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9:20 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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Q2: The Mac Gets The Job Done (AAPL)
Discussion: Bits and Tech Ticker
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
Apple Q2 2008: Mac sales surge, iPhones not so much
Discussion: Big Tech and Between the Lines
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
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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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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Brad Stone / New York Times:
Amazon's Earnings Beat Expectations
Discussion: Techland and CNET News.com
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Amazon earnings solid; Ups sales range
Discussion: Techland
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: Tackle Big, Hard Problems With Web 2.0
Discussion: Outside the Lines and Webware.com
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 …
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Microsoft:
Windows Vista Delivers Richer, Safer User Experience  —  Stylish, versatile Windows Vista powers a new wave of eye-catching PCs, with Service Pack 1 making consumers' digital experiences more reliable and secure than ever.  —  Personal computing has undergone a dramatic transformation over the past six years.
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and Tech Tracks
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Chris Flores / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1 begins today
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Bill Gates Claims Open Source Means Nobody Can Improve Software  —  from the say-what-now?  dept  —  Wired is running an interesting article about Bill Gates' thoughts on the pharmaceutical industry, which he's increasingly focused on as he transitions out of Microsoft and into his foundation.
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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 …
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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Rick Merritt / EE Times:
DoD may push back on Apple's P.A. Semi bid  —  PowerPC variant designed into many military systems  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple Inc. may have to face the ire of the U.S. Department of Defense following its planned acquisition of P.A. Semi Inc. The startup's PWRficient processor is designed …
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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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.
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.
Alexandra Kenin / Official Google Mobile Blog:
New mobile image ads  —  The mobile ads team is happy to announce the launch of mobile image ads.  These look like standard image ads for desktop web pages but they are smaller to fit on mobile screens and they run on the mobile content network.  Take a look at the mobile image ads example page to see samples.
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
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 …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
Man discovers his net wasn't neutered  —  When the Hive Mob attacks...  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  Analysis We have very little idea of how a hysteria can grip sensible, rational people - until it strikes.  After Orson Welles's War Of The Worlds radio broadcast, the public reported sightings of Martians.
 
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