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8:25 AM 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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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.
Discussion: parislemon and digg
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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Apple Ex-Finance Chief Settles With SEC  —  Apple Inc.'s former chief financial officer Fred Anderson has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission on his alleged participation in the backdating of stock options at the computer maker and the agency is expected to pursue a civil lawsuit …
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Dan Gallagher / MarketWatch:
Apple shares hit new all-time high
Discussion: Macsimum News and Apple Gazette
Wall Street Journal:
PlayStation Creator Resigns As Chief of Sony Unit  —  TOKYO — Ken Kutaragi, who created Sony Corp.'s PlayStation videogame business, resigned yesterday, giving up his leadership role at the company at a time when his biggest technological gamble to date — the PlayStation 3 — is lagging behind rivals.
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GameDaily:
Analysts Weigh In on Kutaragi's Departure
Discussion: GigaOM and Kotaku
Kotaku:
Ken Kutaragi Steps Down at Playstation
Discussion: Gizmodo, Neowin.net and Blue's News
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.
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: Engadget and GigaOM
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!
Discussion: The Mobile Gadgeteer and Engadget
TiVo.com:
Already have a TiVo box?  —  You can choose from a variety of service plans and we'll throw in a wireless adapter as our gift to you ($59.99 value!).  —  Prepay  —  Monthly  —  1 year for $179  —  = $14.92 per month  —  $16.95 per month  —  with 1-year commitment  —  2 years for $299
Tomio Geron / Red Herring:
YouTube Lining Up Summer Ads  —  Video-sharing site experiments with pre-roll and post-roll spots.  —  Beware YouTube watchers, ads are comingas soon as this summer.  —  The video-sharing site that was acquired by Google in November is experimenting with the precise length, form …
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 …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Cozmo Wants to Kill Your TV  —  TiVo came along and is helping kill the idea of a TV time slot.  The growth of on demand online video has been helping finish the job.  Cozmo.Tv wants to create a TV 2.0 by changing the way you consume online video from a random walk to personalized content.
Mike / CrunchNotes:
My Policy on Embargoes and Exclusive Stories  —  I'm getting a lot of feedback from people complaining that we aren't writing about them because we don't get an exclusive on the story.  I just want to make my policy on embargoes and exclusives clear.  —  Embargoes: This is news that's delivered …
eMarketer:
Viral Marketing's Video Love Affair  —  Next to 'cool microsites' and games, viral video is hot.  —  Marketers with viral campaign experience think highly of microsites, games and video clips, according to Marketing Sherpa's "2007 Viral Marketing Survey."  —  An eMarketer subscription is like having your own
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Most press I ever got for not doing an interview...  This whole WIRED vs. Calacanis/Winer stand off has really developed into a very interesting debate on the future of news.  It's a discussion that, as Dave Winer said, is long over due and that we've been doing for long.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft's 'Big Bang' Is When? … Windows Server is the nucleus of Microsoft's enterprise strategy, around which all other products—even Windows client—revolve.  Longhorn's eventual release, which Microsoft claims will be later this year, will likely set off major software upgrades, including Office 2007 and Windows Vista.
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Windows Vista = Windows Me II?
Discussion: Neowin.net
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Akamai Releases FoxTorrent 1.0 - Firefox BitTorrent Add-on
George Ou:
MS Office 2007 versus Open Office 2.2 shootout
Eric Pfanner / New York Times:
This Internet TV Program Is Brought to You by ...
Discussion: Beet.TV and Profy.Com
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Vonage weighs down all VoIP Service Cos
Discussion: Techdirt
Brian White / Engadget Mobile:
Sprint's Samsung UpStage drops to $100
Discussion: Gadgetell and Gizmodo
Cote / People Over Process:
Flex SDK Going Open Source: Video and Analysis
Sean Ammirati / Read/WriteWeb:
Interview with Chris DiBona of Google
 Earlier Items: 
Reuters:
Sony to launch video-sharing network on Friday
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
Yahoo Pig and Google Sawzall
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Xbox 360 Elite vs. classic: the test
Matt / Signal vs. Noise:
Helpful distortion at NYC & London subway maps
Discussion: The Map Room
Bilal Hameed / Startup Meme:
Joost Signs Advertising Deal With 31 Major Brands
Michael Geist / Michael Geist's Blog:
World Intellectual Property Day
Rustybrick / Search Engine Roundtable:
Screen Captures of the New Google News Results in Action
Michael Calore / Wired News:
Web Mashups Turn Citizens Into Washington's Newest Watchdogs