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5:10 AM ET, October 22, 2008

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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.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: TG Daily and iPhone Atlas
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Apple CEO: What's Adobe's Market Cap, Again?  —  With $25 billion in cash and short-term securities stored away on its balance sheet, Apple (AAPL) is in a uniquely comfortable position from which to weather the econaclypse.  And perhaps a uniquely opportunistic one, as well.  According to CEO Steve Jobs, anyway.
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: 9 to 5 Mac and Seeking Alpha
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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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Third Quarter 2008 Financial Results  —  Revenues - $1,786 Million — Operating Income - $70 Million — Operating Income Before Depreciation, Amortization, and Stock-Based Compensation Expense - $410 Million  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Going Rate For Terrible Yahoo M&A Advice?  $37 Million A Quarter  —  Yahoo (YHOO) shareholders who read the fine print in the press release will have observed that they got insulted to the tune of $37 million in advisory fees in Q3.  What, pray tell, were the expert advisors paid for?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Yahoo bets on a glass half full  —  Yahoo Chief Executive Jerry Yang had some bold words to say while announcing the company's third-quarter financial results.  The only problem is that they might have been a different set of words than disgruntled investors were expecting.
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.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple Stops Mac Mini Shipments to Retailers, Says to Expect No More  —  The Mac mini may be pronounced dead as soon as today's Apple earnings conference call, as two major retailers in Europe have confirmed to me that they can't order any more of the little computers.
Dave Bort / Android Open Source Project:
Android is now available as open source  —  Today is a big day for Android, the Open Handset Alliance, and the open-source community.  All of the work that we've poured into the mobile platform is now officially available, for free, as the Android Open Source Project.  —  You'll be hearing a lot about Android devices.
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Clive Thompson / Wired News:
Build It. Share It. Profit. Can Open Source Hardware Work?
Discussion: MAKE Magazine
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Where Will Android Go Next?
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.
Charles Wiles / Google Code Blog:
Introducing the Gears Geolocation API for all laptop WiFi users  —  I am thrilled to announce that today we have enhanced the Gears Geolocation API so that developers can now securely locate users to within 200m accuracy in major desktop browsers in hundreds of cities around the world.
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.
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Introducing WysiHat: An eventually better open source WYSIWYG editor  —  For a while we've been exploring switching to WYSIWYG text editing in our products.  Up until this point we've been using either plain text, manual HTML, or Textile formatting.  Depending on who you are it's either fine or annoying.
Wagner James Au / GigaOM:
Wii Fit on Track to Outsell GTA IV This Year  —  The market for video games is changing profoundly, and a comparison of two prominent titles' recent sales figures shows just how much: Wii Fit, a game largely marketed to women, is outpacing the latest installment of one of the industry's biggest franchises, Grand Theft Auto.
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 …
Mark Hachman / Gearlog:
Microsoft's SideSight: Something Apple Should Watch  —  A new Microsoft-developed technology called SideSight looks like something that deserves to be on a next-generation iPod touch.  Or in a magician's repertoire.  —  The SideSight technology is contained in yet another paper …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Twine: “We Organize That S**t.”  —  A year after launching its beta, Twine opened up today to the general public with a completely redesigned site.  The relaunch got lots of coverage.  Maybe you read some of it.  Even if you did, you probably still don't know what Twine does.  Some semantic s**t, right?
Simpson L. Garfinkel / Technology Review:
Wikipedia and the Meaning of Truth  —  Why the online encyclopedia's epistemology should worry those who care about traditional notions of accuracy.  —  With little notice from the outside world, the community-written encyclopedia Wikipedia has redefined the commonly accepted use of the word “truth.”
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.
 
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