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4:40 AM ET, April 23, 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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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Apple's Tim Cook: Why don't we make netbooks?  Because they suck  —  Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook, who's leading the company in Steve Jobs' absence, took some sharp jabs at netbooks (computers that are smaller and cheaper than laptops) this afternoon.
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 …
Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple happy with AT&T, indicates no plans for CDMA iPhone
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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News Corporation:
Chris DeWolfe to Step Down as CEO of MySpace  —  Will serve as strategic advisor to Company  —  Los Angeles, CA, April 22, 2009 - MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and News Corporation's Chief Digital Officer Jonathan Miller, announced today that, by mutual agreement, Mr. DeWolfe will not be renewing …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The First Ten Things the New CEO of MySpace Should Do  —  There has been a lot of speculation on the future of MySpace since today's news that Chris DeWolfe may step down as CEO.  A few disclaimers: First, I'm personal friends with Chris and think the world of him.  He is a visionary, a great leader and a true gentleman.
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and everwas
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Speculation Time: Who's The Next CEO Of MySpace?
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
New Jawbone Headset: More Comfortable, Better Sound, Flashy Colors  —  I feel like I should start anything I write about headsets with a disclaimer: I've still never met one I can love unreservedly.  I have trouble getting them to stay in my ear; I find myself having to futz with buttons and Bluetooth …
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.
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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 …
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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Feel Like Shaking A Baby To Death? There's An App For That.
William P. Barrett / Forbes:
Steve Jobs: Nobody Loves Me  —  Steve Jobs, adulated gadget hero, was feeling underappreciated not too long ago.  —  Steve Jobs, the man rolling out iPods, iPhones and cool computers to millions of adoring customers, once felt he wasn't getting enough respect—from his own board of directors.
Discussion: Epicenter and Gawker
Jon / p2pnet:
Upsurge in anti-P2P actions under Obama  —  Movies:- Any hope that the appointment of five RIAA lawyers to the new US Department of Justice was something of an aberration can now be dashed.  —  And any doubt that the Obama administration will take over from George W. Bush …
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Jon / p2pnet:
Europe says No! to French anti-P2P plan
Discussion: ISPreview UK
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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Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
eBay's Q1 earnings dip despite Skype, Paypal boost
Discussion: The Register
Om Malik / GigaOM:   With an IPO on Its Mind, Skype Shows Growth
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
First Look: We Take YouTube RealTime For A Spin  —  Earlier today we reported on YouTube's plans to roll out a new real-time product that adds a new social layer to YouTube, allowing friends to share the videos they're watching with each other in real time, without having to turn to outside chat programs or Twitter.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Asks Users If They'll Pay For Vanity URLs  —  As Facebook searches for ways to increase their revenue, some users are being asked if they are willing to pay for vanity URLs.  For those unaware of what vanity URLs are, they are the short strings that follow “facebook.com”.
Discussion: The Blog Herald, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Jason Mick / DailyTech:
Time Warner, Embarq Fight to Outlaw 100 Mbps Community Broadband in Wilson, NC  —  The cable companies aren't happy that they've been one-upped in both price and quality of service  —  Time Warner Inc., after finally dropping its plans for metered internet services for the time being, appears to be back to its old ways.
Rodrigo Davies / BBC:
Slow start for Nokia's music plan  —  Nokia's all-inclusive Comes With Music mobile service has been much slower to attract UK consumers than expected, according to an industry consultancy.  —  Music Ally claimed yesterday that Comes With Music has won 23,000 British subscribers since launching last year.
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Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:
Exclusive: Nokia reveals Comes With Music stats
Discussion: Electronic Pulp
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
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
To catch a (cyber) thief: It's not easy  —  SAN FRANCISCO—The FBI agent whose undercover sting operation led to the dismantling of an international cybercrime ring believes that increasing transnational police cooperation is turning the tide against digital criminals.
Discussion: iTnews Australia
 
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Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Foodista Raises $550,000 From Amazon And Other Angels
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Tories plan Google ambush of budget
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
VMware's first quarter better than expected
Discussion: Business Wire
 Earlier Items: 
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Microsoft pubCenter beta goes public
Reuters:
Microsoft CEO says not interested in hardware buys
Discussion: The Register and OStatic blogs
iSuppli:
Amazon's Kindle 2 Costs $185.49 to Build, iSuppli Teardown Reveals
Discussion: Gadget Lab and TechSpot
Ed Oswald / VentureBeat:
Quickoffice beats Microsoft to the punch with iPhone app for Office documents
Discussion: infoSync World
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
To Tweet or Not to Tweet  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Alfred Hitchcock …
Discussion: Bits and Switched