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7:00 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
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 …
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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.
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The First Ten Things the New CEO of MySpace Should Do
Discussion: blogs.ft.com and TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
With MySpace Changes, a Social Networking Era Ends
Discussion: Internet Evolution
John Herrman / Gizmodo:
Pirate Bay Judge Connected With Copyright Lobby, Faces Accusations of Bias  —  Tomas Norström, the judge who sentenced the Pirate Bay Four, was recently found to have been a member of two copyright advocacy organizations, prompting rumblings about a mistrial.
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The Local:
Pirate Bay lawyer calls for retrial  —  A lawyer representing one of the men convicted in the Pirate Bay trial has called for a retrial after reports that the judge was a member of the same copyright protection organisations as several of the main entertainment industry representatives.
Discussion: The Register
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:   Pirate Bay Judge Accused of Bias, Calls for a Retrial
Ze Pequeno / Tiny Mix Tapes:
Joe Biden's Problem with Music  —  A different perspective on the RIAA's takeover of the Department of Justice  —  If there's something to be said about Vice Presidents, it's that they can wield unlikely power.  They may be just background figures at times, men who are simply one heartbeat away from becoming President themselves.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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Jon / p2pnet:   Upsurge in anti-P2P actions under Obama
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: Gawker
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Brian X. Chen / Epicenter:   Forbes Uncovers Jobs' Deposition From Backdating Scandal
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 …
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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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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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.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
Orange and Wikimedia join forces for mobile information portals  —  European telecom company Orange has struck a deal with the Wikimedia Foundation to expand mobile access to a broad range of information and content in the U.K., Spain, Poland and France.  After a short pilot period …
Discussion: The Register, Digits and TechCrunch
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: Mashable! and louisgray.com, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
DigiTimes:
MSI to showcase Android-based netbook at Computex, says paper  —  Micro-Star International (MSI) plans to showcase an Android-based netbook at Computex 2009 aiming to gain orders from global PC vendors, according to a Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) report.
Kelly Jackson Higgins / darkREADING:
Researchers Find Massive Botnet On Nearly 2 Million Infected Consumer, Business, Government PCs  —  More than 70 government-owned domains hit, and nearly half of the overall infections are in the U.S.  —  Researchers have discovered a major botnet operating out of the Ukraine …
Discussion: Technology Live
Terrence Russell / VentureBeat:
eBay's Q1 earnings dip despite Skype, Paypal boost  —  eBay has just released its first quarter financials for 2009, beating analyst estimates.  But, like many other tech companies, the online auctioneer wasn't exactly immune to the lagging economy.  —  By the numbers, the San Jose …
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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.
 
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Alastair Jamieson / Telegraph:
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Jon / p2pnet:
Europe says No! to French anti-P2P plan
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