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6:30 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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's client revenue skids; Blame netbooks, Windows 7 deferrals  —  Microsoft's fourth quarter earnings were better than expectations excluding items, but the software giant's client (Windows) revenue skidded 29 percent compared to a year ago.  For the three months ended June 30 …
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.
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Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:   Flip philosophical as iPod touch primes to eat the casual video market
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.
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 …
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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 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
The Online Payment Wars Continue: PayPal Officially Announces Flexible API  —  While Ebay's Q2 earnings yesterday showed that its marketplace business was slow, the company's revenue was boosted by continued growth in its online payments business, including PayPal and BillMeLater.
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Webware.com and Mashable!
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Ina Fried / CNET News:   PayPal will be bigger than eBay.com, CEO says
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 …
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Karl Bode / DSLreports:
iPhone Complaints Not Hurting AT&T's Wallet …
Discussion: mocoNews
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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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 …
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:   Is the AP Adding DRM to the News? Not Yet.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 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 and ReadWriteWeb
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.
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Yahoo-Microsoft deal unlikely this week, source says  —  Microsoft and Yahoo may well reach some sort of search partnership, but any deal is unlikely to come this week, a source told CNET News.  —  The on-again, off-again talks reportedly heated up last week, with Microsoft executives said to travel to Yahoo.
Discussion: TheNextWeb.com
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.”
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.
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
EtherPad Gets A Makeover And Becomes Even More Of A Threat To Google Docs (Invites)  —  AppJet's EtherPad, the real-time Google Docs-like wiki tool we wrote about last fall, has been upgraded to be prettier, more user-friendly and far more collaborative than before.
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 …
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.
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) …
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Nicholas Kolakowski / eWeek:
Apple Investigated Foxconn Complaints Before iPhone Suicide Case
Hugh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Don't Let Google Close the Book on Reader Privacy!
Discussion: PC World
David Kaplan / paidContent:
NYTimes.com Introduces Self-Serve Ads For Hyperlocal Sites
Aaron O. Patrick / Wall Street Journal:
BBC Dumps Plan for Internet-TV
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day:
China's Green Dam and the cyberwar implications
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Click Fraud's New Asian Connection
Discussion: The Bivings Report and TechCrunch
Ina Fried / CNET News:
Digital music suffering from entrepreneur drain
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Kontera Raises $15.5M For Annoying In-Text Advertising Technology
Discussion: paidContent and Globes Online
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Fine / Business Week:
Bidders Emerge for BusinessWeek
Discussion: PE Hub Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ooyala Hits Profitability In A Crowded Market, Looking For A New CEO
Discussion: The SiliconANGLE and Contentinople
Elizabeth Woyke / Forbes:
Google's Android To Invade Homes
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Rackspace Open Sources More Cloud Resources
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
Apple Patent Application Details Touch-Sensitive Unmounting …
Discussion: AppleInsider
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
Artificial brain ‘10 years away’