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5:30 PM ET, July 23, 2009

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Microsoft:
Microsoft Reports Fourth-Quarter Results  —  The company delivered operational efficiency and innovation in a difficult environment.  —  Income Statements  —  Segment Revenue/Operating Income (Loss)  —  Financial Highlights  —  View the PowerPoint  —  Listen to the Webcast Earnings Release
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:   Whoa! Microsoft Q4 Sales Miss by $1B; Stock Down 8%
Joe Wilcox / BetaNews:
Apple has 91% of market for $1,000+ PCs, says NPD  —  Move over Microsoft.  Apple can claim big, big market share numbers, too.  According to NPD, in June, nine out of 10 dollars spent on computers costing $1,000 or more went to Apple.  Mac revenue market share in the “premium” price segment was 91 percent, up from 88 percent in May.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
Exclusive: New Features of iPod Touch, Nano Revealed in Dozens of Cases … What's the worst kept secret in China?  —  The features and dimensions of Apple's new iPod Touch and iPod Nano, which are hush-hush here in the U.S. ahead of their expected September unveiling, but are well-known in China.
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Where in the world are those 18.6 million iPod touches?  —  Apple (AAPL), for reasons known only to itself, does not report the number of iPod touches it has sold.  —  But it lets you do the math, and on Tuesday COO Tim Cook casually mentioned, in response to a question about the App Store …
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Mark Walsh / MediaPost:
iPhone Fever Spreads Across The Globe
Discussion: iPhone Buzz
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Relents, Lets You Change Your Username  —  Last month, Facebook finally announced that they would allow users to pick out custom usernames for use in vanity URLs that read www.facebook.com/username.  At the time, users were advised to “choose wisely” because the username they selected would be stuck with them for life.
Delvy / SpinVox Blog:
SpinVox's response  —  Statement … An article entitled ‘Voice technology firm under fire’ was published by the BBC this morning written by Rory Cellan-Jones.  It is the latest in a series of previously fair and accurate articles the BBC has written about SpinVox, but on this occasion …
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com, Thanks:mgcreed
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Rory Cellan-Jones / BBC:
Voice technology firm under fire  —  A UK firm that turns mobile messages into text faces questions over its privacy standards, technology and finances following a BBC investigation.  —  Spinvox's service aims to convert voice messages into text messages using advanced speech recognition software.
Amazon.com:
Amazon.com Announces Second Quarter Financial Results; Free Cash Flow Exceeds $1.5 Billion  —  Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2009.  —  Operating cash flow was $1.88 billion for the trailing twelve months …
Google Mobile Blog:
Layers of fun in Google Maps for mobile 3.2  —  Just as the world itself can be viewed through many lenses, the latest version of Google Maps for mobile allows you to view many layers of information on your map at the same time.  Layers make it easier and more useful to find and interact …
Jim Dalrymple / CNET News:
Apple releases new Final Cut Studio  —  Apple introduced on Thursday a new version of Final Cut Studio, the company's high-end video production suite.  —  The suite comes with six applications in all, including Final Cut Pro 7, Motion 4, Soundtrack Pro 3, Color 1.5, Compressor 3.5 and DVD Studio Pro 4.
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The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Reports 2009 Second-Quarter Results  —  The New York Times Company announced today second-quarter 2009 operating profit of $23.3 million compared with $40.3 million in the second quarter of 2008.  Excluding depreciation, amortization, severance and a pension charge as noted below …
AT&T:
Strong Wireless Growth, Continued Cost Discipline, Solid Free Cash Flow Highlight AT&T's Second-Quarter Results  —  * $.54 diluted EPS compared with $.63 for the year-earlier second quarter and $.53 in the first quarter of 2009; incremental noncash pension/retiree benefit costs reduced second-quarter 2009 EPS …
Alexander Haislip / PE Hub Blog:
Zappos CEO Wanted To Stay Independent, Sequoia Wanted Liquidity—Sources  —  The decision to sell hot online shoe retailer Zappos to Amazon.com was more in line with the interests of Sequoia Capital than the company's CEO, according to two sources close to the company.
Ben Worthen / Digits:
Oracle Strikes Again, Buys GoldenGate Software  —  The Oracle acquisition machine struck again Thursday, as the software giant snapped up GoldenGate Software, a closely held company whose products help business tie together data stored in different systems.  —  Bloomberg News
Discussion: TechCrunchIT, PC World and ReadWriteWeb
Ginny Mies / PC World:
Hands-On With the Samsung Mondi  —  Samsung's mobile Internet device has much to like, but it has flaws, too—both in performance and design.  —  Recommends  —  When I first got my hands on the WiMax-enabled Samsung Mondi back in April at CTIA, I was impressed by its slick design …
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
Video game publishers Microsoft, Ubisoft invading Hollywood's turf  —  For decades, Hollywood's relationship with video games has come down to one word: licensing.  Game publishers have been licensing and adapting movies all the way back to 1984's “E.T.”, and studios started doing the opposite with 1993's “Super Mario Bros.”
Ina Fried / CNET News:
AT&T chief: iPhone won't be exclusive forever  —  PASADENA, Calif.—It's not realistic to believe AT&T will have an exclusive on the iPhone forever, CEO Randall Stephenson said Thursday.  —  “There will be a day when you are not exclusive with the iPhone,” Stephenson said, speaking at Fortune's Brainstorm: Tech conference here.
Aaron / YouTube Blog:
More statistics coming to a video near you  —  When you discover videos on YouTube, we try to provide you with useful information about what it is you're watching — like total views, the number of ratings, and other metrics that make the site more transparent and the videos themselves more interesting.
Camille Ricketts / VentureBeat:
How-to video site 5min scores $7.5M for wider syndication  —  5min, a site that syndicates instructional videos to a host of other web sites reaching 200 million viewers a month, has raised $7.5 million in a second round of funding.  —  The 5min site itself has built a library of more than 100,000 short …
Mark Spoonauer / LAPTOP Mag:
Sony Promises Touchscreen VAIOs for Fall, PlayStation Network Support Coming  —  I was only half joking during a call yesterday with Sony's Mike Abary when I said that we should expect a touchscreen VAIO by the holidays, complete with Sony's Xross Media Bar interface and one-touch access …
Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Don't Let Google Close the Book on Reader Privacy!  —  If you suspect you may have a serious disease, you can go into a bookstore and browse for books about your illness, find one that's useful, and buy it with cash.  And you can rest assured that your insurance premiums won't increase as a result …
Discussion: PC World
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android To Invade Homes  —  Manufacturers are putting the Web giant's Android software in home management devices and remote controls.  —  In a sign that Google's Android mobile platform has a future far beyond cellphones, San Francisco-based start-up Touch Revolution says a string …
Erica Ogg / Webware.com:
Instant search comes to Splashtop  —  Splashtop in the U.S. and Japan will have a Yahoo search bar for quick Web queries.  —  (Credit: DeviceVM)  —  Computers loaded with Splashtop will soon be able to do very quick searches as soon as the pre-boot phase of the machine starts.
Discussion: BBC, PC World, VentureBeat and jkOnTheRun
ap.org:
Associated Press to build news registry to protect content  —  Registry will provide tools to monitor use of AP and member content online while also enabling new business opportunities  —  NEW YORK - The Associated Press Board of Directors today directed The Associated Press to create …
Discussion: MediaMemo and paidContent
David Pogue / New York Times:
The Irksome Cellphone Industry  —  Never let it be said that Congress never did anything for you.  —  In recent weeks, the Senate Commerce Committee has been holding hearings about handset exclusivity.  That's when a phone maker (like Apple) offers a particular model (like the iPhone) …
Thanks:atul
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
AOL May Spin Bebo Off Into Independent Company  —  Interesting off hand comment by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong at the Fortune event this morning.  Bebo, the social network AOL paid $850 million for in 2008, wasn't mentioned on the list of AOL's core product goals going forward.
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
BBC Dumps Plan for Internet-TV  —  British Broadcasting Corp. and two other TV networks ended an ill-fated attempt to establish a commercial Internet TV service in the U.K. Thursday, agreeing to sell the technology behind the scheme to Arqiva Ltd.  —  Known as Project Kangaroo …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
US Airways launching Gogo in-flight internet next year, to show WiFi logo when booking  —  Our wildest, most frenzied dreams are coming true, airline by airline.  As Aircell steps in to infiltrate yet another legacy carrier here in America, US Airways has finally caved to the pressures …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Electronista, Pulse2 and Gizmodo
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackspace Open Sources More Cloud Resources  —  The Rackspace Cloud has announced several moves to make its platform more attractive to open source developers and customers wary of being locked into proprietary cloud platforms.  Rackspace has open sourced the application programming interfaces …
 
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Kelvin Soh / Reuters:
Mobile gadgets threaten in-flight entertainment
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 Earlier Items: 
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Patent Application Details Touch-Sensitive Unmounting …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google building 3D hardware boost into Chrome
Discussion: Electricpig.co.uk
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Artificial brain ‘10 years away’