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6:40 PM ET, July 21, 2009

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Apple:
Apple Reports Third Quarter Results  —  Best Non-Holiday Quarter Revenue and Earnings in Apple History  —  Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2009 third quarter ended June 27, 2009.  The Company posted revenue of $8.34 billion and a net quarterly profit of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per diluted share.
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Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Reports $1.23 Billion Profit for Q3 2009, Best Non-Holiday Quarter Ever  —  Apple today announced financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2009.  Apple posted revenue of $8.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $1.23 billion, or $1.35 per diluted share, compared to revenue …
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:   Apple Third-Quarter Profit Tops Analysts' Estimates on IPhone, Mac Sales
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
When will you get Windows 7 RTM?  —  When will I get Windows 7 RTM?  —  I recognize this is an important question to have answered.  Many of you have said you want to know exactly when you will be able to get your hands on RTM.  Last Monday, I gave an update on RTM to close out some myths.
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Tom Warren / Neowin.net:   Update on Win 7 RTM availability, MSDN and TechNet August 6
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo's New Homepage Gets Personal, Tests Search Filters  —  When I heard about the call with Yahoo yesterday, which was to feature “a significant announcement,” I thought: “Bing, here it is.”  When it turned out the call was about a formal announcement of the new Yahoo homepage I was disappointed; it seemed anti-climactic.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo's Bartz ‘pleased’ about quarter; Aims to make ads less annoying; Gives Bing kudos  —  Updated: Yahoo delivered second quarter earnings that were better than expected, shed some light on its future plans and even gave a nod to Microsoft's Bing search engine in contrast to comments made just a few weeks ago.
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Reports Second Quarter 2009 Results  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) today reported revenues of $1,573 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, a decrease of 13 percent from the second quarter of 2008.  Excluding the impact of currency rate fluctuations …
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
iPhone prototype goes missing; Chinese worker investigated, commits suicide
Paul Boutin / Wired News:
Laid Off?  It's Good for You and Good for the Tech Industry  —  Here in Silicon Valley, the recession has a different face than in Manhattan or Detroit.  Our panic is more genteel, softened by balmy California weather, a laid-back attitude, and, OK, the fact that we haven't had a local industry completely implode.
Discussion: VentureBeat and Between the Lines
Ben Rometsch / Solid State Group:
Google Wave - First Impressions  —  First Thoughts on Google Wave  —  Yesterday I was given my Developer Preview account by the Google Wave team.  To say I have been eager to try Wave out since watching the original video is something of an understatement!
Sydney Morning Herald:
The great WiFi robbery: police to patrol down your street  —  The Queensland Police fraud squad says it will be the first police force in the world to go on “wardriving” missions to warn homes and businesses if their wireless networks are not secure.  —  Detective Superintendent Brian Hay …
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Apple, Verizon Team Up on Tablet  —  Apple (AAPL Quote) will have a tablet computer in time for the holidays, but the company is still mulling how to sell it.  —  The device, designed as a larger version of the iPod Touch, will have a 9-inch to 10-inch touchscreen …
Discussion: DSLreports, TechCrunch and Unwired View, Thanks:allnick
Andrew Keen / Telegraph:
Amazon is not Big Brother  —  Amazon's removal of George Orwell e-books from Kindle was not a Big Brother moment.  —  Andrew Keen is @ajkeen on Twitter  —  At first blush, the irony appeared doubly Orwellian.  Last Friday morning, hundreds of Kindle owners in the United States woke …
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CNET News:
Microsoft closing YouTube rival  —  Last month, Microsoft told CNET News it planned to significantly scale back Soapbox.  Now it turns out Soapbox will be scaled all the way down to nothing.  —  “We have decided to shut down the Soapbox feature,” said Microsoft Vice President and MSN leader Erik Jorgensen in an e-mail.
Ben Thompson / BBC:
UAE Blackberry update was spyware  —  Middle East business reporter, BBC News, Dubai  —  An update for Blackberry users in the United Arab Emirates could allow unauthorised access to private information and e-mails.  —  The update was prompted by a text from UAE telecoms firm Etisalat, suggesting it would improve performance.
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
Intel boosts speed, cuts prices of solid-state drives  —  Intel is introducing new solid-state drives with increased performance as these devices find a more welcome home in Windows 7.  —  Intel said Tuesday it is moving to a more advanced 34-nanometer manufacturing process for its X series of solid-state drives (SSDs).
Thord Daniel Hedengren / The Blog Herald:
WordPress Switches to Hourly Pinging, Tells No One  —  Blogger Christian Bolstad found a new feature in WordPress 2.8, undocumented and not among the release notes in the Codex.  Basically, it changes the notification behavior of WordPress, from notifying ping services like Pingomatic …
Discussion: Geek News Central
Diane Bartz / Reuters:
Rural U.S. carriers unimpressed with Verizon offer  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Rural Cellular Association, whose members include about 100 small and medium-sized carriers, said on Tuesday it was encouraged by Verizon Wireless's offer to limit new exclusive handset deals but the offer was inadequate.
John Biggs / CrunchGear:
iPhone Push problem broadcasts your AIMs to random recipients, could affect jailbroken/unlocked phones  —  Till Schadde, founder of development house Equinux, has discovered an exploit - a broadcast error, really - that sends your AIM messages to random recipients without your knowledge or consent.
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans:
Motorola Morrison Picture Snapped, Appears Black And Blue  —  We first heard of the Motorola Morrison when it leaked on T-Mobile's 2009 Android Time Chart.  Soon after we saw the first Motorola Morrison picture.  But now, thanks to an anonymous phandroid tipster, we're seeing the clearest picture of the Motorola Morrison to date:
Toby Sterling / Associated Press:
Would-be buyer of Pirate Bay backpedals in court  —  AMSTERDAM — The would-be buyer of Web site The Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court Tuesday, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed.  —  Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X …
Josh Lowensohn / CNET News:
Digg: New URL-shortening system is here to stay  —  After two days of silence, Digg has gone on the record to officially acknowledge the change in how its shortened links are redirected, as well as clear up how links will be handled in the future.  —  The change, which took place on Sunday …
Discussion: Digg the Blog and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Yahoo Exec Departure: Chief Scientist Mobile Marc Davis Out  —  Yahoo Chief Scientist for Mobile and VP of Early Stage Products Marc Davis has left the company, we've heard from multiple sources, marking yet another of countless executive departures over the last couple of years.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Photo Tagger: Facial Recognition for Auto-Tagging Facebook Photos  —  We have invites, click through to get yours!  —  Earlier this year, a company called Face.com brought facial recognition technology to Facebook by way of an application called Photo Finder which scanned through untagged photos and identified the people within them.
James Leszczenski / Facebook Developers:
Rendering Facebook Connect in Other Languages  —  The Facebook website has been translated into 64 languages and locales over the past 18 months, with many more in progress.  And Facebook Connect has been implemented on some 15,000 sites, devices, and applications worldwide since its December, 2008, launch.
Zach Epstein / Boy Genius Report:
More pics of Sony Ericsson Xperia X2 surface; announcement imminent?  —  Historically speaking, an increased frequency in live shots generally indicates that an official announcement isn't far off.  Sony Ericsson fans can only hope that's the case as a new round of pics bubble up to show off …
Msav / ai.rs blog:
HTC Leo specs  —  ai.rs blog Exclusive  —  We are pleased to announce exclusive specifications of the upcoming HTC Leo.  It is expected that this name will change since it is temporary.  We are not certain about a release date yet, but we suppose HTC won't miss the chance to have it before the holidays - so we tip Q4/2009.
 
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