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9:40 AM ET, October 22, 2008

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John Markoff / Bits:
Read My Lips: Apple Is a Netbook Maker  —  Steve Jobs appeared as a surprise “special guest” on Apple's earnings call Tuesday afternoon.  —  Mr. Jobs, Apple's chief executive, has not taken part in one of the company's conference calls with analysts since 2000, according to the company.
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Apple:
Apple Reports Fourth Quarter Results  —  6.9 Million iPhones Sold Mac Sales Reach All-Time High  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2008 fourth quarter ended September 27, 2008.  The Company posted revenue of $7.9 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.14 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share.
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Why the iPhone is now Apple's most important product  —  When Apple Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone in January 2007, even he might not have realized how soon it would become a huge part of Apple's business.  —  (Credit: Declan McCullagh/CNET News)  —  The rampant success of the iPhone …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
7 Real Reasons Why iPhone is a Smash Hit  —  Love it or hate it... there is no denying that Apple's iPhone is not only a game changer but a certifiable hit.  Apple shared some interesting stats about the iPhone.  I culled some of the more interesting facts come from the transcript …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The Phone Company  —  For a long time — the entire decade of the '90s and the first few years of this decade — the story of Apple was the story of a company searching for a way to be something other than “the Mac company”.  From a financial perspective of revenue and profit, the Mac was Apple, and Apple was the Mac.
Discussion: Cult of Mac and 9 to 5 Mac
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:   Apple CEO: What's Adobe's Market Cap, Again?
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple Q408 results out: 6.9m iPhones sold, record Mac sales UPDATE …
Discussion: Mobilewhack.com and Technologizer
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Jerry Yang Email To All Yahooers: 10% Of You Are Fired  —  Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang sent the email below to all Yahoo'ers at 2:20 pm PST, after earnings were announced.  Besides being all lowercase, as usual, he lets everyone know that the company will be letting 10% of employees go to help save $400 million in annual costs.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:   Going Rate For Terrible Yahoo M&A Advice? $37 Million A Quarter
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple's iPhone Boosts AT&T's Wireless Business, But Whacks Profits  —  Why did AT&T (T) make sacrifices to become Apple's (AAPL) official U.S. iPhone carrier?  Because it's leading the company in growth: AT&T says it activated 2.4 million (about a third of Apple's 6.9 million total) …
Discussion: Reuters and Electronista
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AT&T:
Strong Wireless Gains, Sound Operational Execution Highlight AT&T's Third Quarter; Results Led by 2.4 Million iPhone 3G Activations, Rapid Wireless Data Growth  — $0.55 reported earnings per diluted share versus $0.50 in the year-earlier quarter  — $0.67 adjusted earnings per diluted share …
Discussion: DSLreports and mocoNews.net
Gmail Blog:
New in Labs: Canned Responses  —  Hello, you've reached Chad's mailbox.  Thanks for your email about the latest Labs feature: Canned Responses, or email for the truly lazy.  I'm on paternity leave so I won't be able to respond personally.  Instead, I hope you'll enjoy this automated message.
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Metaplace raises more funding to be the MySpace of virtual worlds  —  Metaplace, a company that will allow anybody to build their own virtual world and access it through through an ordinary web browser, has taken $6.7 million in funding as it nears a public release.
Discussion: TechCrunch and GigaOM
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Mobile ad network AdMob hits profitability, raises $15.7 million  —  Mobile advertising network AdMob has become a darling of Silicon Valley this past year, having grown large alongside the recent explosion of mobile web traffic in the U.S. and around the world.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:
AdMob Bucks the Downtrend
Karen E. Klein / Business Week:
The Growing Frustration of eBay Sellers  —  Changes at eBay, especially its new ratings feedback policy, have many longtime sellers angry.  Some are even leaving for upstart sites like Shopify  —  When Julie Rodarte and her husband started selling on eBay (EBAY) six years ago, they stored their meager inventory in the family garage.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Like.com's Perfect Timing: $32 Million Series C Round  —  Silicon Valley based Like.com managed to raise a monster round of financing at just the right time: $32 million in Series C round of funding that closed in August, led by Menlo Ventures.  Crosslink Capital also joined the round, as well as all previous investors.
Suzanne Tindal / ZDNet.com.au:
Intel slams ‘slow’ iPhone ARM CPU  —  Any speed shortcomings in Apple's iPhone were the fault of its rival chipset manufacturer ARM, a senior Intel executive said in Taiwan yesterday.  —  “The shortcomings of the iPhone are not because of Apple,” Intel's director of ecosystems …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
LarsBrubaker / Reflexive Arcade:
Reflexive is acquired by Amazon.com  —  Here at Reflexive we've got some really big news - and I wanted you to hear it directly from me, Lars Brubaker, CEO of Reflexive.  —  Reflexive Entertainment Inc. has been acquired by Amazon.com!  —  As I'm sure you can all imagine this is a very exciting day for us at Reflexive.
Miriam Marcus / Forbes:
Bad Day For Midway  —  Sumner Redstone's videogame publisher Midway Games had a doozy of a day, losing 12% of its market value with the billionaire wrapped up in talks with his creditors.  —  Shares in Midway Games (nyse: MWY - news - people ), whose game titles includes Unreal Tournament 3 …
 
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Ron Rogers / PR Newswire:
SureWest Delivers Faster Internet Speeds With the Launch of Bonded DSL
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
Simpson L. Garfinkel / Technology Review:
Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twine: “We Organize That S**t.”
Inside Higher Ed:
The Costs of Policing Campus Networks
Will Park / IntoMobile:
AT&T launches Samsung Epix - Windows Mobile touchscreen handset with optical mouse
Discussion: AT&T
Gmail Blog:
More changes to Gmail contact manager
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Stops Mac Mini Shipments to Retailers, Says to Expect No More