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6:45 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 …
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: 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
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Twitter OAuth “Temporarily Disabled”, Developers Left Hanging
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple approves ‘Baby Shaker’ for App Store  —  If you needed any further proof that Apple's App Store approval process is horrifyingly out of whack, consider one of the latest additions to the App Store: Baby Shaker.  —  A company called Sikalosoft is currently selling a $0.99 iPhone application called Baby Shaker, as of Monday.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple removes ‘Baby Shaker’ from App Store
Discussion: Gizmodo
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Feel Like Shaking A Baby To Death? There's An App For That.
Discussion: Digits and KRAPPS
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,
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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?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Chris DeWolfe Likely to Step Down as MySpace CEO; News Corp. Talking to Facebook Veteran Owen Van Natta  —  MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe is likely to be on his way out of the company he helped found, and News Corp., which bought the social network in 2005, has a single potential successor in mind.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Speculation Time: Who's The Next CEO Of MySpace?
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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, Twitterrati, Switched and MediaMemo
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” …
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 …
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 …
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?
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.
Discussion: The Apple Core, iLounge and Switched, Thanks:bobcaswell
Jeremy Kirk / PC World:
Nokia: We Don't Know Why Criminals Want Our Old Phones  —  The mystery why cybercriminals want a discontinued Nokia phone isn't getting any clearer.  —  Hackers have been offering up to €25,000 (US$32,413) in undergrounds forums for Nokia 1100 phones made in the company's former factory in Bochum, Germany.
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 …
Thanks:atul
Washington Post:
‘Causes’ Social Networking May Be All Talk, No Cash for Nonprofits Seeking Funds  —  Though Popular, ‘Causes’ Ineffective for Fundraising  —  It seems foolproof: nonprofits using the power of the Internet to raise money through a clever Facebook application.
Discussion: Post I.T.
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: Gadget Lab and New York Times, Thanks:atul
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.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Epicenter and The SiliconANGLE
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 …
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Time for an Internet A-Team?  —  Last week, I spoke to Joe Stewart, a senior security researcher at Atlanta based SecureWorks who probably has done more than any other researcher to make life more difficult and expensive for cyber crooks.  —  Stewart is speaking at the RSA Security conference …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
AT&T to shut CallVantage Internet phone service  —  AT&T Inc. is shutting down its CallVantage Internet-based phone service, according to letters received by subscribers this week.  —  The announcement is another nail in the coffin for Internet phone service of the kind that was pioneered …
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Face recognition comes to Flickr  —  Without any big fuss, a face-recognition feature has been added to Flickr.  —  The new feature was launched recently by Swedish start-up Polar Rose.  It lets users import all their photos from a Flickr account to an account on Polar Rose …
Discussion: Mashable!, TechSpot and Lifehacker
 
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Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun:
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Cache-poisoning attack snares top Brazilian bank
Discussion: CircleID
Mats Lewan / CNET News:
Sorting out the Pirate Bay verdict
Discussion: The Register