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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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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Apple Sold Twice As Many iPhones As Macs Last Quarter.  And It's Closing The Gap On iPod Sales Too  —  The quarterly numbers are in for Apple.  And once again they're very good.  It was another non-holiday record quarter in terms of revenues and earnings.  But the real number that jumps off the page is the iPhone 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.
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Ning Raises $15 Million More at a-Yes, Really-$750 Million Valuation  —  In a quiet fundraising effort, Ning has raised $15 million more, a round that is valuing the social networking start-up at an eye-popping $750 million valuation.  —  In its last fundraising $60 million round a little …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo to Acquire Xoopit for About $20 Million  —  Yahoo plans on announcing Thursday that has bought Xoopit for a price in the $20 million range, according to several sources, one of its first acquisitions in a long while.  —  Reached late this afternoon by BoomTown, a Yahoo (YHOO) …
Kevin Michaluk / CrackBerry.com blogs:
Video First Look: BlackBerry Storm 9550 in Action!  —  Download Storm 9550 Movie.  Be sure to click HD to watch in high quality.  —  * update: wow, apologies in the video for flipping around the device so much in my hands.  must have had too much green tea this afternoon.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
How Much Is That Apple Tablet Going To Cost?  Not $399 Or $499.  —  There are always good bits of data you can pry from Apple's cold fingers during the Q&A sessions of its quarterly earnings conference calls.  Today was no different.  —  As usual, a question came up about Apple entering the …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Artists Find Backers as Labels Wane  —  There was a time when most aspiring musicians had the same dream: to sign a deal with a major record label.  —  Now, with the structure of the music business shifting radically, some industry iconoclasts are sidestepping the music giants and inventing …
Discussion: 901am and TeleRead
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Probably Not The Palm Pre Chart Roger McNamee Wants To See  —  “You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two- year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone,” Elevation Partners (which owns a huge portion of Palm) co-founder Roger McNamee told Bloomberg in March.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and Edible Apple
Michael Fleming / Variety:
Sam Raimi plays ‘Warcraft’  —  Director signs on for live-action adaptation of vidgame  —  Sam Raimi has signed on to direct “Warcraft,” the live-action film adaptation of the fantasy videogame franchise “World of Warcraft.”  —  Legendary Pictures and vidgame publisher Blizzard Entertainment …
Chinmei Sung / Bloomberg:
Hon Hai Suspends Security Official Following Suicide of IPhone Employee  —  Hon Hai Group, the world's largest contract-manufacturer of electronics, suspended a security official at one of its subsidiaries after the death of an employee who lost a prototype of an Apple Inc. iPhone.
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
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Associated Press:   Chinese Worker Commits Suicide Over Missing iPhone Prototype
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple confirms death of iPhone worker in China
Scott Moritz / TheStreet.com:
Tech Rumor of the Day: Apple, Verizon Team Up on Tablet  —  The device, being from Apple, will come with a big price tag.  To reduce some of the sticker shock, in a market awash in $300 netbooks, Verizon will pick up part of the buyer's cost.  How that will work continues to be debated, though.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Adknowledge buys Super Rewards, expands to virtual goods advertising  —  Offer-based advertising company Super Rewards has been bought by advertising conglomerate Adknowledge in one of the largest acquisitions to date among companies that build services on social networking platforms.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Dell Drops Adamo Price to Compete with MacBook Air  —  Dell has dropped the prices of their Adamo ultraportables, matching the low-end MacBook Air.  The higher-end Adamo, however, is still more expensive than Apple's top of the line model.  Apocalypse is, no doubt, very near.
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.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Exclusive: MySpace Mail Slated To Launch Thursday  —  This Thursday, MySpace plans to roll out its own webmail, paidContent has learned from sources familiar with the plans.  The News Corp (NYSE: NWS). social network, like competitor Facebook, allows messaging—a much-used service …
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.
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
DiggBar Changes Permanent - No Longer A Short URL Service
Discussion: Shooting at Bubbles, Thanks:atul
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Facebook Video: Now Serving 1 Billion Views A Month, Including This Amazing Zuck Impression  —  For the last few months Facebook has been regularly posting promotional videos to its Career site, introducing prospective applicants to all the neat things that go on behind the scenes.
Andrew LaVallee / Digits:
AT&T to Power Upcoming E-Reader  —  AT&T said Wednesday that it will provide the 3G data connectivity for Plastic Logic's e-reader when the device becomes available next year.  —  All Things D  —  Plastic Logic CEO Richard Archuleta shows off the company's e-reader at the D conference in May.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Another Mainstream Media Castoff Joins TechCrunch: Welcome Paul Carr  —  Two weeks ago the venerable UK newspaper The Guardian, facing budget cuts, fired new media columnist and author Paul Carr.  Their loss is our gain - he now works for TechCrunch.  —  Most recently Carr wrote a weekly column …
Discussion: TechCrunch Europe, Thanks:nickgon
Tim Conneally / BetaNews:
The tipping point: iPhone users turn against AT&T  —  The iPhone crowd has turned into an anti-AT&T mob.  Spend 30 seconds on Twitter or perform even the most basic search for iPhone and AT&T information and you're sure to run into some serious rancor from disgusted iPhone users across the country.
Discussion: MobileContentToday
Daniel Shen / DigiTimes:
HTC to offer Qualcomm BMP-based handsets, hike adoption of Android  —  Taiwan-based High Computer Tech (HTC) will launch a high-profile 3G handset based on Qualcomm's Brew Mobile Platform (BMP) in September or October targeting the consumer segment, according to industry sources in Taiwan.
Discussion: Android Phone Fans and SlashGear
GamePolitics News:
In Lawsuit, Banned Resistance Player Alleges that Sony Violated Free Speech and Stole His Money  —  A PlayStation 3 gamer has filed suit in U.S. District Court in California, alleging that SCEA suppressed his free speech rights and caused him pain and suffering by banning his account on the PlayStation Network.
Discussion: Destructoid, Kotaku and Ars Technica
 
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