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2:55 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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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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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  —  A few days ago, Paul Graham proclaimed, "Microsoft is dead."  He later explained that what he really meant was, "Microsoft doesn't matter."  —  But whether it's dead or just irrelevant, the company remains an extraordinarily healthy economic organism.
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
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's OLPC coup and unintended consequences  —  Microsoft's move to make Windows available for $3 to emerging markets is already having an impact on Linux.  —  According to an AP report, Nicholas Negroponte said the $100 laptop for kids in developing countries actually runs about $175.
Michael Gartenberg:
OLPC - Overview  —  As mentioned, I was invited yesterday along with a group of reporters and a few other analysts to meet with the OLPC team in their offices in Cambridge.  The meeting lasted about three hours and started with an introduction from Nicholas Negroponte (the former head of MIT's Media Lab) …
Jim Finkle / Reuters:   U.S. schools may join inexpensive laptop project
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 …
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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 …
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: Slashdot
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista = Windows Me II?
Discussion: The Tech Report
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.
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
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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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 …
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) …
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.
 
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Dan Nystedt / InfoWorld:
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Discussion: WebProNews
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Wall Street Journal:
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