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6:50 PM ET, July 17, 2008

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Google Investor Relations:
GOOGLE ANNOUNCES SECOND QUARTER 2008 RESULTS  —  Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2008.  —  “Strong international growth as well as sustained traffic increases on Google's web properties propelled us to another strong quarter …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google earnings fall short; Says it can thrive in weak economy  —  Updated: Google's second quarter earnings missed Wall Street estimates and executives moved to allay concerns about the company's ability to weather a dicey ad environment.  —  The search giant on Thursday reported net income …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Google 2Q profit rises 35 pct, below analyst views
Discussion: [H] Enthusiast and Reuters
PR Newswire:
Microsoft's Annual Revenue Reaches $60 Billion  —  Fastest annual revenue growth since 1999 fuels 32% increase in earnings per share.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced revenue of $15.84 billion for the fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2008, an 18% increase over the same period of the prior year.
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
IBM: Big Blue beats expectations; raises full year guidance  —  updated: IBM, a bellweather that analysts have been watching as an indicator of the tech industry's economic health in the U.S., reported second quarter earnings of $2.8 billion, or $1.98 a share, an increase of 28 percent over the same quarter a year ago.
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft profits miss Wall Street estimates  —  Breaking news: Microsoft today reported fourth-quarter profits of 46 cents a share, just short of Wall Street expectations, and trimmed its earnings forecast for the full fiscal year.  —  Analysts had been expecting earnings of 47 cents per share.
Discussion: New York Times
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Microsoft Earnings: Why They Were A Bad Surprise
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: FY Q4 Revs Solid At $15.84B; But EPS Misses By A Penny …
Discussion: LiveSide and CNET News.com
AMD:
AMD Board of Directors Elects Dirk Meyer President and CEO  —  − Hector Ruiz Named Executive Chairman of AMD -  —  AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that its board of directors elected President and COO Dirk Meyer as the company's chief executive officer.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Ruiz out at AMD, Dirk Meyer new CEO  —  AMD CEO Hector Ruiz is stepping down from the helm of the troubled chip company, and Dirk Meyer is taking over.  —  Ruiz announced the leadership change during AMD's second-quarter financial earnings conference call.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
PodTech purchased by ViewPartner for less than half a million, ending a bloody story  —  PodTech, a company that publishes online and downloadable videos about new technology, has been sold — for less than half a million dollars, I've learned — to ViewPartner, a communications technology company.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail and Google Calendar to Add Offline Support  —  It seems that this year Google's most popular web applications will work offline.  After Google Reader and Google Docs, two other services will integrate with Gears.  Andrew Fogg saw a preview of the integration at Google's offices and found …
Opera:
Mobile browsing gets a makeover  —  Opera Mobile 9.5 beta is released  —  Opera Software today released the much-anticipated, first public version of Opera Mobile 9.5 beta.  A powerful foreshadowing of what is to come, this beta takes mobile browsing speed and features to a new level, complete with visual effects and a new look.
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Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Opera Mobile 9.5: Full of Promise-and Rough Edges
Discussion: Download Squad and Inquirer
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Source: VC for Facebook widgetmakers is drying up  —  They can't say they didn't have it coming.  But widgetmakers are angry all the same about Facebook's decision to clone Slide's Top Friends application as a feature in its latest redesign.  “It would be insane for a new developer” …
Nathania Johnson / Search Engine Watch Blog:
77.4% of Search Ads to Google in Q2 2008  —  Efficient Frontier has released search advertising market data for the second quarter of 2008, and it showed Google growing 2% over Q2 2007.  For every new dollar spent on search ads in 2008 over 2007, Google received $1.10, while Yahoo lost $0.09 and Microsoft lost $0.01.
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Google Take All, Plus 10 Percent
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Apple Climbs To Third Place In US Desktop Market  —  Gartner and IDC have reported that Apple has climbed to third place in the US desktop market, with a market share of approximately 7.8 to 8.5%.  Worldwide, Apple has yet to crack the top 5 spots, but in the USA Apple has finished almost tied …
Discussion: MacRumors, Computerworld and WebProNews
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Channel Intelligence Sues Just About Everyone Who Offers Wishlists  —  Channel Intelligence, a company based in Florida, filed a lawsuit for patent infringement in Delaware on Tuesday against a long list of startups and other companies and individuals who have one thing in common …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Will Mainstream Users Ever Learn About The Browser's Address Bar?  —  Traffic analytics company Hitwise released search market share numbers for dating websites in June today and two things were striking about the data.  —  Ad supported free site PlentyOfFish is trouncing everyone …
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
GoDaddy's Domain Registration Totally Screws .me  —  Earlier this year GoDaddy won the rights to distribute domains under the extension .me, which belongs to the country of Montenegro.  After a number of private distribution periods for corporations, the highly desirable extension finally went …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Will Sell to Microsoft for $33 Per Share  —  Yahoo's Jerry Yang has sent out an email to Yahoo shareholders disclosing that the company will sell itself to Microsoft for $33 per share or more.  —  Arnold reviewed the meat of the letter, so readers don't have to run through it all themselves …
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
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The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Bold vs. iPhone 3G: yeah, we definitely went there  —  If there's ever been two devices so closely pitted against each other, it would be none other than the BlackBerry Bold and the iPhone 3G.  Heck, people we're even putting the original iPhone against the Bold.
 
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