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7:45 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 …
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Google Announces Q2 Results: Stock Plummets 12%
Discussion: Bloomberg and Smackdown!
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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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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: FY Q4 Revs Solid At $15.84B; But EPS Misses By A Penny …
Discussion: LiveSide and Beyond Binary
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:   Microsoft Earnings: Why They Were A Bad Surprise
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Call: Online Ad Business Is Bad; Share Weakness Out Of Our Control
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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  —  This post was updated at around 2:45 and 3:40 p.m. PDT with additional information from the earnings conference call.  —  Advanced Micro Devices CEO Hector Ruiz is stepping down from the helm of the troubled chip company, and Dirk Meyer is taking over.
Reuters:   Advanced Micro Chief Steps Down After Another Loss
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.
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 …
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Shoemoney:
The .me Registration Not Going So Well
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 …
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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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
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
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 …
Ian Paul / Today @ PC World:
First Look: Amazon Video On Demand Service  —  Amazon is tackling video on demand again with a new service aptly named Amazon Video on Demand that gives its customers instant access to 40,000 movie and television programs.  Programs are streamed immediately through your browser …
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.
 
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
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