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7:45 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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John Markoff / New York Times:
Quarterly Income Rises 36% at Apple
Discussion: Forbes, One More Thing and Engadget
Macworld:
Apple Earnings Call - Live Update
Discussion: PC World and iPhone Central
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  —  If you need any proof that Twitter is the hot topic in the blogosphere at the moment, all you have to do is look at the volume of blog posts about the service — and related services such as Tweetscan and Twist (Twitter trends) — on sites like TechCrunch.
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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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Comcast: AT&T's U-Verse is messing with our network  —  Back in the pre-fiber days, cable and phone companies competed for broadband and voice customers.  With Verizon and AT&T rolling out fiber networks, competition has come to the television set—and the fight sometimes gets ugly.
David Twiddy / Associated Press:
Cable companies pull out of joint venture with Sprint Nextel
Discussion: Engadget and AndroidGuys
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Ten things to know about Microsoft's Live Mesh
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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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
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.
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
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FBI grilled again over computer upgrade woes  —  WASHINGTON—The FBI's legacy of botched computer upgrades is still haunting some politicians on Capitol Hill.  —  At a U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, former committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner …
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Declan McCullagh / The Iconoclast:   FBI, politicos renew push for ISP data retention laws
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
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 …
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Get Blown On Facebook  —  What is it with college kids and online video challenges?  There are plenty of startups catering to this strange video niche/fetish.  IBeatYou and Strutta (read our review) have dedicated their entire Websites to this activity.  And now Blowtorch Entertainment …
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.
Discussion: CNET News.com
 
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