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6:10 PM ET, January 31, 2008

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Yahoo! Finance:
Google Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2007 Results  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2007.  —  “We're very pleased with our performance this quarter,” said Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's quarter falls short of expectations; Social networking not monetizing well  —  Google on Thursday reported fourth quarter net income of $1.21 billion, or $3.79 a share, on revenue of $4.83 billion, up 51 percent from a year ago.  Excluding charges Google reported earnings of $4.43 a share.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   Google: Social Networking Inventory Not Monetizing As Well As …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Google: We're going under — sell, sell!
Discussion: ParisLemon and Paul Kedrosky's …
Tim Coulter / Joyeur:
Twitter and Joyent: Update  —  By David Young 31 January 08  —  Twitter has been officially off Joyent since 10PM last night.  This may come as a surprise to some after yesterday's posts here and here regarding the two companies working together.  Those of us at Joyent appreciate …
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Twitter Blog:
We had a rough night.  But now we're back.  —  I just left the office, at 6am, with most of our engineering and technical operations team.  That's only a handful of people, but we were all there all night.  —  You may have noticed we had an outage last night/stretching into this morning.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Twitter's struggles harm more than just the users
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: C Block Hits Reserve Price  —  A bid of $4.7 billion this morning for the most valuable group of wireless licenses in the Federal Communications Commission auction for 700Mhz spectrum pushed the price over the minimum price the government set.
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Michal Lev-Ram / Techland:
Google gets its way with new wireless network  —  Somewhere in the Googleplex, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are celebrating right about now.  —  That's because the Internet search giant Thursday scored its first big win in the mobile business: The minimum $4.6 billion bid …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Open access for all: prime 700MHz Block C hits reserve price  —  After 17 rounds, the 700MHz spectrum auction has finally hit its one of its most closely watched targets: bidding on Block C has surpassed the Federal Communications Commission's mandated $4.638 billion reserve …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Spectrum Auction: The C-Block Bidding Stalls at $4.7 Billion
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
700MHz auction exceeds $10 Billion, open-access just one bid away
Discussion: RCR Wireless News and Electronista
Doug Sherrets / VentureBeat:
Google's Marissa Mayer: Social search is the future  —  At an event in August, Marissa Mayer, Google's leading VP in search, said social search hasn't shown much promise, but if it does, Google would be in a good position to incorporate it.  I wrote about that here.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com to Acquire Audible.com  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Audible Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBL).  —  Audible.com is the leading online provider of premium digital spoken word audio content, specializing in digital audio editions of books …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon.com buys Audible; March into digital content distribution continues
Chris Williams / The Register:
‘Facebook fatigue’ kicks in as people tire of social networks  —  Shhh!  Can you hear a hiss?  That's the sound of naughty facts deflating the social networking balloon a tad.  —  Whisper it, but numbers from web analytics outfit comScore have confirmed what the chatter in bars and cafes …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Gartner: Apple To Double U.S., Europe PC Share By 2011  —  Apple (AAPL) will double its share of the U.S. and Western European PC market share by 2011, the research firm Gartner said today.  “Apple's gains in computer market share reflect as much on the failures of the rest of the industry as on Apple's success,” Gartner says.
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Christy Pettey / Gartner:
Gartner Highlights Key Predictions for IT Organisations and Users in 2008 and Beyond
Discussion: Between the Lines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google, Facebook Battle For Computer Science Grads.  Salaries Soar.  —  Google and Facebook are fighting hard to hire this years crop of computer science graduates, we've heard, and ground zero is Stanford.  Most of the class of 2008 already have job offers even though graduation is months away.
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Good news for TiVo: court upholds patent claims against Echostar  —  The TiVo vs. EchoStar case got another little push towards finally ending today, as the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that EchoStar had indeed infringed part of TiVo's “time warp” patent.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Pirate Bay Admins Charged with Assisting Copyright Infringement  —  “The operation of The Pirate Bay is financed through advertising revenues.  In that way it commercially exploits copyright-protected work and performances,” said prosecutor Hakan Roswall in a statement.
Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
RealPlayer named by StopBadware.org  —  StopBadware.org said Tuesday it has labeled two versions of the RealPlayer media player as “badware,” or spyware.  —  RealPlayer 10.5, it claims, “fails to accurately and completely disclose the fact that it installs advertising software on the user's computer.”
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
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Viacom:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Electronic Arts: FY Q3 In Line; Narrows Guidance; Stk Dn
Discussion: New York Times
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google 4Q Profit Misses Analyst Target
Discussion: Tech Beat and Epicenter
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Luxury PCs for the curio cabinet
Tom Krazit / Crave: The gadget blog:
Lenovo, Fujitsu planning to use Intel's MacBook Air chip
Discussion: PC World and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Announce Large Video Acquisition—Maven Networks For $150 Million.
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MarsEdit 2.1  —  It is with great pleasure that I announce …
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Fixing US broadband: $100 billion for fiber to every home
Mark Walsh / MediaPost Publications:
CBS Mobile Chief: Wireless Industry Is Overwhelming Consumers
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Q4 Earnings Preview: Meaningful Upside Expected
Steve O'Hear / The Social Web:
OpenSocial should be renamed “OpenGadgets”
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Class action nails T-Mobile USA over texting services
Nicholas Carr / Guardian:
The internet rewards the lazy and punishes the intrepid