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8:40 PM ET, April 23, 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.
Discussion: Microsoft Watch, eWeek and Electronista
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News:
Now closing: GeoCities, a relic of Web's early days
Discussion: PC World, VentureBeat and Dealscape
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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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 …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
How the App Store got to 1 billion downloads
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: Fast Company and GigaOM
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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.
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, DSLreports and InformationWeek, Thanks:atul
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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: LinuxWorld.com
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Ubuntu 9.04 is available for download
Discussion: PC World, Datamation and LinuxWorld.com
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.
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
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.
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.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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: AppScout
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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: Inside Facebook, Thanks:mrinaldesai
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 …
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.
Discussion: Bits, The SiliconANGLE and Mashable!
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.
 
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Frank Rose / Epicenter:
The End of Innocence at Apple: What Happened After Steve Jobs Was Fired
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Meebo Brings Real-Time Chat To myYearbook
Discussion: VentureBeat and Mashable!
Business Wire:
T-Mobile Announces First-of-its-Kind ‘Embedded SIM’ for Machine-to-Machine Solutions
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Wenda Harris Millard And Dave Morgan On The Coming Golden Age Of TV And Journalism
Dancho Danchev / Zero Day:
Conficker's estimated economic cost? $9.1 billion
Eran Hammer-Lahav / Hueniverse:
Explaining the OAuth Session Fixation Attack
Discussion: Don Park's Daily Habit and OAuth, Thanks:atul
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Researching Methods to Offer Customized Control of Browser-Based Audio Content
 Earlier Items: 
Sumner Lemon / Network World:
Researchers show how to take control of Windows 7
Bill Bergstrom / Associated Press:
Record attempt reaps 217K texts, $26K phone bill
Discussion: IntoMobile and AppScout
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Oracle's Sun Deal: A Closer Look
Discussion: The Register, Storage Station and eWeek
Bruce Perens / perens.com:
A Cyber-Attack on an American City
Discussion: The Noisy Channel