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12:30 PM ET, April 27, 2007

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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 …
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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.
Matthew G. Nelson / ClickZ:
Microsoft Online Ad Revenue Up 23 Percent in Q1  —  While Microsoft announced strong revenues of $14.4 billion for the quarter ended March 31 amounting to a 32 percent increase over the same period last year, its Online Services unit experienced more modest growth.
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.
Discussion: Open Source, Hardware 2.0 and GigaOM
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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: Michael Gartenberg
Jim Finkle / Reuters:   U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project
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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Frank Gruber / Somewhat Frank:
AOL LAUNCHES INDIA, US & CANADA PORTALS  —  As hinted at last week, AOL has launched AOL India.  The portal, a localized version of the United States version, is housed at aol.in.  The portal looks very clean and light and could be considered an expression of AOL's now open and free business model.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: B.L. Ochman's weblog
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Anything But iPod:   Barbie Girl: 512MB MP3 Player for Tweens
Valleywag:
BLOGGING: Expanding no more  —  It's the web media equivalent of the central cosmological constant: does the universe of personal sites expand ad infinitum, or else collapse under its own weight?  And we may finally have an answer.  The number of active blogs tracked by Technorati has stalled at about 15 million.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
Office 2003 to get security upgrade  —  Microsoft plans to make some of the security improvements and features it built into Office 2007 available for Office 2003, a company representative said Thursday.  —  Service Pack 3 for Office 2003 will be focused on security, said Joshua Edwards …
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) …
Gord Hotchkiss / Search Engine Land:
Q&A With Google Personalization Gurus Sep Kamvar and Marissa Mayer  —  Last week I had the chance to talk to Marissa Mayer, Google VP, Search Products & User Experience, and Sep Kamvar, engineering lead for personalization at Google, about the inclusion of Web History into personalized search.
Discussion: WebProNews
Terence Poon / Wall Street Journal:
Google Aims to Make Gains in China By Giving Units Greater Autonomy  —  BEIJING — Google Inc., the second-largest Internet search engine in China, aims to become the market leader there, as it gives local management more authority, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said Friday.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Schools take wait-and-see approach after Ohio U bans P2P traffic  —  After being fingered as the top piracy school in the US by the RIAA, Ohio University has decided to enact a wholesale ban on file-sharing and other P2P applications on the campus network.  Effective at midnight tonight …
Discussion: Listening Post
 
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Carlo / Techdirt:
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Google Blogoscoped:
People Lose Personalized Homepage Settings
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Bill Ray / The Register:
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Discussion: Gadget Lab and Guardian
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista = Windows Me II?
Discussion: The Tech Report
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