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8:45 PM ET, April 23, 2008

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Apple:
Apple Reports Record Second Quarter Results  —  Revenue Up 43 Percent Year-Over-Year  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 second quarter ended March 29, 2008.  The Company posted revenue of $7.51 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.05 billion, or $1.16 per diluted share.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple blows through estimates; Ships 2.29 million Macs; Outlook light by design?  —  Apple in its fiscal second quarter shipped 2.29 million Macs to top even the most optimistic Wall Street projections.  —  Apple had been expected to ship 2.1 million Macs, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster …
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Apple Q2 2008: Mac sales surge, iPhones not so much
Discussion: Big Tech and Between the Lines
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Apple Q2: The Mac Gets The Job Done (AAPL)
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amateur Hour Over At Twitter?  —  It doesn't really matter if Twitter's Chief Architect Blaine Cook was fired or resigned.  The important thing is that he's gone now, and this gives Twitter the opportunity to hire someone (or a team) who may actually be able to scale the nearly two year old service and keep it live.
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Lead Architect Blaine Cook Out At Twitter  —  Blaine Cook, lead architect at red-hot, sometimes-down Twitter, has left the company.  In an email to SAI, Blaine describes his departure at an “amicable” one.  —  I left Twitter just over two weeks ago.  It's an amicable change …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Twitter-storm: Blaine leaves, blame flies
Discussion: WebGuild and Fresh Thinking
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Twitter's to-do list: Become obsessive about uptime
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Comcast Is Serious About Wireless  —  Hot on the heels of a report that Comcast will no longer offer Sprint's wireless service through Pivot, GigaOM has learned that the cable company is creating its own wireless division and has hired the former CTO of Telefonica O2 Europe, Dave Williams …
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David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Cable companies pull out of joint venture with Sprint Nextel
Discussion: AndroidGuys and Engadget
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
So You're Launching a Platform: After Ubiquitous APIs - What's the Next Frontier?  —  We're here at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco and are getting inundated with press releases about new APIs and developer platforms, many from companies we've never even heard of in the first place.
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Tim O'Reilly Keynote, Web 2.0 Expo (Real Time Notes)  —  Tim O'Reilly opens the Web 2.0 Expo keynotes with a discussion on the opportunities in web 2.0 today.  Here are some real-time notes on his session.  —  big opportunities:  —  1) web 2.0 in enterprise “turning themselves inside out”
Discussion: Outside the Lines
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
The mascots of the Web 2.0 Expo
Discussion: Computerworld
Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Ginormous Free Food Budget: $7,530 Per Googler, $72 Million A Year  —  Sick of hearing about the great, free, food at Google?  Skip this post.  Want to know how much it costs Google to pay for all that grub?  Read on.  —  Here's the math: Googlers in the U.S. get two meals a day free …
Discussion: ben barren
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Justice Department Probes Yahoo's Test Of Google Ads  —  The Justice Department is investigating the possible antitrust allegations of Yahoo's (YHOO) deal to test the use of Google's (GOOG) advertising services, according to Reuters.  Both companies say they informed the DOJ about the test before it began.
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1 begins today  —  We're excited about the progress we've made with Windows Vista Service Pack 1.  On March 18th, Windows Vista SP1 was made available for customers who chose to manually download and install it from the Microsoft Download Center …
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Microsoft:
Windows Vista Delivers Richer, Safer User Experience
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Tech Tracks
Business Wire:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Sales up 37% to $4.1 Billion; Electronics and Other General Merchandise Grows 56%; Media Grows 28%  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Operating cash flow was $1.04 billion …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon earnings solid; Ups sales range
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Xbox chief on Grand Theft Auto IV, console shortages and Sony PS3 gains  —  While we watched kids at Children's Hospital playing Xbox 360 kiosks that Microsoft donated today to the recreation program, I chatted with Robbie Bach about a game that won't appear on those particular consoles — “Grand Theft Auto IV.”
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Brian Ashcraft / Kotaku:
Pirated GTA IV Leaked Early Online
Discussion: Gizmodo, CrunchGear, TechSpot and Game|Life
Forbes:
Apple Buys Chip Designer  —  Apple has agreed to spend $278 million in cash to buy a boutique microprocessor design company that could create a chip for its flagship iPhone, and possibly iPod products as well.  —  The 150-person chip company, P.A. Semi, was founded in 2003 by Dan Dobberpuhl …
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Arun / Beyond3D:   Apple acquires PA Semi; Press proves lack of understanding.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook Finishes Chat Integration, Makes This Blogger's Life Miserable  —  I made the mistake of leaving Facebook open on my desktop as I stepped out for the evening on Tuesday night.  I returned to a complete mess of Facebook Chat messages.  Some users got access to Facebook Chat as early as April 6.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Full Text of Ray Ozzie Mesh Memo  —  As we wrote last night, the new Live Mesh service that just launched as an invite only “technology preview” is Microsoft's attempt to tie all of our data together.  Live Mesh synchronizes data across multiple devices (currently just Windows computers …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Interview: Microsoft's Rob Bennett defends DRM decision  —  Rob Bennett knew people were going to be angry.  —  Bennett is the Microsoft executive who notified former customers of the now defunct MSN Music service on Tuesday that the company would no longer issue DRM keys for their songs after August 31.
CNN:
T-Mobile Android Phone Release Seen Bringing ‘Avalanche’  —  SAN FRANCISCO -(Dow Jones)- With Deutsche Telekom AG's (DT) T-Mobile USA Inc. preparing to ship out its first cellphones built on Google Inc.'s (GOOG) open Android platform later this year, wireless carriers are expecting an avalanche …
Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Behold WordPress, Destroyer of CPUs  —  Lately I've been delving into the WordPress ecosystem, as it seems to be the most popular blogging platform around at the moment.  I've set up two blogs with it so far.  In the process, I've gotten quite comfortable with the setup, interface, and overall operation of WordPress.
Discussion: Blogging Pro
 
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