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6:35 AM ET, October 26, 2007

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports 27% Revenue Growth; Fastest First Quarter Since 1999  —  Broad-based strength drives operating income and EPS growth each in excess of 25%  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income(Loss)  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $13.76 billion for the quarter ended September 30 …
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Microsoft's $30 Billion Vista Bump  —  It turns out someone does like Windows Vista, along with Office and the other stuff Microsoft sells.  Indeed, the company sold $1.1 billion more of that stuff in the second quarter than analysts expected.  The company's profits rose by 23 percent.
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Microsoft Results Turn Heads  —  Despite reliable growth, Microsoft's unsexy stock has often failed to attract jaded investors.  Its spectacular first-quarter earnings have changed that  —  For the last several years, Microsoft (MSFT) has made good on a promise to beat the "law of large numbers …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:   Microsoft Has Blowout Quarter, Stock Up Over $30 Billion
LabRats / Mozilla Labs Blog:
Prism  —  Personal computing is currently in a state of transition.  While traditionally users have interacted mostly with desktop applications, more and more of them are using web applications.  But the latter often fit awkwardly into the document-centric interface of web browsers.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Memo to Mark: BoomTown Is Baaaack and We're Still Dubious!  —  Please see this disclosure related to me and Google.  —  Well, we're glad it's done, our conflict of interest shoved aside by the hey-big-spenders at Microsoft and we can again resume our incredulous analysis of the insane $15 billion valuation of Facebook.
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Facebook's Stock Options  —  Cash is good, and Facebook, following its $240 million investment from Microsoft, now has plenty of it.  It might have much much more if reports prove true that other investors have, or will soon, join in.  With those lofty sums, Mark Zuckerberg and his crew …
Rob Greenlee / Zune Insider:
Zune 1-Click Podcast Subscriptions  —  Podcasters can now plan to display a Zune icon or chicklet graphic on their websites to enable an easy "1-Click Podcast Subscription" process for podcast listeners or viewers.  This 1-Click process will launch the new Zune Marketplace software and place …
Computerworld:
In Depth: Apple's Leopard leaps to new heights  —  A refined look, revamped apps and new options build on an already solid OS foundation  —  It's been two years, five months and 26 days since Apple Inc. last released a new operating system — the longest gap between releases since the company first released Mac OS X six years ago.
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David Kravets / Threat Level:
Apple's Leopard Falls Prey to Torrent Feeding Frenzy
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
CenterNetworks:
Metrofunk.com, The World's First Invite-Only Social Network Built by Trendsetters FOR Trendsetters ... Are you invited?  —  New York, NY - October 25, 2007 - Metrofunk announced today that on November 15, 2007 they will launch Metrofunk.com, the world's first invite-only social network devoted entirely …
David Chartier / Infinite Loop:
Leopard backpedals again: No more iPhone note syncing  —  Looks like Apple now believes that it has said a little too much with the new Leopard feature pages.  Yesterday it backpedaled on letting us use an AirPort Disk with Time Machine, and now it appears as though all references to the iPhone …
canada.com:
UBC tracked his 'theft of time'  —  Use of spyware in firing of web-surfing employee violated his privacy  —  The University of B.C. wants the right to keep using "spyware" to monitor its employees' Internet use.  —  And the university — which used the software to fire a worker …
Discussion: The Chronicle
Wily Ferret / Inquirer:
Russians use Geforce to crack Vista passwords  —  GPGPU given a new spin  —  PESKY RUSSIANS have come up with a novel way of using Nvidia's graphics hardware - cracking passwords.  —  INQ readers will long be familiar with the concept of the GPGPU, and the green team's latest CUDA development kit.
Discussion: Ubergizmo and The Tech Report
Roderick Ioerger / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
Forget Silicon Valley for a Startup, Try NYC Instead  —  Last week Paul Graham said Silicon Valley was the only place worth being, if you want to have the best chance for success in launching your own Internet startup.  This week Charlie O'Donnell has broken down and dissected the idea …
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Ad Infuse, for highly targeted mobile advertising  —  Ad Infuse is ready to serve you targeted ads on your cellphone — and may surprise you with how much it knows.  —  The company can pinpoint a user's age, gender, income level, and location, among other things.
Discussion: Mashable!
InfoWorld:
Scammers get jail time for Microsoft software scheme  —  Four people have been sentenced to jail time and tens of millions of dollars in fines for buying discounted Microsoft software and then illegally reselling it at a profit.  —  Mirza Ali, 60, and Sameena Ali, 53, the husband-and-wife owners …
Discussion: Neowin.net
 
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Linux.com:
Forbes columnist Dan Lyons says he really likes Linux, no matter …
Discussion: The Open Road, Gizmodo and Slashdot
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Vonage, Verizon settle patent spat for up to $120 million
Business Wire:
New Gateway 24-inch and 22-inch High Definition Widescreen LCD …
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
AP Board Approves New Pricing Structure
Wolfgang Hansson / DailyTech:
OCZ Acquires High-Performance System Builder Hypersonic-PC
Discussion: IntoMobile
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC's Copps Calls for News Corp.-Wall Street Journal Inquiry
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
CNET's Shiny New $250 Million Credit Line: What Will They Use It For?
InfoWorld:
Patent reform debate heats up
Discussion: The Register
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Shares Some Link Love From Its Homepage
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Mozilla can live without Google's money, Baker says
Discussion: WebProNews
Daily Mail:
'Picture-passwords' for people who struggle to remember their PIN numbers
Investor Relations:
CNET Networks Announces Sale of Webshots to American Greetings
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Comcast feeling the heat from competition
Doug Aamoth / CrunchGear:
LAPTOP Magazine reviews then new Asus Eee PC 701
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
An Open Letter To Jeff Bezos: Please Stop Pissing Off People Over Amazon Prime
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Apple in a Fight for Rights to TV Shows