and an odd EULA)  —  A quick follow up to this discussion, it looks like Flash 9 Final for Linux has been released.  Kudos to the Adobe team.  I know some don't like flash (which I think is more indicative of the abuses in implementation such as horrific seizure inducing ads …
Alex Iskold / Read/WriteWeb:
Trendwatching - Wired Or Tired In The Blogosphere  —  Last week Apple's iPhone made a stunning debut.  There are very few people who were not blown away by what Steve Jobs showed to the world, from the stage of MacWorld 2007.  The irony was that beforehand, we didn't know what exactly the iPhone would be …
BBC:
Open source gets European boost  —  The European Commission has added its voice to the debate about the use of open source software.  —  A report funded by the Commission concludes that the software could offer considerable savings to organisations with little effect on their business.
Discussion: Vector One
Dale Dougherty / O'Reilly Radar:
The Influence of TiVo … How influential is TiVo?  TiVo is at once a lesson in how slowly an industry responds to a new idea and also how a relatively small group of enthusiasts helped create a whole new category of device, which was tougher to commoditize than most people thought.
Larry Magid / CBS News:
Help For Parents From MySpace  —  (CBS) Later this year, MySpace will release a software program to enable parents to find out the user name, age and home town their kids are displaying on their MySpace profile.  —  The software, code-named Zephyr, will run on the family's home computer …
Discussion: The Register
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Read/WriteWeb:
e-learning 2.0 Infiltrates the Classroom  —  Disclosure: One of the products listed in this post, Digication, has been a recent R/WW sponsor.  —  One of the more active markets for web 2.0 is e-learning; for example we've written before about ChinesePod (learning Chinese) and Elgg (social network software for education).
Gizmodo:
iCache: All Your Credit Cards, One Device, Fingerprint Security  —  Finally, somebody takes a step toward untangling this credit card mess of pins, poor security and too-fat wallets.  It's iCache, letting you register all your credit card numbers online and then to hell with all that plastic …
Discussion: I4U News, Ubergizmo and CrunchGear
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Gabe Rivera, Creator Of Techmeme  —  Over the past decade, I've seen a lot of search tools that were supposed to transform my life.  Few of them have.  But Techmeme was one of those.  When it kicked off back in September 2005, I wrote a review, gave it a preliminary thumbs-up and soon found myself addicted.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Social network Piczo raises $11 million more, shows momentum  —  Piczo, the social networking company that tries to distinguish itself as the safer place for teens, has raised $11 million in a third round of funding, it tells VentureBeat.  —  Piczo is one of handful of sites gunning for …
Discussion: PaidContent
Sony:
SONY RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR WITH AN ARRAY OF DIGITAL CAMERAS  —  Sony is ringing in the New Year with four additions to its Cyber-shot® digital camera line: the DSC-W55, DSC-W35, DSC-S700 and DSC-S650 models.  —  The slim, compact DSC-W55 and DSC-W35 models will sport 7.2-megapixel imagers …
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and Engadget
Ryan Naraine / ClickZ:
Google Patent Filing Hints at Digital Billboard Ad Network  —  If patent filings are anything to go by, contextual advertising powered by Google will start appearing on digital billboards in a shopping mall near you.  —  The Mountain View, Calif. search marketing giant has filed …
Discussion: Lost Remote and Google Watch
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Interview with Bram Cohen, the inventor of BitTorrent  —  TorrentFreak: What is the best thing about your job at BitTorrent Inc?  —  Bram Cohen: I really enjoy making products which I personally want to use, and like to empower people to do things they couldn't do without BitTorrent's efficiency and reliability.
Jason McMaster / GigaGamez:
Can the PS3 Be Saved?  —  The PS3 hasn't performed as well as expected.  In fact, since E3 last year, not much has actually gone Sony's way.  There was the removal of features, loss of exclusives, extreme price and severe supply constraint... and that's just leading up to the launch.
Discussion: Joystiq and Venture Chronicles
 
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David F. Carr / baselinemag.com:
Inside MySpace.com  —  Booming traffic demands put a constant stress …
David Cohn / NewAssignment.Net blogs:
Pay-Per-View Journalism — A Distraction Waiting to Happen
Discussion: digg
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
MTV to buy RateMyProfessors.com
Discussion: TechEffect
John Walko / EE Times:
Skype founders dub Internet TV service Joost
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple's Steve Jobs Is Company's $20 Billion Asset (Update3)
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
ColorWare adds Thinkpad T60p to laptop rainbow
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Carlo / Techdirt:
We'll Trade You Hawaii And A Player To Be Named Later For Your …
Microsoft:
Windows Vista Expected to Generate $7 Billion in New Revenue …
 Earlier Items: 
Ludwig Kietzmann / Joystiq:
Ireland sees PS3 price increase [update 1]
Discussion: TechSpot and Kotaku
Crave:
LG's Super Multi Blue HD Player spotted in CompUSA
Discussion: Engadget HD and CrunchGear
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
State of the Computer Book Market, Q406, Part 2: Category Winners and Losers
ifpi.org:
IFPI publishes Digital Music Report 2007
Michael McWhertor / Kotaku:
Best Buy Holding Wiis For Sunday
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
Valleywag:
MARKETING: Vista flunks the marketing test
Om Malik / NewTeeVee:
Virgin Goes Viral Video to Make Its Case
Discussion: Engadget, Consumerist and digg
Paul Kapustka / GigaOM:
Will the Mug Outlive the Start-up?
Discussion: MediaVidea