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9:45 PM ET, April 22, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Reports Second Quarter Results  —  Best March Quarter Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 second quarter ended March 28, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $8.16 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.21 billion, or $1.33 per diluted share.
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Apple Crushes Earnings, Guidance Fine  —  Apple (AAPL) handily beat the Street's sales and earnings estimates for the March quarter, and June quarter guidance looks fine — conservative as usual.  —  No breaking news on the company's earnings call: As usual, COO Tim Cook says he's bored …
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's Tim Cook: Why don't we make netbooks?  Because they suck  —  Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook, who is leading the company in Steve Jobs' absence, took some sharp jabs at netbooks (computers that are smaller and cheaper than laptops) this afternoon.
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple happy with AT&T, indicates no plans for CDMA iPhone
Discussion: MacRumors
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former Facebook Exec Van Natta Set to Take Over at MySpace, as Founder DeWolfe Prepares to Step Down  —  Finally, Owen Van Natta is about to win out over a founder.  —  The former Facebook COO (pictured here) is poised to become the CEO of MySpace, replacing Co-founder and current CEO Chris DeWolfe.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
It's Official: DeWolfe Out As MySpace CEO, Co-Founder Tom Anderson Also Moving Aside  —  As All Things Digital reported earlier today, MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe is stepping down from his post, but will stay on board as a “strategic advisor” to the company.  MySpace owner News Corp. (NWS) …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:   The First Ten Things the New CEO of MySpace Should Do
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Speculation Time: Who's The Next CEO Of MySpace?
Dieter Bohn / PreCentral.net:
AT&T Vs Pre: Internal Document Smackdown.  Oh No You Didn't!  —  Want more evidence that the Pre release is imminent?  How about AT&T sending a document around their internal network for employees to bone-up on some anti-Pre, pro-iPhone talking points ...and then holding some in-store seminars …
Biz / Twitter Blog:
What's The Deal with OAuth?  —  OAuth is an open protocol that Twitter is experimenting with along with other companies such as Yahoo, Netflix, and Google.  The idea is that folks can use awesome Twitter related applications and services like We Follow or TipJoy without giving away their account credentials.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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Chris Messina / OAuth:
Acknowledgement of the OAuth security issue
Thanks:atul
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News:
Security flaw leads Twitter, others to pull OAuth support
Discussion: Scripting News
Business Wire:
eBay Inc. Reports First Quarter 2009 Results  —  SAN JOSE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—eBay Inc. (Nasdaq:EBAY - News) today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009.  The ecommerce company posted first quarter revenue of $2.02 billion, a $171.6 million year …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
With an IPO on Its Mind, Skype Shows Growth
Discussion: Skype Journal
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
eBay's Q1 earnings dip despite Skype, Paypal boost
Discussion: The Register
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   eBay: Operating smarter?
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple removes ‘Baby Shaker’ from App Store  —  Apple has removed the Baby Shaker application from the App Store, just hours after it was discovered.  —  The application still shows up in the App Store search, but upon clicking on the title, an error message appears.
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Windows 8 starts to come into focus  —  I get questions periodically about whether Windows 7 marks the end of the Microsoft operating system road.  —  Some users wonder whether will Microsoft's next version of Windows be completely cloud-based?  Will it be Midori with the Windows name slapped on it?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
To Tweet or Not to Tweet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alfred Hitchcock would have loved the Twitter headquarters here.  Birds gathering everywhere, painted on the wall in flocks, perched on the coffee table, stitched on pillows and framed on the wall with a thought bubble asking employees to please tidy up after themselves.
Discussion: Bits, Switched and Twitterrati
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
YouTube Starts Experimenting With Real-Time Notifications  —  The real-time web is all the rage, with FriendFeed widely deploying live feeds earlier this month and Facebook working hard on bringing real-time streams to its homepage.  Now YouTube is looking to get in on the action …
Discussion: CNET News and VentureBeat, Thanks:atul
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft pubCenter beta goes public  —  Microsoft pubCenter, an ad publishing tool (think Google Adsense) from Microsoft Advertising, after existing as a private beta for a number of months, goes into public beta today, April 22.  —  Kevin McCabe, Senior Product Manager for pubCenter beta …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
PBS Brings Bugs, Presidents and Soufflés to the Web  —  Public television may be non-profit and government-sponsored, but it has many of the same problems as commercial broadcasters when it comes to the Web.  More and more viewers want to watch “Nova,” “Frontline,” and “Antiques Roadshow” …
Epicenter:
In Iraq With Web 2.0 Luminaries: Helios, Helmets, Hummus  —  By Steven Levy, Senior Writer, Wired magazine  —  BAGHDAD — The sight is so weird that the people waiting for the military flight to Baghdad at the Amman airport just have to ask: Who are you guys?
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
The True Cost of Amazon's New Kindle  —  The research firm iSuppli tears apart the Kindle 2 to determine how much its components really cost  —  It has taken the online retailer Amazon less than two years to make its Kindle device more or less synonymous with the electronic book reader,
Cleve Nettles / 9 to 5 Mac:
Pro Apps and MacBooks to see update at WWDC  —  We just got a call in from our favorite Apple source who says that Apple is going to have a minor update at WWDC for MacBooks and MacBook Pros.  He said he wasn't sure what the minor upgrade was but there was speculation that there might …
Discussion: Ars Technica, I4U News and CrunchGear
Declan McCullagh / CNET News:
White House may relieve DHS of cybersecurity role  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The federal official overseeing a 60-day review of the U.S. government's cybersecurity efforts indicated Wednesday that the final report recommends shifting more responsibilities to the White House.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foodista Raises $550,000 From Amazon And Other Angels  —  Amazon is now an angel investor in a company led by one of its former employees.  Foodista, which is trying to create an authoritative wiki for recipes, raised a $550,000 series A funding from Amazon and a group of local Seattle angel investors.
Discussion: TechFlash and Brier Dudley's blog, Thanks:sparsa
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
One bot-infected PC = 600,000 spam messages a day  —  Rustock, Xarvester top the list as most efficient spam-spewing bots  —  Computerworld) Some bot-infected PCs can crank out as many as 25,000 spam messages per hour, new research released today claimed.  —  Orange, Calif.-based Marshal8e6 …
Discussion: CircleID
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Will Hit A Billion Apps At 1:24:06 AM PST On April 23 (As Of Right Now)  —  We all know that Apple is closing in on a billion app downloads in the App Store.  Currently, the counter on the main Apple.com claims it's about 10 million away from the major number.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
No data caps, no DOCSIS 3.0?  TWC's math doesn't add up  —  Time Warner Cable suggests that DOCSIS 3.0 rollouts might be delayed now that its consumption-based billing trials have been canceled.  The company says that it needs the extra revenue to pay for the upgrades and all that bandwidth that people insist on using.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Why AT&T Wants to Keep the iPhone Away From Verizon  —  AT&T's earnings report on Wednesday highlights the enormous stakes involved in the renewal of its exclusive contract to distribute Apple's iPhone in the United States.  —  In an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week …
Discussion: New York Times and Gadget Lab, Thanks:atul
 
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Charles Cooper / CNET News:
To catch a (cyber) thief: It's not easy
Devidutta Tripathy / Reuters:
India adds record 15.6 million mobile users in March
Discussion: Gizmodo
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Tories plan Google ambush of budget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware's first quarter better than expected
Discussion: PC World and Business Wire
Reuters:
Microsoft CEO says not interested in hardware buys
Discussion: The Register and OStatic blogs
Ed Oswald / VentureBeat:
Quickoffice beats Microsoft to the punch with iPhone app for Office documents
Discussion: infoSync World
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Time for an Internet A-Team?  —  Last week, I spoke to Joe Stewart …
Rodrigo Davies / BBC:
Slow start for Nokia's music plan
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Second Life cracks whip on adult content
Discussion: Associated Press
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Face recognition comes to Flickr
Discussion: Mashable!, TechSpot and Lifehacker
Business Wire:
AT&T's First-Quarter Results Highlighted by Wireless Gains …
Discussion: tinyComb