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5:20 PM ET, April 23, 2009

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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).
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; Misses Analyst Expectations
Rob Stacey / Google Mobile Blog:
Google Product Search for Android and iPhone  —  In my spare time, I like to build computer systems at home.  So I often use Google Product Search on a desktop computer to look for video cards, memory, and peripherals.  Google Product Search gives me information like prices, ratings, reviews, and product details from all over the web.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Google Product Search Finally Useful as Mobile Service
Discussion: TechCrunch and GPS Obsessed
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.
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Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces First Quarter Financial Results  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2009.  —  Operating cash flow was $1.76 billion for the trailing twelve months, compared with $1.04 billion for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2008.
Discussion: Digits and Silicon Alley Insider
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Sam Diaz / Between the Lines:
Amazon: “Kindle exceeded our most optimistic expectations”; beats Q1 estimates  —  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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Android Catches Up To Palm In Mobile Ad Market Share.  IPhone Still Blows It Away.  —  Android is making steady gains in mobile ad market share, accounting for 6 percent of all mobile ad requests measured by AdMob in its latest March metrics (full report embedded below).
Discussion: Electronista, InformationWeek and Big in Japan, Thanks:atul
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Fred / A VC:
A Second Market Is Emerging  —  Claire Cain Miller has a story in today's NY Times about Second Market, a NYC based company that makes markets in illiquid securities.  She reports that they will shortly be launching a marketplace for private company stock.  —  I've written about this idea in the past and I think it is badly needed.
Discussion: Dealscape and StartupDunia
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Dan Sabbagh / Times of London:
ITV, YouTube and Simon Cowell miss out on Susan Boyle windfall  —  ITV, YouTube and Simon Cowell have missed sharing a million-pound windfall because they have failed to reach a deal to sell advertising against clips of Susan Boyle, the internet singing sensation.
Bruce Perens / perens.com:
A Cyber-Attack on an American City  —  Just after midnight on Thursday, April 9, unidentified attackers climbed down four manholes serving the Northern California city of Morgan Hill and cut eight fiber cables in what appears to have been an organized attack on the electronic infrastructure of an American city.
Discussion: The Noisy Channel and Slashdot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple's Q2: Analyzing the analysts  —  No analyst we know of correctly predicted Apple's (AAPL) second fiscal quarter results for 2009, in which the company proved that computer makers don't have to slash prices or build “junky” $400 netbooks to weather an economic storm.  But some analysts did better than others.
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.
Discussion: Defamer - Gawker, Thanks:davidvgonzales
Chris Nuttall / blogs.ft.com:
Aliph and Plantronics in ears race escalation  —  It's an ears race rather than an arms race, but the contest for the coolest and quietest Bluetooth headset has just been stepped up another notch with new releases by Aliph and Plantronics.  —  San Francisco-based Aliph brought forward …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
The State Of The iPhone Is Strong — Very Strong  —  Of the major companies that announced their earnings yesterday, two of them, AT&T and Apple, beat Wall Street estimates largely thanks to a single product: The iPhone.  We're approaching the two year birthday of the device, and it still remains one of the hottest items out there.
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Methods to Offer Customized Control of Browser-Based Audio Content  —  In a patent application filed in November 2007 and released today, Apple reveals that it is researching methods for providing customized audio control for Internet browser content.
Discussion: CNET News
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
Joost shopping itself to satellite and cable providers  —  Joost is actively seeking a buyer and the beleaguered video service has told cable and satellite providers that it could be their online video solution, said sources with knowledge of the discussions.
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook TOS Voting Concludes, Users Vote for New Revised Documents  —  Facebook's first-ever user vote on proposed changes to the site's Terms of Service has just concluded, and the results are in: the new documents have won out over the old documents by a 74% - 26% margin.
Dan Morrill / Android Developers Blog:
Future-Proofing Your Apps  —  Hi, developers!  I hope you've heard about the early-look version of the Android 1.5 SDK that we recently released.  There are some great new features in there, but don't get too excited yet — some of you will need to fix some problems in your apps before you can start taking advantage of Android 1.5.
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:
PixelQi puts three displays in one  —  SAN JOSE, Calif—You have to be able to see a screen before you can use multitouch gestures on it.  —  Here at the Interactive Displays 2009 conference, while the rest of the budding touch-screen industry talks about the best way to incorporate multitouch …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 9.04 is available for download  —  Right on schedule, the folks at Canonical released the latest version of Ubuntu Linux this morning.  Ubuntu 9.04 adds a number of new features including a revamped notification system, support for the Ext4 file system, and updated applications like Firefox 3 and OpenOffice.org 3.0.
Bill Bergstrom / Associated Press:
Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K phone bill  —  PHILADELPHIA -  —  Their thumbs sure must be sore.  Two central Pennsylvania friends spent most of March in a text-messaging record attempt, exchanging a thumbs-flying total of 217,000.  For one of the two, that meant an inches-thick itemized bill for $26,000.
Discussion: AppScout, IntoMobile, Neowin.net and Gizmodo
Sumner Lemon / Network World:
Researchers show how to take control of Windows 7  —  Proof-of-concept code takes control of the computer during the boot process  —  Security researchers demonstrated how to take control of a computer running Microsoft's upcoming Windows 7 operating system at the Hack In The Box Security Conference (HITB) in Dubai on Thursday.
Nat Ives / AdAge:
‘Us Weekly’ Sells Facebook Fan Page Ad to State Farm  —  Social Network Doesn't Get Any Revenue From Deal  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Us Weekly has sold sponsorship of its new Facebook profile to State Farm in what appears to be a first for a media company on the social network website, as well as a first for a company's fan page.
Discussion: Mashable!, Thanks:mrinaldesai
Kevin Fitchard / blog.telephonyonline.com:
T-Mobile: 1 million Android phones sold  —  Deutsche Telekom revealed one particularly interesting tidbit when it released T-Mobile's Q1 subscriber numbers Monday: T-Mobile USA has sold 1 million G1 Android phones since the Google-powered device emerged in October.
 
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Gavin / The Open Rights Group:
Parliament buckles: copyright extension goes through to Council of Ministers
PR Newswire:
EMC Reports First-Quarter 2009 Financial Results
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Alice Marwick / tiara.org:
Foursquare, Locative Media, and Prescriptive Social Software - Part One
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Computer Buyers Have to Consider System Upgrades
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Why high-performance computing needs financial engineering
Theo Valich / Bright Side Of News:
nVidia's GT300 specifications revealed - it's a cGPU!
Discussion: Softpedia News and bit-tech.net
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look
Discussion: Storage Station and eWeek
csh.rit.edu:
Fun with YouTube's Audio Content ID System
Discussion: P2P Blog
Cecilia Kang / Washington Post:
Rural Riddle: Do Jobs Follow Broadband Access?
Discussion: DSLreports