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3:45 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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Seeking Alpha:
Microsoft F3Q07 (Qtr End 3/31/07) Earnings Call Transcript  —  Executives  —  Analysts  —  Kirk Materne - Banc of America Securities  —  Presentation  —  Operator  —  Welcome to the Microsoft 2007 fiscal year third quarter earnings conference call.
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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Record Profits  —  Robust demand for Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Office system drives 72% growth in earnings per share  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $14.40 billion for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Strong Quarter at Microsoft, and an Upbeat '08 Outlook, Bring Wall St. a Sigh of Relief  —  Microsoft reported quarterly sales and profits that surpassed Wall Street's expectations yesterday, suggesting that early sales of its new Windows Vista operating system were off to a solid start.
Nick / Rough Type:
Microsoft is dead in theory
Discussion: Channel 9
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:   Microsoft Online Ad Revenue Up 23 Percent in Q1
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
'$100 laptop' to cost $175  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The founder of the ambitious "$100 laptop" project, which plans to give inexpensive computers to schoolchildren in developing countries, revealed Thursday that the machine for now costs $175, and it will be able to run Windows in addition to its homegrown, open-source interface.
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Negroponte suggests the OLPC can support Windows, may hit US schools  —  Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the OLPC, Negroponte, and the Sugar interface, in comes the man himself using the "W" word in an open-sourced conversation.
Discussion: Incremental Blogger
Michael Gartenberg:   OLPC - Overview  —  As mentioned, I was invited yesterday along …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:   U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project
Kotaku:
Blizzard Working on "Next-Gen MMO"  —  360 Launches in the Middle East  —  While we were busy yesterday following the Kutaragi news, over in the United Arab Emirates they were celebrating the launch of a brand new video game console for the region, the Microsoft Xbox 360.
Discussion: Crave and WOW Insider
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Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Blizz Confirms New Product Next Month  —  0 Views  —  It took a good day of calls and emails, but Blizzard just got back to us about the rumor floating around that Starcraft 2 will be announced next month during their World Wide Invitation in Seoul, South Korea.
Serdar Yegulalp / InformationWeek:
Ubuntu Linux Vs. Windows Vista: The Battle For Your Desktop  —  Is Linux finally ready to take on Windows as a desktop OS?  We tried out both Vista and Ubuntu on individual PCs to see which works better.  Here's who won.  —  The prevailing wisdom about Linux on the desktop runs something like this …
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista = Windows Me II?
Discussion: The Tech Report
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Sold on eBay, Shipped by Amazon.com  —  Your next eBay purchase could arrive at your door in a brown Amazon.com box.  —  Amazon.com, the online retailer, is expanding a program designed to allow independent sellers to use its network of distribution centers to store and ship their products …
Tom Spring / Today @ PC World:
Bill May Save Net Radio  —  On Thursday a bill that could save Internet radio was submitted to Congress.  The bill, Internet Radio Equality Act, would stop a new royalty scheme that Internet broadcasters say will shut them down because it will cost them too much money.
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
New Calacanis link-baiting rules  —  I've developed some deep relationships over the past couple of years blogging and I realize that those relationships manifest themselves in the links I find when I do my 28x a daily ego search over at Technorati.  The quickest way to develop a relationship …
Business Wire:
Barbie® Revolutionizes the Way Girls Play  —  Groundbreaking Barbie Girls™ Platform Provides Hybrid Play Experience With Fashion, Music and Online Virtual World  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Today, Mattel unveiled the next generation of fashion doll play with Barbie Girls&trade …
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Anything But iPod:   Barbie Girl: 512MB MP3 Player for Tweens
Dion Hinchcliffe / Enterprise Web 2.0:
A tale of two Web 2.0 conferences and mashups  —  I've just come off a whirlwind conference tour that started in San Francisco last week with Web 2.0 Expo and ended with the Web 2.0 Kongress yesterday in Frankfurt.  I was fortunate enough to be able to speak at both conferences and it was fascinating …
The Boy Genius Report:
Nokia N75 now available on AT&T  —  Well, would ya just look at that?  The long-awaited Nokia handset, the N75, is now up on AT&T's website.  They're charging $199.99 for a 2 year service agreement, and $399 for the retail price.  Not bad for North America's first 3G Nokia handset!
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Phone Scoop:   Cingular Launches Nokia N75 Today
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Six Basic Truths of Free APIs  —  Amazon and Google have recently shattered a common misconception: that free APIs are a commons of goodies to be built on top of for fun and profit, like open source software.  If you think that, then here are six things you need to know about free APIs:
Discussion: Vincent Maher
Lifehacker:
LIFEHACKER TOP 10: LH Top 10: USB thumb drive tricks  —  Is that a gigabyte in your pocket?  And are you putting it to good use?  The explosion of USB thumb drives gives anyone the ability take some serious file storage space along with their house keys.  —  Developers and road warriors …
Discussion: DailyTechRag and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Akamai Releases FoxTorrent 1.0 - Firefox BitTorrent Add-on  —  Red Swoosh (acquired by Akamai for $15 million earlier this month) released v1.0 of FoxTorrent today.  This is a fully functional BitTorrent client for Firefox that works cross platform (Windows, Mac, Linux) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL One Step Behind Again: New Home Page Identical To Yahoo  —  AOL has started beta testing a new home page (the main AOL.com portal).  AOL Senior Product Manager (and occasional TechCrunch contributor) Frank Gruber introduced it on his personal blog earlier today, although he is not the product manager for the product.
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Derek van Vliet / Neothoughts:
Firefox Extension: Smart Digg Button  —  The Smart Digg Button extension for Firefox places a button in your status bar.  It uses the newly released Digg API to determine if the web page you are currently viewing has been submitted to Digg.  —  If the page you are viewing has been submitted to Digg …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Barenaked Ladies: If I had a compulsory blanket music license  —  Plenty of ink has been spilled in arguments over the proper business model for music in the P2P age.  The publishers generally want to hold onto the current market-based system, but there are voices in the wilderness arguing …
Discussion: Copyfight
 
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
Acer to buy small PC vendor — but not Gateway, it says
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Sony snapper to see further with 6x optical zoom
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Schools take wait-and-see approach after Ohio U bans P2P traffic
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Terence Poon / Wall Street Journal:
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Q&A With Google Personalization Gurus Sep Kamvar and Marissa Mayer
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Office 2003 to get security upgrade
Wall Street Journal:
PlayStation Creator Resigns As Chief of Sony Unit
Mike / CrunchNotes:
My Policy on Embargoes and Exclusive Stories
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