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4:25 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Big Tech and Silicon Alley Insider
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Schmidt: YouTube + ads = ‘holy grail’
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Lost Remote
Nik Cubrilovic / TechCrunchIT:
Google Announces Q2 Results: Stock Plummets 12%
Discussion: TG Daily and Bloomberg
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  —  Not long ago, Podtech was a video company with a bright future — or at least so it appeared.  Run by John Furrier, with some high-profile social media types like Jeremiah Owyang and Robert Scoble on board, the company had high hopes of being a new video-content provider.
Jon Fortt / Big Tech:
New AMD chief knows the chips are down  —  Incoming AMD CEO Dirk Meyer is known as a top-notch chip designer.  Image: AMD  —  AMD stock is hitting lows it hasn't seen in more than a decade.  —  Hector Ruiz is out as CEO of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Dirk Meyer is in.
Discussion: TG Daily
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon To Target $5.5 Billion Textbook Market With New Kindle?  —  Earlier this week Crunchgear broke the news on two new upcoming Kindle models: a smaller form factor Kindle to be released this year ahead of the holidays, and a large screen (probably 8.5×11) to come sometime next year.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog and CrunchGear
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?
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 …
louisgray.com:
Twitter Chokes Unauthenticated API Requests By IP, Sites Gasp for Air  —  Twitter's struggles with handling high user load have been well documented.  To help the embattled site stay up between Fail Whales, they've at times reduced features to just try and keep afloat, blocking the replies tab …
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 …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Twinkle: Location Aware Twitter Client  —  Tapulous, the developers of the highly popular Tap Tap Revenge game for the iPhone and iPod touch, released a native, location aware Twitter client for the iPhone tonight.  Twinkle (iTunes link) already existed as a native application on jail broken iPhones before …
Discussion: MacRumors iPhone Blog
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 …
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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.
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
 
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Take That, Jessica Chobot and Olivia Munn! …
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VMware To Re-Price Post-IPO Employee Options
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Intel CEO: Atom is Something “Most of us Wouldn't Use”
Discussion: dailywireless.org and Gizmodo
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
The Story of the Fail Whale
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Source: VC for Facebook widgetmakers is drying up
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Channel Intelligence Sues Just About Everyone Who Offers Wishlists
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Gmail and Google Calendar to Add Offline Support