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4:15 AM ET, April 24, 2009

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Third-Quarter Results  —  Lower operating expenses narrow revenue gap in difficult economic environment.  —  Income Statements  —  Segment Revenue and Operating Income (Loss)  —  Third Quarter Form 10-Q  —  View the PowerPoint Earnings Release
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Joseph Tartakoff / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Microsoft Posts First Ever Drop in Revenue; Online Ad Revenue Falls 16 Percent  —  Hit hard by the recession, Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) reported the first year-over-year revenue drop in its history Thursday—and posted revenue short of analysts' expectations.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Quietly Pulls The Plug On Geocities  —  Not with a bang, but with a whimper.  Yahoo! is unceremoniously closing GeoCities, one of the original web-hosting services acquired by Yahoo! in 1999 for $2.87 billion.  (Fun venture fact: Fred Wilson's Flatiron Partners was an investor).
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Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple apologizes for Baby Shaker  —  Apple issued a statement Thursday apologizing for allowing the “Baby Shaker” application onto the App Store.  —  Just hours before the App Store offers up its 1 billionth download, Apple was forced to acknowledge that perhaps the most notorious iPhone …
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Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Apple Apology For Baby Shaker Criticized  —  The application, which depicts a crying baby, has users quiet the infant by vigorously shaking the smartphone.  —  Apple on Thursday apologized for offering on its App Store the “deeply offensive” Baby Shaker iPhone application that sparked protests from groups fighting infant abuse.
Discussion: Post I.T., iPhone Savior and AppScout
The Official Google Blog:
Try out new features in Google Toolbar Labs  —  One of the best things about working on the Google Toolbar team is that when someone says “Wouldn't it be great if Toolbar could...,” our answer is usually “Yes!  Let's build it!”  And then it's just a question of when.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:   Google Continues To Center On Location. Adds It To Its Toolbar.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hiring Of New MySpace CEO Settles Many Old Scores  —  MySpace parent company News Corp. continues to leak, off record, that Owen Van Natta is in the final stages of becoming the new CEO of MySpace (one of the more obvious candidates on our list yesterday).  Van Natta certainly has the experience …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Van Natta in at MySpace: Appointment to Be Announced Tomorrow
Discussion: paidContent.org and Fast Company
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Undoing Meg Whitman's eBay  —  Before voting for Meg Whitman for governor, California residents would do well to consider what has been happening at eBay since she stepped down as chief executive.  John Donahoe, her successor, has pretty much disassembled all of her major strategic moves.
Discussion: TomsTechBlog.com
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Obama's BlackBerry  —  President Obama will soon get his souped-up, high-security BlackBerry for use in and around the White House and during presidential travel, according to Obama administration officials.  The top-secret BlackBerry 8830 is in the final stages of development …
Christopher Meinck / Everything Pre:
Palm Pre In the Wild, YouTube App  —  Photos of the Palm Pre in the wild have cropped up today on Twitter (via lo_toney) and have since been removed.  The photos show the YouTube videos application and composing an email on the Palm Pre.  The YouTube videos application looks similar to the same app that appears on Palm's Treo Pro.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple's App Store: 1 Billion Served  —  Well, it finally happened.  Apple just delivered its 1 Billionth application download from the App Store, which currently features over 25,000 apps (35,000 by one estimate) built by thousands of developers.  The significance of the milestone …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How the App Store got to 1 billion downloads
Ted Ullyot / Facebook Blog:
Results of the Inaugural Facebook Site Governance Vote  —  Today, the Facebook site governance vote ended after a week in which you were able to voice your opinions as to which documents should serve as the foundation for governing the site.  On behalf of everyone at Facebook …
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook TOS Voting Concludes, Users Vote for New Revised Documents
David Gonzales / Electronic Pulp:
Salma Hayek's Apple MobileMe account hacked, couldn't have been easier  —  As I write this, people are accessing the personal Apple MobileMe account of Hollywood actress Salma Hayek, after its login details were posted earlier today on Anonymous imageboard 4chan.org.
Ben Charny / Digits:
Steve Jobs Spends Less Time on His Private Jet  —  Steve Jobs's private jet has almost been grounded over the last six months.  —  Getty Images  —  Steve Jobs at an Apple event in October  —  Apple says in a regulatory filing that it didn't reimburse the CEO for use of his Gulfstream during …
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee:
Netflix: Kiosks Will Be No.1 Competitor, Future of Video is Social  —  Netflix ended the first quarter of 2009 with a bang, meeting the high end of its guidance with 10.3 million total subscribers and $394.1 million in quarterly revenue, the company announced today.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Software That Copies DVDs to Players Is on Trial  —  SAN FRANCISCO — RealNetworks says it wants to help increase DVD sales by allowing people to copy their movie discs.  Hollywood studios say that idea will only hurt their already struggling business.  The two sides square off in a federal court …
Discussion: Associated Press, AppScout and Beet.TV
Amy Gahran / E-Media Tidbits:
INDenverTimes Troubles May Signal Difficulty of Replicating Newsrooms  —  Funders of INDenverTimes — the independent online-only startup founded by former employees of the Rocky Mountain News — announced today they will not move forward under the original business model but will explore …
Gmail Blog:
PowerPoint and TIFF file viewing  —  A few months ago, we added fast online viewing of PDFs in your browser.  As of today, that same viewer now supports TIFF and Microsoft PowerPoint document formats too: you can now view TIFF and PPT files online, directly in your browser …
Discussion: Google Operating System and Mashable!, Thanks:atul
Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Amazon: “Kindle exceeded our most optimistic expectations”; beats Q1 estimates  —  updated: Amazon may be taking a lesson from Apple when it comes to earnings.  Forecast low, come in high and keep everyone on Wall Street smiling.  The company surpassed analysts' expectations for the first quarter …
Therese Poletti / MarketWatch:
Inaptly-named Cuil has disappeared from view  —  Commentary: Search startup may end up fizzling  —  SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Remember Cuil, the Silicon Valley startup that was going to challenge Google Inc. as the world's leading search engine?  —  Apparently not many people do.
Discussion: Venture Chronicles
Yelp Official Blog:
Public Comments for Business Owners  —  Last night we rolled out a highly anticipated feature that allows business owners to publicly comment on their reviews.  Already we've seen a number of sharp-eyed businesses make good use of this new functionality to provide additional context around specific reviews …
Discussion: CNET News and Screenwerk, Thanks:atul
Scott Gilbertson / webmonkey:
Slick New Ubuntu ‘Jaunty Jackalope’ Springs Onto Netbooks  —  The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is hot off the press and available for download.  The new release, known as “Jaunty Jackalope,” continues Ubuntu's slow but steady progression with a handful of slick new features …
Discussion: helpful stuff, ITworld.com and PC World
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Apple taps developers to test new Snow Leopard beta  —  Apple on Thursday notified developers by email that they could begin downloading and testing a new pre-release build of the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system, the second beta of the software released this month.
Discussion: Softpedia News and MacRumors
The Boy Genius / Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9630 is the BlackBerry Tour?  —  We're seriously going out on a limb here, but we've received word the BlackBerry 9630, the device we all know and love, will make its debut into the world as the BlackBerry Tour.  Not even going to comment on the name, we'll leave that up to you.
 
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Carlo Longino / Techdirt:
After Five Years, Apparently The Mobile Virus Flood Is Really Coming This Time
Discussion: BBC
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
As VCs struggle to survive, Trinity closes new $300M fund
Agence France Presse:
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Frank Rose / Epicenter:
The End of Innocence at Apple: What Happened After Steve Jobs Was Fired
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
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Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
ITV, YouTube and Simon Cowell miss out on Susan Boyle windfall
Rob Stacey / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android and iPhone