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1:15 AM ET, July 18, 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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Google Deliberately Sells Fewer Ads — And May Have Gone Too Far  —  Listening to Google's executives on their conference call with investors Thursday afternoon, you'd never know that the company's second-quarter results fell short of expectations and its shares plummeted 10 percent in after-hours trading.
Discussion: Twist Image
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Analysts: Google investors “freaking out for nothing”  —  As far as second quarters go, Google had a decent one.  But that minor detail got lost in the big tech news Wednesday as jumpy investors punished Google in after-hour trading by as much as 11% for missing Wall Street estimates.
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Google Announces Q2 Results: Stock Plummets 12%  —  Google announced their Q2 results today after the market had closed.  Shares are down by as much as 12% as earnings growth reported was below analysts expectations.  Net income for the quarter was $1.25B, up from $925M.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Smackdown!
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Schmidt: YouTube + ads = ‘holy grail’
Discussion: Lost Remote
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Live blog: Google rose loses bloom again
Microsoft:
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.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Microsoft Call: Online Ad Business Is Bad; Share Weakness Out Of Our Control  —  The audio on this call is very bad, so we may have to check the transcript later to see what we missed.  Although the company's outlook is seen as weak, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) CFO Chris Liddel characterized …
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.
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Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:   Podtech failure: Scoble's lessons
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
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Silicon Valley Should Be Worried  —  We have short memories in Silicon Valley, which is both a blessing and a curse.  We forget the bad times as quickly as we forget the good times.  —  At the turn of the century, everything went to hell with the dot-com bust.
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 …
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 is willing to 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 …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Yahoo On Icahn: Seriously, Why Would You Ever Trust This Spent, Doddering Old Man?
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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Corvida / SheGeeks:
Twitter's New Redesign  —  I just logged into Twitter and after sending a direct message from the Twitter homepage my screen showed this:  —  At first I thought Firefox was going haywire on me.  However, this is not the case.  It seems Twitter is testing a new theme design and one that I'm not quite sure how I feel about.
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 …
Benjamin Duranske / Wall Street Journal:
The 3D Internet Will Change How We Live  —  Last summer, several hundred thousand very real dollars disappeared into a Ponzi scheme in the popular virtual world, “Second Life.”  The owner of the “bank” behind the scheme fled, and hasn't been seen since last October.  There were no investigations, lawsuits or arrests.
Discussion: RealityPrime and The Chronicle
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware To Re-Price Post-IPO Employee Options  —  VMware (VMW) disclosed in an SEC filing this afternoon that it plans to offer employees a chance to swap their post-IPO, out-of-the-money stock options for an equal number of options to price prices with an exercise price equal to the share price …
 
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